Holes in the wall/takeout
Hello! My boyfriend and I are staying at 136 W 55th Street in NYC for the next 6 months. We're looking for good takeout/delivery and hole-in-the-wall type places within 10-15 mins walk of the address given. Complexity of food and hipness of establishment not really an issue - we just want good eating of any kind. Middle Eastern, American and South American especially, but it all works. BBQ of any provenance, too.
I can offer Montreal recs in return, thanks. :)
I'd recommend taking a short walk to 9th and 10th Aves. There are many good, local spots. Rice & Beans for Brazilian; Uncle Nick's for Greek; Hell's Kitchen for Mexican (high end); Burritoville for Mexican (inexpensive); Hall Berlin for German; Daisy Mae's for BBQ (on 11th Ave). If you don't mind a quick trip to Chelsea, check out Hill Country BBQ. IMHO, it's one of the best in Manhattan.
BTW - I'd avoid Carnegie and Stage Delis. You can get better deli in Montreal.
OK... Where's the best poutine? Montreal bagels?
btw, montrealfoodie, fsd's suggestion of walking along 9th and 10th ave is a really good one. there are numerous, inexpensive, tasty places on those streets. there are also more restaurants in this area that are -- importantly for you -- open on the later end. it might be more fun for you and your SO to browse the options for yourself.
uncle nick's and hill country might be in a higher price range than you want. not too hole in the wall (tho they serve good food).
Why the neighborhood constraints? It's incredibly easy to get around by subway, and you'd have a lot more to choose from. That's a pretty desperate area for good food. Unlike Montreal, you really don't need a car to get from neighborhood to neighborhood, and in fact would be hindered by one in many cases.
here are a couple to get you started:
Daisy May's BBQ
these aren't N/S American or middle eastern, but I think they're worth a try:
Pam's Real Thai
Hallo Berlin (cart and restaurant)
since you're right by the (in)famous halal carts on 55th st. and ave. of the americas, it's not a bad idea to give that a go, too, as cheese boy suggested. the carts on the east and west side of the st. are owned by the same folks, but the one on the west side is always has a much longer line.
p.s. up at columbus circle, 59th st., there's a whole foods market if you want to do self catering at any point.
705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Daisy May's BBQ
623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
17 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Pam Real Thai
404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019
19 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Hallo Berlin Juicy Food Stand
W 54th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Thank you for all these responses - we now have a solid list to work our way through - first stop, I think, being the halal cart.
As for the limited area this is due to a)me not knowing the geography of NYC at all and mostly b) my boyfriend is working on a Broadway show and usually ends up finishing, exhausted at about 10:30pm. He doesn't have the energy or the will to travel very far for food on work nights, but on Sundays we'll be exploring a much wider area. I am especially looking forward to Katz's and being able to make the Mtl. vs NYC smoked meat judgment for myself. ;)
Hmmmm...Montreal poutine? I say it's a tie between La Banquise and Patati Patata, with Frites Alors a good choice if you're hungry and/or don't want to go far (there are a number of different locations in Mtl.). Some would disagree on the quality of Frites Alors but I've always enjoyed it and their sauce selection is yummy. Avoid Nickels - Celine Dion's chain - the poutine there is shameful. Oh and the steak at Frites Alors is cheval/horse, fyi.
I'm not the person to ask about bagels because I scandalously prefer the doughier non-Montreal style bagels but I doubt you could go wrong with St Viateur Bagel. A bag full of these, warm, on a crisp morning after having lined up for them is a Montreal tradition.
I'll be keeping an eye on this thread so any other recs would be appreciated but as I said, this is a great starting list and I'm off to find them all on Google maps. Thank you again!!!
Azuri cafe (51st btwn 9th & 10th... a bit further than 15 min) is considered by many to be the best falafel in town. Can be a bit annoying on the service, but def a cheap and tasty hole-in-the-wall
Chai Thai Home Kitchen (8th btwn 55th & 56th) is tasty thai. Relatively cheap, but with a nice decor as well.
three more places to mention:
burger joint (open till 11:30 p.m. most nights) -- it is quite literally a hole in the wall ... of a hotel lobby
island burger and shakes (closes at 10:30 most nights)
on sunday: shake shack in madison square park
118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Island Burgers & Shakes
766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
I will heartily agree with the 9th and 10th avenue suggestions mentioned along with the burger joint endorsement. I'll add eatery to this list which is open late. while these are not hole in the walls, you may also want to hit ouzeria which is next door from and owned by uncle nick's. it's open far later than uncle nick's and there's sort of a nice greek spirit inside if that appeals to you.
Nick's Ouzeria: next door at 749 Ninth Ave. tel. 212/397-2892
having been to montreal twice, i don't know how i missed those bagels. had many unforgettable dinners there, though. great city! anyway, enjoy your time in nyc and i'd love to hear feedback on which places wind up appealing to you.
We (well, he, I'll be in and out as classes permit) are here until the show opens in Oct./Nov. so everything that's been suggested will be tried. Merci!
nativeNYer, definitely hit St. Viateur next trip (it's outside of the central area so that may be why you didn't find it previously), the bagels there are classic Montreal.