Cheap chow near NY Hilton?
I'm heading to NYC in March for a conference and will be staying at the Hilton on 54th and 6th. My meal allowances are pretty miniscule by NYC standards, so I am trying to find the cheapest but tastiest options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner near the hotel. More concerned about breakfast and lunch options within walking distance of hotel as I plan to do most dinners with friends and family in the city.
Thanks in advance.
China Fun (on Broadway & 52nd St.) is good, if hardly outstanding, Cantonese/HK Chinese. Noodle soups and dishes and dumplings are better executed IMO than random dishes from the main menu. I'm very, very fond of Wu Liang Ye, but it's completely different. I'll also add that their takeout lunches are not their best stuff, though I did used to eat it 2-3x a week when I worked nearby. lol
If you feel like a little more of a walk (I'm thinking lunch time), there's a decent ramen place on W 48th just east of 7th Ave called Sapporo. A little grungy, but I'm told not un-reminiscent of neighborhood "ramen joints" in Japan in that regard. The food isn't bad at all (that's a compliment) and prices are reasonable.
There are also a lot of carts around that part of town at lunch time. I think most of them are grossly overrated but you can go look and smell for youself - you won't be able to miss them. If he's there that early in the year, there's a German sausage vendor near 5th and around 55th St worth the walk and even a wait in line (from me, a huge compliment.)
Apple Jack diner is absolutely nothing to write home about, but you can get a decent full breakfast there at not-so-touristy prices. That's on Broadway around 54-55th Sts. (And FWIW, it's a pretty typical "NYC diner", warts and all.)
A little further away is 9th Ave, probably the most concentrated site of "interesting, cheap" (more like "cheaper" these days) food in Midtown, but a bit of a hike if you're on a tight lunch schedule.
I really like Soba Nippon for Japanese noodles and their lunches are 10-15 or so and they give you a lot of food.