Fun/Inexpensive in Midtown (East or West)?
Am looking for a fun, interesting and inexpensive restaurant for dinner tonight with a friend who is visiting from London. I don't have the energy to venture downtown, otherwise would go to Caracas Arepa Bar, maybe try Momofuko, etc. The restaurant can be anywhere from Midtown East over to Hells Kitchen and up to Lincoln Center. I'm drawing a blank! Thanks!
Midtown West is easier for inexpensive and fun. Assuming you're open to cuisines your best bet would be El Centro or Whym.
Since you mentioned Momofuku, I assume you are open to Asian food, and a fun place to visit is Yakitori Totto in Midtown West. Not sure if yakitori is common in London, but regardless it is a lot of fun to enjoy freshly grilled chicken skewers. Depending on how adventurous your friend is, try the chicken butt, chicken skin, or hiza nankotsu chicken knee bones (my favorite!) Their tori-don (chicken rice bowl with raw egg) is delicious!
251 W 55th St (btwn 8th Ave & Bway), 2nd Floor
You can also try Sakagura and indulge yourself in a wide selection of sake and Japanese izakaya fares. A decor itself is worth a trip!
211 E 43rd St #B1 (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)
Glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner at Totto. It is one of my favorite izakayas in Midtown. I only wish their line is shorter so I don't have to wait that long!
Their sister restaurant, Aburiya Kinnosuke in Midtown East, specializes in robata grill, seafood (great fish), and some Japanese comfort food - definitely worth a visit!