Dining in the vicinity of the Finch Subway Station
I don't know this area at all, but I need to advise a pair of professionals who will be having a meeting near there whether they should look for dinner in this vicinity before flying out of town, or head directly to the airport, where we know the choices will be more limited.
Thank you for your advice.
It all depends on what type of cuisine you're looking for.
My favorite Italian restaurant is;
5310 Yonge Street
The restaurant is small and cozy and I'm sure it will be a proper setting for a business meeting before they head off to the airport. The food is always fresh and they use high quality ingredients plus they have a wine list to meet everyones budget from the cheap to the expensive. I've already dinned there twice since my review and I really enjoy their patio.
For casual everything type of fare I would recommend moxies in the yonge & sheppard area, the food is ok there is room to have a larger table for a meeting and the drinks are my reason for going there.
For Japanese I would recommend Hooraiya at yonge & north york blvd, the fish is top notch and incredibly reasonable. Once again it is a smaller place but as long as you're able to get a table your professionals wont feel unrushed.
Asian Legend, Cuisine of India, Thai Bistro, Milestone's are closer to North York Center/Empress Walk Plaza than Yonge & Finch.
At Yonge & Finch, there about 2 pubs.
Walking south of Yonge & Finch, you'll pass by Korean restaurants and Persian restaurants.
5095 Yonge Street,
5186 Yonge Street,
Cuisine of India:
In these big, simple suburban rooms, cellphones ring and no one seems to mind. The food, however, is elegance itself. Appetizers are more like hors doeuvre: bite-sized fried pods of minced paneer and spinach ($4.50), packed with garlic and mint, take well to either the mint-coriander or tamarind- jaggery dipping sauces. Entrées issuing from the glass-caged tandoor, like chicken grilled on the bone ($9.95), are the epitome of succulence, with a hallmark pink-orange coating. Dhal maharani ($7.50) gives tiny black lentils the royal treatment. To close the feast, two warm balls of gulab jamun ($3.75) are dizzyingly sweet.
Address: 5222 Yonge St., 416-229-0377
5306 Yonge Street,
This turquoise-bathed bistro caters to a pan-Asian palate, name notwithstanding, blending the flavours of Cantonese, Szechuan, Thai and Japanese cuisine. Complimentary hoisin-glazed chicken skewers and deep-fried won tons prep taste buds for such sumptuous starters as tender and garlicky calamari ($5.95) and coriander-laced Thai spring rolls ($3.25). Grilled mains are the choice of loyal locals, including the orange duck ($14.95), sweet and succulent on the inside and perfectly charred on the outside. The health-conscious may prefer the numerous steamed items, including the ginger chicken medley with steamed seasonal vegetables ($10.95). Premium sake ($10.95, six ounces) betters the unexceptional house wine ($5.25 a glass). Swift and astute service leaves no water glass unfilled. Closed Monday.
Address: 5445 Yonge St., 416-512-9879
Warm and friendly from the get-go, even as a few nearby biz types do their deals between bites. The menu has one foot planted in Italy (with pizzas and pastas), the other in the Middle East. Begin with a dish from the latter category: Kashke Bademjan ($6.95) is a dip of eggplant thats made both light with yogurt and fresh with mint, served beside outstanding sesame seedflecked flatbread, its crispy exterior giving way to a chewy middle. Lamb kebab ($17.49) brings a series of plump, sizzling chops beside basmati rice and an iceberg salad. Among pasta mains, four-cheese tortellini in a punchy garlic sauce also impresses. Homemade and store-bought desserts ($3.50$6), such as a supersweet web of fried dough called zulbia bamiye ancestor to Indias jelabi. Fifteen to 20 bottles grace the wine list. Service could be faster.
Address: 6200 Yonge St., 416-223-7070
I think it probably depends on whether they're driving or cabbing to the airport. Yonge & Finch is not the greatest possible cuisine area, at least not right close to the intersection.
On the other hand, you don't have to go far North to find decent Korean, or a few different good restaurants near Yonge & Steeles. South will find you a few reasonably good places to eat, as well, closer to Sheppard. So, if they're driving, they can find reasonable places to eat quickly. If they're not, they might find it a bit of a walk to anything worth eating.