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Hell's Kitchen/Midtown West recs

I'm going to be at a conference this week staying in Midtown West area. Would appreciate any suggestions for ethnic food in the area-Indian, Middle Eastern, South American would be great but open for anything. Are there any not-to-miss places? I'll be dining alone if that makes a difference.

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  1. For etheopian, Queen of Sheba on 10th in the high forties. Taboon is really good too, and great for eating at the bar, not any of the cuisines you listed -- the call themselves Middleterrainian, or something like that. Indian is hard in this neighborhood. For authentic but not exactly refined, try Desi Deli on 10th near 49th.

    1. Camino Sur has pretty good South American (37th bet. 8th and 9th).

      Also, this thread may be useful:

      1. Bengal Express has decent Indian. Small place, decor is nothing special.

        Xing is interesting. Sort of an upscale Chinese place.

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        1. re: ultbil

          I got dumped at Xing, which was not an especially pleasant memory, but the food was so interesting I still go back. How's that for an endorsement?

          Definitely Churrascaria Plataforma if you've never tried Brazilian churrasco. Brazil Brazil if you want to save some money. Afghan Kebab House #1 got a good review in the Times, though I haven't tried yet. Firebird on 46th has great high-end Russian. Better than Petrossian. For Thai I really liked Chanpen on 9th.

        2. Do not miss Azuri Cafe on 51st off 10th for the best Israeli-style falafel I've had in the US. Just be forewarned: they close early (8pm most days, 4pm on Fridays), aren't open on Saturday, and the owner can be a unforgivably rude on occasion.

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          1. re: a_and_w

            I second Azuri -- strongly. The shawarma is to die for.

          2. I like Ariana Afghan Kebab and Empanada Mama on 9th in the low 50s. There's also a really good noodle house a couple doors from there.

            1. Grand Sichuan is a "not-to-miss" place. Afghan Kebab House is great. Old San Juan can be good for Puerto Rican/Argentinian food. Pam Real Thai is hit or miss for Thai food; Wondee (on the east side of 9th) is generally better, but don't go for the atmosphere. All on 9th Avenue in the 50's.

              There's good sushi around too, but I can't think of restaurant names at the moment.

              There's no good Indian in the area.

              Camino Sur (mentioned above) is undergoing some sort of transition. I don't know if it's changed over yet. It was pretty dead when I was there last month.

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              1. re: wasny

                Shimizu is great for sushi (on 51st, between 8th and 9th).
                Sushi Jun is not bad also (on 50th and 8th)

                1. re: wasny

                  We tried Camino Sur a few months ago. The food was very uneven. Some things were tasty, while others were just plain bad. It's a cavernous space on a block that's essentially in the clothing district though there is an off-B'way theater right next door. It was early on a Sunday evening, and only a few tables were occupied.

                2. I had a great dinner at Market Cafe once. I keep meaning to get back because the food was excellent and the prices were so affordable.