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View Poll Results: You top pick? (multiple choice this time-- for those that like a few of the places)
New York 61 29.33%
London 53 25.48%
Hong Kong 37 17.79%
Tokyo 28 13.46%
Paris 29 13.94%
Voters: 208. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-15-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Big cities like Tokyo certainly have all kinds of restaurants. I was talking about authentic foods relatively rare or very different in other countries. Raw fish/meat is a good example of that.
Personally I am not a fan of (traditional) Japanese cuisine. Many things are too sweet for me with teriyaki-like sauce, others are too salty (the ramen noodle soups and miso soup in Japan are generally extremely salty). But right, I may be biased because I like spicy food. If I choose to go to Asian restaurants in the US, normally I choose either Sichuan, Thai or Indian. (Even Americanized Thai food is too sweet for me.) In fact I almost never go to Japanese restaurants by myself.

However, I have not tried any high-end places in Tokyo, just small restaurants.
Right, many big cities have a large variety of international restaurants--I'm just saying that I've been really impressed with the quality of them. Again, while raw fish and meat do have a presence in Japanese cuisine, there is a vast number of dishes that do not involve either.

If spicy in terms of food being chili pepper sort of hot, then it is slimmer pickings for spicy food in Tokyo compared to NYC (not sure about Paris or London in this regard; certainly London has a lot of Indian cuisine, but they might tone it down a bit) since NYC has a largr number of Mexican, Sichuan, Hunan, Thai, West African, and South Asian restaurants that don't go easy on people.
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I judged by how easy an enjoyable and valuable day trip can be made out of the city center.

London -- Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Stratford on Avon.

Paris -- Chateau de Fontainebleau, Normandy.

Tokyo -- Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Karuizawa, Nikko.

Hong Kong -- Macau, various outlying islands.

NYC -- Can't think of a lovely destination for day trip. Maybe Princeton NJ.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:30 PM
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Location: Ontario
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I judged by how easy an enjoyable and valuable day trip can be made out of the city center.

London -- Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Stratford on Avon.

Paris -- Chateau de Fontainebleau, Normandy.

Tokyo -- Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Karuizawa, Nikko.

Hong Kong -- Macau, various outlying islands.

NYC -- Can't think of a lovely destination for day trip. Maybe Princeton NJ.
NYC....day trip? ....Hamptons....Catskills...Hudson Valley....

I voted for London....NYC would be second for me.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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I've been to all of them several time. so I'm an expert.
Sorry but that does not make you an expert.
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Old 06-16-2018, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I judged by how easy an enjoyable and valuable day trip can be made out of the city center.

London -- Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Stratford on Avon.
You could add Brighton to that list and other seaside resorts.

As for food and restaurants, London has a plentiful supply.

The best food in London: 55 must-try dishes in the capital's restaurants -The Evening Standard

The 50 Best Things To Eat In London - Iconic Foods - Bucket List

100 Brilliant Budget Restaurants | London's Best Cheap Eats - Time Out

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Old 06-16-2018, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Much as I love NYC, the lack of investment in the subway and certainn infrastructure lets the city down, indeed some are arguing for higher fares and more investment.

People go on about high fares in London, but Transport for London is a non profit making with 68% of your fare, spent on the everyday running costs of the network and 32% on improving it for the future.

Reinvesting in transport - Transport for London

NYC has some major decisions to make in relation to it's subway and certain other infrastructure.

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Old 06-16-2018, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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I judged by how easy an enjoyable and valuable day trip can be made out of the city center.

London -- Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Stratford on Avon.

Paris -- Chateau de Fontainebleau, Normandy.

Tokyo -- Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Karuizawa, Nikko.

Hong Kong -- Macau, various outlying islands.

NYC -- Can't think of a lovely destination for day trip. Maybe Princeton NJ.
I d rather go to Lille or Lyon than Fontainebleau for an entire day...
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I d rather go to Lille or Lyon than Fontainebleau for an entire day...
Lille is only 1 hour 30 minutes from London and it's only 2 hours to Paris and Brussels on the train and vice versa, and you can change for other nearby cities such as Bruges or Antwerp.

So you could visit any of these places for the day and Eurostar fares are fairly reasonable.

Day trip to Paris | Eurostar - London

Eurostar.com | London - Lille | Eurostar from £29‎

London - Brussels | Eurostar from £29‎

There are also direct trains from St Pancras to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the South of France including Lyon, Avignon and Marseille and there is also the direct ski train to Aime La Plagne in the Apls.

European City Breaks | Weekend Breaks to Europe | Eurostar

Direct Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille | Times, prices, tickets

Train to La Plagne | Ski Train | Eurostar

Planned new direct services Eurostar train services from London include Bordeaux, Frankfurt and Geneva.

Next Bordeaux, then Frankfurt and Geneva – the cities you will soon be able to reach direct by train - The Telegraph

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Old 06-16-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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Lille is only 1 hour 30 minutes from London and it's only 2 hours to Paris and Brussels on the train and vice versa, and you can change for other nearby cities such as Bruges or Antwerp.

So you could visit any of these places for the day and Eurostar fares are fairly reasonable.

Day trip to Paris | Eurostar - London

Eurostar.com | London - Lille | Eurostar from £29‎

London - Brussels | Eurostar from £29‎

There are also direct trains from St Pancras to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the South of France including Lyon, Avignon and Marseille and there is also the direct ski train to Aime La Plagne in the Apls.

European City Breaks | Weekend Breaks to Europe | Eurostar

Direct Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille | Times, prices, tickets

Train to La Plagne | Ski Train | Eurostar

Planned new direct services Eurostar train services from London include Bordeaux, Frankfurt and Geneva.

Next Bordeaux, then Frankfurt and Geneva – the cities you will soon be able to reach direct by train - The Telegraph
Paris Lille is 60 minutes in average

London is too short for one day, minimum, great minimum is a weekend... But overall the moral is, this north west europe is full of options you can reach easily for a day or two
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:59 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Much as I love NYC, the lack of investment in the subway and certainn infrastructure lets the city down, indeed some are arguing for higher fares and more investment.

People go on about high fares in London, but Transport for London is a non profit making with 68% of your fare, spent on the everyday running costs of the network and 32% on improving it for the future.

Reinvesting in transport - Transport for London

NYC has some major decisions to make in relation to it's subway and certain other infrastructure.

The US in general is terrible about mass transit investment. The NYC subway has been having some really rough breakdowns and delays in the last few years, but it's still the best in the US due to its coverage and 24/7 access.

Hopefully this new head of the subway system makes good on fixing the system's performance. In the meantime, the city has been and is still launching a bunch of ferries.
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