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First time in NYC - Eating near 48th st and 8th ave

I'll be in NYC from May 2 until May 9. I will be travelling with some relatives (we are a party of 8: 7 adults and a 4 year old child) and we will be staying at the Belvedere Hotel (48th st and 8th ave).

At the moment, I'm looking for places to eat and I have some doubts that I will divide into several posts to make it easier to answer:

Since we are a party of 8, will it be difficult to find places to eat without making reservations? (both at lunch and dinner time)

Where can we have breakfast near the Hotel? Since we have a kitchenette in the room do you think it would be a good idea (i.e. cheaper) to buy some food and just eat it at the hotel?

For dinner we are considering meals for up to 30/40 USD per person (without beverages). Where could we eat for that amount?

Thank you for your help!

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  1. Try Sosa Borella on 8th and 51st. http://www.sosaborella.com or

    Caffe Cielo at 8th and 52nd. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

    Definitely make reservations.

    1. Trattoria Trecolori on 47th between Broadway and 8th is a warm, family-friendly Italian restaurant with good food at very reasonable (for NYC) prices.


      Reservations are a must for dinner in the theatre district, particularly for a party of 8.

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      1. re: Striver

        If you're not going to a show, Trattoria TriColori is great for big groups if you go after 7:30 (when the theater crowd goes to their shows). I took a party of 13 there at 7:30 on a Thursday night, and they couldn't be happier that we were there. Great food and great wine. haven't tried them during the theater crowds...but make a reservation either way.

      2. For that price range, you may end up being heavy on Italian, but you can also go to Scarlatto's on 47th Street. For a cute alternative for either lunch or dinner, Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway at 51st Street. You can do breakfast there too, but if you want to go for cheaper, having something in the room like cereal, bagels, etc. is definitely the way to go. You may want to go on www.menupages.com, check the neighborhood that you want to be on, and look up the menu of different restaurants to get something in your price range. In the theatre district there are various restaurants that offer a pre-theatre 3 course dinner for $29.95, and that may be a good idea for you. Also, keep in mind that a trip to Chinatown for either lunch or dinner could be an inexpensive alternative and an interesting one where you might even come in under budget, then you can go a little higher on another night. It really depends on how far you want to wander from your hotel, and what you are planning to do each day. It is such a great time of year to go to the Bronx Zoo, I am sure that both the adults, and certainly the 4 year old, willl love that. People rave about zoos all over, but I can assure you that the Bronx Zoo is more of a treat than any of them. Having lunch there, although not necessarily a gourmet's delight, will not break the bank.

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        1. re: robinsilver

          FYI, from the Zoo (which is beautiful this time of year), it's just a short walk to the Arthur Ave section, where Italian restaurants and great places to buy bread, cheese, cold cuts, pastries, etc. abound. You could easily put a great lunch together there (or buy sandwiches at Tino's or Mike's delis), and bring it to the zoo, which has a picnic area.

        2. For breakfast there is the Cosmic Diner on 8th and 52nd. But if you want cheaper, then yes, you should buy some food to keep in the room for breakfast. There is a Food Emporium on, I think, 50th and 8th.

          1. Trecolori has moved nearby but wont reopen until May

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            1. re: mick

              Trecolori reopened in their new location (47th, b/t B'way & 8th) *last year*. They really should remove that info from their website because it's very confusing!

            2. Agree with many of the suggestions and would add just a couple of things:
              1. At Sosa's don't forget the rooftop; on a nice day is can be very pleasant.
              2. If you like Thai (and you get alot of food for the $$), try Pongsri Tai, right across from your hotel.
              3. In order to save some $$, think about traveling a bit to e.g. 79th St. Boat Basin; food v average, but cheap, and the location is great. Furthermore, to add to one of the other comments, think about going to the Food E and getting something to take to the Park.

              1. If you want to keep breakfast cheap, definitely buy groceries and eat in the room. There is a Food Emporium right up 8th Ave where you can get whatever you'd need. If you want to go out for breakfast, there are plenty of diners on 8th and 9th Ave, and at least 5 Starbucks within 2 blocks.

                As far as lunches and dinners go, if you're wanting to stay near your hotel, go over to 9th Ave - there are tons of good, inexpensive restaurants. Route 66 Cafe, Pam Real Thai, Wondee Siam, Island Burgers and Shakes, the list goes on. All of these places would be WAY less than $30/40 per person and are pretty casual - maybe more lunch-type spots for you.

                If you're going to be sightseeing (which I assume you are), try posting some of the areas you'll be visiting and you'll get tons of recommendations for places nearby!

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                1. re: biondanonima

                  First of all I want to thank everyone for the great answers. I'm looking into each and one of your recommendations.

                  biondanonima, of course we'll be sightseeing! And I can't wait to be there!

                  We'll be doing a lot of walking around Midtown (both East and West), Central Park, Upper West Side (mainly because of AMNH), Chinatown, Financial District, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, .... So much to see and so little time....

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    When you are at Museum of Natural History, you will be near one of our favorite moderately priced restaurants in NYC, Isabella's. They can handle a large group, but be sure to make a reservation.

                  2. I love the Belvedere hotel! Try to stay away from Broadway and tourists by heading to 9th Ave. where there is a large selection of restaurants of different cuisines. They're almost all reasonably priced. I especially like the Greek place Uncle Nick's 747 9th Ave between 50th & 51st St. Casual, you can get small plates and reasonably priced. You'd have to split up your group though because I think the tables are not that big.

                    Breakfasts in NYC are notoriously bad, IMHO. Diners do a terrible job. Trek up to H&H bagels on Broadway to get some fabulous bagels, send someone else down to Russ and Daughters on Houston St for fantastic smoked fish (or buy on Broadway near H&H), lots of cream cheese from Food Emporium and you'll have a feast. There's the Amish Market on I believe 8th Ave or maybe 9th (ask at the hotel) which has a nice selection of prepared foods and also as I recall smoked fish.
                    I can recommend Tout va bien on west 51st Street. Not glitzty, but cozy, friendly and warm and room for a crowd. Since you're in the theatre district, eating at 8 pm is easy.

                    Carmine's is good Italian and great for a group -- family size portions. On Broadway between 90th & 91st.

                    1. Marseille at 44th and 9th Ave. has wonderful French and Moroccan food. It's best to reserve if possible, and like the others in the theater district, best to go after 7:30.

                      1. Thalia 50th & 8th is good new american, with raw bar and interesting cheeses.