34th & Lexington
I'm coming to town with a few friends. It's my first time in new york and we're looking for good places to eat.
We're pretty much up for everything, burgers, pizza, italian, chinese, japanese, mexican. We'd like to eat at moderately priced places($20 plate), but are up for a splurge on 1-2 of the nights. We'd also like breakfast/lunch suggestions!
Can anyone also recommend good bars in the area?? Willing to go to different parts of town as well.
Saravanaas, 26th St. and Lexington Av., is a great South Indian vegetarian restaurant. I went again most recently a few days ago and had a delicious meal.
For Korean barbecue, go to Madangsui, 35th St. between 5th and 6th.
If you want Jewish delicatessen food and aren't willing to go downtown to Katz's (which I would certainly recommend you do, for the pastrami [with the brisket being 2nd best if you feel the need to get anything else]), there's 2nd Av. Deli at 33rd between Lexington and 3rd - good but expensive. (Tongue sandwiches are priced punitively, at $20.95, but other items are less radically expensive; you can look at their menu here: http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...)
For Sichuan food, go to Szechuan Gourmet, 39th St. between 5th and 6th. It's excellent! Stick to the spicy items, as the non-spicy ones don't tend to be interesting, based on my experience so far.
I like the wafer-like pizza at Vezzo, 31st and Lexington. It's cheap and good, but it's certainly not the best in town.
How long are you in town?
When Saravanaas has a line out the door, I've found Pongal to be an equally good option. The food and service and even the ambiance were great --- although I was somewhat put off that they treated me dismissively like a foreigner as with my light skin and features, it's hard to recognize I'm South Asian.
Keens 72 W 36th St - go to the pub for an out of this world burger - not to be missed.
Bon Chon Chicken 314 5th Ave- crazy good "Korean style fried chicken"
Blue Smoke 116 E 27th St - for bbq and good beer
Olympic Pita 58 W 38th st - falafel
Ginger Man (Bar) 11 E 36th St - amazing beer selection
Resto 111 E 29th St - burger or brunch
Kang Suh 1250 Broadway - Korean BBQ
that should get you going! hope others post, and have a great time.
Pamplona has excellent take out lunch menu as well as a very affordable lunch prix fixe. I believe they also have a regular mojito happy hour.
If you are feeling slightly more luxurious, walk a short bit and take advantage of the weekday lunch prix fixe at Eleven Madison Park. Two courses for $28, which is a steal if you look at the other menus.
There is excellent espresso and coffee at Fika. They also look like they have interesting salads and sandwiches, but I haven't tried them yet.
For burgers, Blue Smoke has an excellent burger (thick, bar style), or you can go to Shake Shack (thin, fast food style with a specialty sauce).
You are also very close to the Grand Sichuan on 33rd and Lexington. I haven't been to this particular branch but the other ones are very good.
There is also a deli counter tucked away on the 2nd floor of Kalustyan's (famous spice store):
I used to live in the neighborhood for 15 years (moved 18 months ago). Here are my recommendations:
Sarge's Deli (much better and less expensive than 2nd Ave. Deli) Third Ave. between 36 & 37 Sts. Open 24 hours a day. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Benjamin's, Second Ave. and 33 St. Very good continental food
Artisanal, E. 32 St. between Park and Madison Aves. great place for brunch. Great cheeses.
Sushi Sen-nin, E. 33 St. between Park and Madison Aves. wonderful sushi. some think it's pricey, I think it's because the sushi is really good.
Notaro, Second Ave. between E. 34 and 35 Sts. good Italian food, moderate prices. they also have early bird specials.
Eleven Madison Park, Madison Ave. and E. 24 St. great food, a bit of a splurge.
La Petite Auberge, Lexington Ave. and E. 28 St. charming French bistro, very good food.
Have a great time!
kathryn, when i lived in the neighborhood, Sen-Nin was my go-to place. granted, i haven't been there for quite a few years...but if the quality hasn't changed, it's very good. not quite up to the standard of some place like Yasuda or Kanoyama, but the fish was always very fresh, and the portions are generous - which makes their prices a little easier to swallow.
Good bars is a pretty vague phrase. What exactly are you looking for? I don't even know where to begin, but:
Ginger Man on 36th & Madison has an obscene selection of beers on tap, if you're into that.
If you're in your early 20's and are looking for a post-college scene, there are literally dozens of bars on 3rd ave, roughly between 25th and 35th, that may appeal to you.
You can take a few stops on the 6 line to Astor place and walk to either the east or west village. There are countless options, depending on your taste.
If you're more into clubs, head to the west side.
re: chet steadman
We're in our early to mid 20's (and all females). We've all got different tastes in going out, so I think we're mainly going to stick to lounges (cocktails and martinis), maybe a relaxed bar (there's a beer drinker with us), and a club or two over the weekend.
For clubs, I've heard about Cielo & Marquee... any other suggestions? We don't want to get stuck in line for 20 hours.... but would like it to be somewhere nice, trendy