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Aug 14, 2007 10:21 PM

Stuck in Times Square - where to chow?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: tarantula142

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Striver

        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.

        1. re: scooter

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

          1. re: ssf36

            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.

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

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        1. re: abud

          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.

          1. re: abud

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

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

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            1. re: ssf36

              yum the mojitos at virgil's are great.

            2. 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.