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Stuck in Times Square - where to chow?

azhotdish Aug 14, 2007 10:21 PM

TOP 5 PLACES you'd go if you were stuck in Times Square and had to find some chow evening/late night.

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    tarantula142 Aug 14, 2007 10:26 PM

    Hmmm, John's Pizzeria, although not amazing, is quite good (and fairly reasonably priced) for times square. It is generally very crowded, and rather noisy, but the decor is nice. They sell pizzas by the pie, and other standard italian fare.

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      LeahBaila Aug 15, 2007 05:48 AM

      Ditto John's Pizzeria; also El Centro, Ruth's Chris (I know, I know...it's a chain. But they've got the best damn bar food)

    2. Striver Aug 15, 2007 05:20 AM

      I'd walk two blocks west to Ninth Avenue, anywhere from 42nd to 52nd, for a far better choice of restaurants. Places we like include Marseille, Le Madeleine, West Bank Cafe, Hell's Kitchen, Roberto Passon, Wondee Siam, Breeze. For Chinese since GSI closed, there's Ollie's Sichuan on 42nd off 9th, which is surprisingly good. There are plenty of others.

      TImes Square area proper doesn't have much; Virgil's has decent BBQ (especially the lamb). Joe Allen's is a fun place for a good burger. Haven't tried Trattoria Trecolori since they relocated, but they were consistently good for moderately priced Italian.

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        scooter Aug 15, 2007 08:19 AM

        Yeah, if you are able to walk a little bit, you might also consider Szechuan Gourmet (39th btw. 5th & 6th), Wu Liang Ye (more Szechuan, 36 W 48th St), or Keens Steakhouse (72 W 36th St, just off 6th ave.)

        In Times Square Proper I personally would eat plain old Ollies at 44th & Bwy, but apparently I'm insane.

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          ssf36 Aug 15, 2007 08:34 AM

          Pretty sure that Ollie's has left the building. Now at 42d betw. 9 & 10.

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            Striver Aug 15, 2007 09:22 AM

            That's the Ollie's Sichuan I mentioned. Same basic Ollie's menu but extended with a number of Sichuan options, and IMHO, while they're not GSI or Wu Liang Ye, they're perfectly OK - had some good Dan Dan noodles there just the other day. Much nicer ambience, and far less noisy than the old Ollie's, too.

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        abud Aug 15, 2007 05:26 AM

        Sukhadia's is great for some authentic indian veg. they have really good chai too.

        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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          Avalondaughter Aug 15, 2007 08:03 AM

          I'll second Joe Allen's. I often eat there pre-theater since the prices are reasonable and the food is decent. My husband is an extremely picky eater and loves the place.

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            cimui Aug 16, 2007 04:57 AM

            Love this place, too--but I don't think they're open very late at all, unfortunately.

          2. ssf36 Aug 15, 2007 08:42 AM

            Virgil's for bbq
            Spanky's for ribs
            Margon for a cubano

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              abud Aug 15, 2007 09:04 AM

              yum the mojitos at virgil's are great.

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              nycgourmet Aug 15, 2007 09:27 AM

              Trattoria Trecolori in its new location (47th bet. Bway & 8th) is better than ever-- spacious, modern plus a pretty front bar. Reasonably-priced Italian.

              Virgil's is always good, though sometimes loud & crowded.

              1. eatfood Aug 15, 2007 10:37 AM

                I like Hagi Izakaya for late night eating. It's a Japanese pub right off of 49th st.
                Sapporo is also there if you want ramen.

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                Sapporo
                152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                Hagi
                152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                1. jinet12 Aug 15, 2007 03:46 PM

                  Can only recommend John's Pizzeria and Joe Allen's for a burger...Hmm...Highly recommend that you somehow get "unstuck" and grab a cab to the Village or Soho..

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                    tamerlanenj Aug 15, 2007 05:50 PM

                    Does anyone else find the bar food (wings, burgers) at ESPN Zone decent? maybe I'm a lunatic.

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                      ssf36 Aug 16, 2007 06:48 AM

                      I agree. The burger and the chicken sandwich at the bar have both been good; not the worst way to enjoy some lunch hour sports viewing.

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                      Alfred G Aug 16, 2007 02:52 PM

                      Stay away from John's Pizza. The Times Square edition doesn't compare to the original in The Village. I went there based on reputation and was severly disappointed. You would do better at the many Sal's Pizzas in The City.

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