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May 16, 2008 08:33 AM

Good eats near Rockefeller Center

My vegetarian daughter and I are visiting NYC for a few days and staying at the Marriot East Side. Want to make sure to eat some interesting ethnic food, as well as "good cheap eats". We love Thai, Indian and Mexican--any suggestions?

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  1. A recently-discovered favorite of mine is Indus Express on 48th St., between 5th and 6th Ave. They have very good chaat and much of the food is vegetarian.

    For Thai, head west to Hell's Kitchen. The established decent options in the area are Pam Real Thai and Wondee Siam. If you come from a place where Thai food is really good and authentic, though, you may not want to have it in Manhattan.

    Not Mexican, but S. American, in any case: Empanada Mama for Venezuelan style empanadas and arepas. Lots of vegetarian options.

    I can't think of any vegetarian friendly, Mexican cheap eats in the area (Tehuitzingo is very good, but I think they may only have two vegetarian options)... For mid- to up-market Mexican, there's Toloache and Hell's Kitchen (the restaurant).

    Enjoy your visit. :)

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    1. re: cimui


      695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Hell's Kitchen
      679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Wondee Siam
      792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Pam Real Thai Encore
      402 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

      Empanada Mama
      763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Indus Express
      48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

    2. for a good,cheap salad on the go, try Tossed which is in the lower level concourse underneath Rock Center...

      1. For Indian, I'm a fan of Bay Leaf over on 56 b/t 5 and 6.

        Bay Leaf
        49 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: rdc

          I also like Bay Leaf.

          For Thai head over to TOPAZ THAI
          127 W. 56th St.
          betwn 6th and 7th Avenues

        2. You should also check out Tulcingo for Mexican. It's across the street from Tehuitzingo, has a larger menu, and also real seating. Tehuitzingo is more of a little taqueria in the back of a quickie mart whereas TdV is more of a traditional restaurant. Both are excellent but TdV has many more vegetarian options. TdV also has daily specials which can be hit-or-miss but are worth a try if you're feeling adventurous.

          Tulcingo del Valle
          665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: rdc

            I'm taking this suggestion for myself. Thanks. :)

            1. re: cimui

              Awesome :). I hope you like it!

              There's no menu on the CH page for the restaurant but has the full menu available.