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Dinner near 37th and lex

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Any place to recommend for dinner in that area, especially after a long flight - flying in from Rome and I expect weì'll be jet lagged and want to eat near the hotel.

On a different topic, my italian friend has read all about ny hot pretzels and now can't wait to try one. My last trip home, I found all the street pretzels to be gross. Any cart to recommend?


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  1. Are you staying at the Shelburne? If so, get a burger at Rare right in the hotel.

    1. Wu Liang Ye on 39th and Lex for some good spicy sichuan chinese food.

      And most street pretzels are going to be subpar. If you want really good soft pretzels, go to Loreley on Rivington and Bowery. its a german biergarten with fantastic pretzels and great beers.

      1. Try Hudson Place on 36th and 3rd, suprisingly good babyback ribs.

        1. RICE will probably deliver to your hotel room, they're on Lexington and -- I think -- 28th Street. Great healthier options with lots of international (if not exactly authentic) twists.


          1. I love Penelope on 30th and Lex. It's this homey toasty little restaurant with decently priced, delicious, and fresh food. And decent wines.

            1. Da Ciro on Lexington between 33rd and 34th is a warm, informal Italian restaurant with excellent food. Try the baby chicken (polleto) cooked in a brick oven.

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              1. re: maxinem

                I second Da Ciro if you're in the mood for Italian. If not, I like Penelope on 30th and Lex. It's a cozy restaurant with good comfort foods.

                However, the burgers at Rare would definitely satisfy your appetite if you don't feel like going to far.

              2. Ethos, on 3rd Av., b/t 33rd & 34th Sts., serves delicious Greek food in a bustling taverna-like setting.


                Cosette, on 33rd St., b/t Lex & 3rd, is a cozy, charming French bistro with very good food.


                Ali Baba is on 34th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., if you want good Turkish food.


                Sarge's Deli is on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th Sts. If you're too jet-lagged to go out, they deliver. And, btw, they're open 24/7.


                Safe flight and Bon Appetit!

                1. Fagiolini's, on Lex and 38th (?), makes solid Italian.

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                  1. Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill at 40th Street & 3rd Avenue (212 986-8080 would be my choice if you like oysters and shellfish. It's like a seafood brasserie and if you're really jetlagged and want quiet, reserve a table in the back.

                    There's a decent (not great) French restaurant, which name escapes me, on 37th or 38th Street & Madison Avenue. They serve breakfast, lunch & dinner as well as take-out French pastries. It's directly across the street from the Moonstruck Diner.

                    As far as street pushcart pretzels go, all the hot dog carts seem to get their pretzels from the same source. Try to go to a busy cart where the pretzels are fresher and make sure it's warmed up. Various flavors of pretzels (the softer kind) are also sold in Penn Station if you somehow wind up there - but don't go out of your way.

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                    1. re: Flynn1

                      I think the French spot you are referring to is Chez Laurence, on the corner of Madison & 38th. Only been there once, quite some time ago, for breakfast and thought it was ok., but nothing to rave about. Since then, there's been a change of ownership.

                      Re: Dock's. The one time we were there many years ago, there was a huge bar scene, and the noise level was so hideously high in the dining area that we couldn't carry on a civilized conversation. It was early in the evening, so maybe things do quiet down later, Or, perhaps, the bar scene has moved on to other locations. But that uncomfortable experience was enough to keep us from going back.

                    2. Sounds like you are on top of RARE. Go get a burger and the french fry tasting basket.....it will fill you up and is quite good.

                      Also, Hudson Place on 36th and 3rd is a good option.

                      If you want mexican then go to Rio Grande on 37th and 3rd. Be careful, those magarita are strong and will sneak up on you!