Moving to dull nabe- ANY suggestions?
Budget and time constraints (and unfortunate bickering between me and my two prospective roommates) have forced me to settle on a place on 38th St. between 5th and 6th. Not much of a neighborhood at all (I don't even know whether to call it Murray Hill or Midtown West/South or Garment District) although it is at least convenient to pretty much everything in the city.
Any good eats in the immediate area? I suppose I'd consider immediate to be 28th-48th between Lexington and 7th. Preferably something other than low-budget Indian, Chinese etc. Thanks!
Welcome to the hood. While it's not the best area for chow, this location is so convenient to all the subways that good chow is not very far away. btw, this neighborhood is called The Fashion District (real estate marketing purposes).
However, in the immediate area you've got the Trini-Pak lady on 43rd and 6th with her halal chicken and rice, the falafel place in the alley on 38th between Broadway and 7th (they also make very good schwarma), Starwich on 38th and 6th and Wichcraft in Bryant Park. Koreatown is nearby, with a bunch of restaurants on 35th and 32nd Street between Broadway and 5th. I have heard good things about Chez Lawrence Bistro on 38th and Madison, but have been turned off by the service there when I picked up a croissant one day. The croissant wasn't very good -- better stop by Grand Central Terminal Market to pick up one at Corrado Bakery instead (not Zaro's). You've got also the stuff at Grand Central Terminal market. If you extend your parameters a bit further, you also have the great 9th Ave restaurants. Many of them do deliver.
We live just a couple of blocks away. We don't usually eat out in this neighborhood. But we have some good takeout. Cafe Rustica on 35th btwn 5th and 6th makes great pastas (and this is coming from an Italian girl who grew up in Brooklyn). Sahara on 40th and 7th or Broadway has great kebabs. YumYum thai on 44th btwn 6th and bway is delicious--but they don't deliver. It's a hole in the wall but so good.
Keens, our favorite steakhouse, has already been mentioned. However, just a small geographical correction: it's on 36th St.
Here are some more places for you to check out:
Cafe at Country and its very upscale counterpart, Country, are on the corner of Madison & 29th. Been to the Cafe, and the New American cuisine is terrific.
Park Bistro, on Park Av. S., b/t 28th & 29th. Excellent modern French cuisine.
La Petite Auberge, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th (closer to 28th). Very well-prepared classic French bistro fare.
Copper Chimney, on 28th, b/t PAS & Lex. Good Indian food served in sleek surroundings.
AQ Cafe, in the Scandinavia House, on Park Av., b/t 37th & 38th, is the cafeteria-style satellite of Aquavit. Tasty soups, sandwiches, salads, and hot dishes.
Chez Laurence, corner Madison & 38th. Pleasant cafe.
Branzini, corner Madison & 41st. Mediterranean cuisine served in a trattoria-style setting.
Wu Liang Ye, 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th. Szechuan cuisine. (Note: There's a location on Lex, b/t 39th & 40th Sts., but most seem to think that 48th St. is superior.)
dbBistro Moderne, 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th. 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's delicious take on modern bistro cuisine.
Hope this list, as well as the other suggestions, helps to allay your fears about moving to a culinary wasteland. Once you are living there, you might discover a hidden gem or two. If so, please report about them. Good luck and Bon Appetit!
Couple of options to get you started:
- Djerdan: "Balkanian" (their description) food. Tasty stuff. 38th between 7th and 8th, closer to 7th.
- Keens: Steaks, lamb, mutton and prime rib. Lots of scotches. What else would you need? 35th between 5th and 6th, clsoe to 6th.
- ida mae: Classy soul food. 38th and Broadway.
- Koi: I think it's overpriced, but if you need good sushi close to your new apt, this is probably the best choice. 40th between 5th and 6th.
With your larger parameters, you're within walking distance of Curry Hill and environs, including Saravanaas, Dimple, Chennai Garden, Kalustyan's, etc. You're not far from Koreatown, full of 24-hour options. I wonder about Fifth and Sixth Aves. between 34th and 42nd. Amidst all the office buildings, is there good chow there? It is one area I've rarely explored (although I used to go to Szechuan Gourmet often).