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Feb 6, 2007 10:12 PM

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.