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kathyk Feb 6, 2007 10:12 PM

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.
Thanks.

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    kiworan79 RE: kathyk Feb 7, 2007 05:58 AM

    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. mikezenspace RE: kathyk Feb 7, 2007 08:04 AM

      Camino Sur has pretty good South American (37th bet. 8th and 9th).
      http://caminosur.com/

      Also, this thread may be useful:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347053

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        ultbil RE: kathyk Feb 7, 2007 01:12 PM

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

        Xing is interesting. Sort of an upscale Chinese place.

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          JungMann RE: ultbil Feb 8, 2007 07:10 AM

          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. a_and_w RE: kathyk Feb 7, 2007 03:11 PM

          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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            kiworan79 RE: a_and_w Feb 8, 2007 06:57 AM

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

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            piccola RE: kathyk Feb 7, 2007 04:51 PM

            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.

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              wasny RE: kathyk Feb 8, 2007 10:54 AM

              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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                eatfood RE: wasny Feb 8, 2007 12:18 PM

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

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                  RGR RE: wasny Feb 8, 2007 01:42 PM

                  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. monasapple RE: kathyk Feb 8, 2007 04:31 PM

                  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.

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