Looking for excellent pizza around mid town. Haven't been to Manhattan in a while. Also, still looking for recommendations for ethnic food near the Garden for Friday night. Thx!
Near the Garden is easy - go Korean. Search for threads of Koreatown and Korean Midtown and so forth. Han Bat is good for very good food in an inexpensive, casual, diner-like place, and Kang Suh and Woo Chon are good for more elaborate presentations. And then you can go from there.
Best pizza? Lombardi's, on Spring between Mulberry and Mott.
I second the recommendation to go for Korean when looking for ethnic food near the garden. The best places are on 32nd between Broadway and 5th.
Lazarra's Pizza on 38th btw 7th and 8th is your best bet for pizza near the Garden. Don Giovanni on 45th and 9th does a decent brick oven pie for midtown. Some of the best chinese in manhattan can be found at Sichuan Gourmet on 38th btw 5th and 6th. Tasty Italian (including Neopolitan style pizza) can be found at Tre Dici on 26th btw 6th and 7th. If you're in the area during the day, Pick-A-Pita does excellent Israeli style falafel and schwarma (also on 38th btw 7th and 8th) and Greek Corner does a tasty gyro (7th at 28th).
I'm going to go out on a limb and plug DeMarco's for pizza in manhattan. I've been hitting them regularly recently and have been generally impressed with the quality of my slices. It ain't DiFara and never will be. But it scratches the itch when I can't make it out to Ave J for my slice of the square.
Naples 45 is great pizza and is conveniently located in the Met Life Building, adjacent to Grand Central Station.