"Normal" but great food in Midtown West?
- Das Ubergeek Feb 14, 2008 07:38 PM
My boss and a couple of coworkers are going to New York next week. These are people who like good ol'-fashioned American-type food. A fantastic steak and great potatoes would be the ideal meal. Asian restaurants need not apply (I know, can you imagine?)
"You used to live in New York. You'll feel guilty if we end up eating at Au Bon Pain!"
"So I did... but in the Village. Not in Midtown. I don't know s*** about Midtown."
Truth be told, I've never spent much time in Midtown. It involved waiting around for the "N"ever or the "R"are and there was so much better stuff on the UWS or right around home. But I have my reputation to uphold.
I know about Le Marais -- it's where the Jewish half of the family go when they want to feel like they are having a fancy French (but still glatt kosher) meal. I know about Little Italy Pizza on 45th. But the only other Midtown West restaurant I ever bothered with (besides tea with my grandmother at the Plaza) was a long-gone fondue place on 57th just off Fifth. I know New York's Koreatown is great. But they won't eat Korean food.
Any suggestions for great "meat and potatoes" within reasonable distance of 44th/5th? I know Midtown's not the great destination but I would really like for them to be within stumbling distance of where they're staying since drinking would ideally be part of the evening. Price is really irrelevant as they'll be on an expense account.
DB Bistro? That's in West Midtown and it's "normal" food. Esca is very popular for seafood. Someone might recommend Marseille here pretty soon for French brasserie food. ;)
For something a little more trendy, you might try Eatery. Also, there are Gallaghers and The Palm steakhouses.
What's your budget?
Keens is my recommendation. It's been in its 36th St. location b/t 5th & 6th Avs., since 1885. So, in addition to delicious steaks, chops (famous for their signature mutton chop), potatoes, etc., there's incomparable old NY ambiance, i.e., walls filled with American memorabilia and row-upon-row of old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings, as well as pipes belonging to famous people in display cases in the vestibule. In short, the perfect destination for your boss and co-workers.
If they like seafood, I've always found Docks on 3rd Avenue at about 41st street to be a safe bet when family from the Midwest comes to visit.
Check out the menu at Bond 45 - 154 W. 45, bet 6th & 7th Aves. It was a happy surprise when someone took me there before theater a few weeks ago. There's a Heartland Brewery at 127 W 43, bet B'way & 6th. It's a place that will feel very friendly/familiar to folks from "way outta town"! The Brooklyn Diner near Times Square is both very NY and not - although it's not a steak place. None of these are as expensive as some of the places mentioned, but they should feel "comfy" and that may be important. I don't know if you need recs for more than one night.
re: Jane A.
Thanks. We live in Orange County, and my speciality is little tiny holes-in-the-wall, so that's what I go for (well, and pizza, and bagels, and Zabar's...) when I go "home". I just never go to Times Square now that it's the family-friendly destination with gaggles of idiots posed outside the television studio windows.
if you're looking for steakhouses, there's also sparks, ben benson's...and just a little farther away than keen's you've got wolfgang's in murray hill.
Sparks Steak House
210 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017
4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
123 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019