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moving to 45th and 8th - faves in the area?

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I'm moving to 45th and 8th. Know the area a bit, but haven't been there in a few years. Any faves, old or new?

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  1. hagi - cheap japanese izakaya food (tapas size), 47th btw 6th and 7th.

    pam real thai - best thai restaurant in manhattan. blows pongsri out of the water. 49th and 9th

    pam encore - weird super modern version of the first. same food and prices, never packed. 47th and 9th

    hallo berlin - good beer selection, german food, great sausages and wienershnitzel. spaetzle is great too. their vegetarian platter is great (potato salad, etc). 10th ave btw 44 & 45

    1. Hell's Kitchen on 9th Avenue just north of 46th Street is excellent for gourmet Mexican.
      For live music and mojitos Havana Central is the place to go Wednesdays - Fridays, 46th Street between 6th & 7th Aves.
      Tartine on 9th Avenue just north of 44th Street is great for a gourmet meal to go.
      9th Avenue in general has plenty of great options!

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      1. re: patriciarichter

        I second Hell's Kitchen and Pam Real Thai. So many great options on 9th Avenue.

        Nook
        Whym
        Vnyl for Brunch
        Arianna Afgan Kebab
        Breeze Thai (surprisingly good)
        Uncle Nick's for Greek Food
        Tehuitzinga (great tacos on 10th avenue)

        eGustibus Food Blog: http://www.egustibus.com

      2. Try Taboon- 10th and 53rd; Eatery on 9th (same owners as Whym)

        1. You have to try Nook - Rachel's Cheddar Burger might be the best burger in the city (9th btwn 50th & 51st) and Pongsri- be sure to ask for the extra condiment tray with spices to complete the authenticity of this meal (48th btwn 8th and bdwy) - yum yum yum

          1. More than in most areas, a healthy dose of 'Your Mileage May Vary' applies to Hell's Kitchen restaurants. Opinions can vary pretty widely.

            We really like Whym, Nook, and Vynl, as well as Market Cafe and Tehuitzingo. That said, we have had some middling-to-fair food at Hell's Kitchen and Uncle Nick's (and a terrible salad at the latter). Pam's has its great dishes, but the kitchen is really inconsistent during busy times. Grand Sichuan is good for dining in, but the take-out food can be a complete disaster. One place that gets overlooked, but which has some very good salads (and fries) is Renaissance Restaurant (should be Diner) on 9th.

            Nosher

            NYCnosh: http://nycnosh.com

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            1. re: Nosher

              Love the Renaissance Diner -- much better than the Westway, imo. Excellent spinach and feta omelettes and king-sized sodas. Here are some other favorites of mine from the area:

              Azuri Cafe: Best falafel and schwarma in manhattan, imo. Worth the price of the owner's unpleasantness, but just barely. 51st off 10th.

              Tulcingo Del Valle: Really top notch tortas -- try the al pastor with everything (including jalapenos) but avocado instead of guacamole. 10th btw 46th and 47th.

              Greek Kitchen: Solid greek food -- much tastier than Uncle Nick's for gyros, souvlaki, and salads. 10th at 58th.

              La Paloma: Underappreciated tacos (try the chorizo without lettuce) and decent burritos. 45th off 9th.

              Rice 'n Beans: Cramped but tasty brazillian place on 9th.

              Queen of Sheba: Saw a negative review recently, and it's possible they've slipped. But when I lived in the 'hood, they served consistently better ethiopian than Meskerem up the street. 10th btw 45th and 46th.

              Sullivan Street Bakery: Little known outpost of the famous bakery. Not quite the selection of its parent but well worth a visit. 47th btw 10th and 11th.

              Starwich: Tasty sandwiches with top notch ingredients but a bit pricey for what you get. Their braised short rib sandwich is particularly good. 42nd btw 10th and 11th.

              Tony Luke's: Cheese steak place from Philly. I'm particlarly partial to the chicken cutlet italian with onions.

              Minar: Great cheap steam-table indian. Tandori chicken is particularly tasty. 46th btw 6th and 7th.

              Szechuan Gourmet: I second the Grand Sichuan rec, but you might want to check if these guys will deliver to you. May be my favorite chinese in the city. 39th btw 5th and 6th.

              Ruby et Violette: Excellent cookies in a little basement apartment. 50th off 10th.

              1. re: a_and_w

                speaking of Sullivan St. Bakery on 47th, they might be a great place to eat soon. they have applied for a liquor license, and I think they're going to knock down a wall and turn the whole front of the shop into a place to drink and eat... i saw it when i walked by the other day (i live right around the corner). you can check out the pictures at: http://www.egustibus.com

                1. re: zGustibus

                  z: I hope you're right but I'm fearful. Stopped by recently and none of my favorite pastries were available. I asked the guys what was up and they mentioned that they were planning to rework the menu as part of the redesign process. That's not a good sign...

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    yeah, if pastries were your thing, you are out of luck. the pastries were phased out when they brought the sandwiches in. but if you like the flat bread pizzas (which i do) it will be great to be able to have a place to sit and eat them (with a beer or glass of wine). i live right around the corner, so selfishly, i'm pretty excited about it.