Recs Near 57th and Second
I'm from the midwest and I'll be visiting Manhattan in a couple of weeks and would like some recommendations for good eats within walking distance of 57th and Second as well as other Mid-Town locations that would be a cab ride away.
I like everything from good food carts to Le Bernardin, but especially like seafood and interesting ethnic places. I'll need suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for about 4 days.
One idea might be to check out the new place opened by Jimmy Rodriguez on 57th East of First avenue in the old Jimmy's (former Tony Roma and Deniz space). Puerto Rican food...I guess that qualifies as ethnic..... The name is Sofrito. I have not been but a friend went and liked the food. Also, on 57th, TeAdoro is an Italian place, very pretty, with Bolognese food that has gotten some good reports from the food press. Again, I have not been. Kosher deli on 57th is Mendy's in the Galleria building off Park.
Here are some good bets in the nabe
-Rosa Mexicano (58th and 1st) for Guac and Margaritas
-Jimbos hamburger joint, 1st bwteen 54 and 55- good for a quick small-ish burger
-Sushi seki on 62nd and first- sit at the bar and have one of the best sushi experiences in the city. Open very late. Beware, $100+/head tabs are normal
-Nearys on 57th between 1st and 2nd is a taste of old NYC- a nabe regular hang-out.
-Grand Sichuan on 55th and 2nd has great spicy chineese food
-Shun Lee Palace on 55th between 2nd and 3rd is Grand Chinese
For a wonderful meal I recommend Aureole either for lunch or dinner. It's located at E. 61 St. between Park Ave. & Madison Ave. I've never had less than a fabulous meal there in all of the years that I've been dining there.
For breakfast, try to hit Ess-a-Bagel on 3rd and 50th. Some of the best bagels in town. Also Columbus Bakery on 1st Ave at about 47th for fresh baked breads etc.
It's a business area, so lunch choices will be plentiful, from carts to delis to fancy. Among the fancy there's the Four Seasons, Nobu57, Lever House, Daniel, Town -- there's no shortage of fancy in that area.