31st & Park... Best Cheap Eats for a Southerner
- aphayes Dec 6, 2007 01:01 AM
I will be traveling to NYC staying around 31st and Park in January (provided snow doesn't cancel the trip)! It is only my 2nd time in the city and I am looking for your recs. I am on a pretty tight budget so any special tips you may have would be appreciated. I want to visit some NYC landmark eateries. All genres welcome. Will be there Sun-Wed. Thanks for your help!
Unfortunately, I can't think of any "landmark" types of places in this area, and I live right around the corner from this intersection. My recommendation if you want "landmark" types of places is to get on the 6 Train and head down to the West Village or the East Village or Soho. You can pick it up at 29th & Park and go to.....
John's Pizza, Corner Bistro, Whitehorse Tavern, all in the West Village, Katz's on the Lower East Side, and Lombardi's in Soho.
For some cheap eats that maybe aren't too "landmark-ish" but are in the area of your hotel, I'd go to Curry Leaf at 27th & Lex for Indian, Penelope for a cozy atmosphere & comfort food, then there's Grand Sichuan on Lex b/t 33rd & 34th for good chinese, and Murray Hill Diner on 33rd & Lex for good diner food.
I'd second Penelope. Also: Shake Shack is walkable (Madison Square Park). It's not a landmark spot, but you could also have a plate of pasta and a glass of wine in the small enoteca/bar room at I Trulli (27th bet. Park and Lex), and a newish and certainly very well written about place (that's all the rage) is Momofuku Ssam Bar - which is only two subway stops and a short walk...might be worth venturing to...
I would also encourage you to do a search on this board to find some great advice on lunch time deals. You get the pleasure of some top notch restaurants (if that's your thing) at a fraction of the dinner time cost. Depending upon when in January you might catch restaurant week as well.
I live in the neighborhood as well, and think Penelope is ok but not great. One great option in the area are Tiffin Wallah (28th just west of Lex) for South Indian all-vegetarian food (their lunch buffet is an incredible deal, but it's very affordable for dinner as well and is BYOB for now.). I second Curry Leaf, which is great for meatier northern Indian dishes, and I second Grand Sichuan Int'l as well, although I'd go over to the one on 9th and 24th where the atmosphere is much better. I'm also a big fan of Sarge's, which is an old-fashioned Jewish deli on 2nd btw 36th and 37th. Their corned beef hash platter is a killer breakfast in several senses, and they make a great Reuben as well. Also, walk down to 18th st and get a burger at the bar at Old Town -- an ancient, cavernous bar that I believe managed to stay open somehow during Prohibition.
I'm don't know how tight your budget is, but the $25 lunch prix fixe at Artisanal (32nd and Park) is quite good and worth the tariff.