I do my own as well. If I would recommend a NY dealership - I'd go with Grand Prix.
Its a bit of a drive out to Rt 106/107 but WELL worth it.
They rock for anything service/parts related.
If you're going to have a local (Manhattan) shop do it (maybe a Spanish Harlem or East Villege shop)
then yeah, by all means bring your own oil and filter. Personal preference and there are a lot of threads on what to (or not) to use.
I usually go with Castrol Edge Titanium, also like Motul and Amsoil Signature Series oils (OEM viscosity).
And either grab a Subaru black oil filter or a Purlator PureOne.
Someone recently posted that the Mazda RX8 filters fit our cars too.
They are larger, made by the same manufacturer as the JDM/black Subaru filters and have the correct oil pressure specs.
I'm going to try one next time.
Last edited by Perscitus; 04-11-2013 at 02:41 PM..