Place for dinner near the Hudson Hotel? (58th between 8th & 9th)
hi all - staying at the Hudson Hotel this weekend (near Central Park)- was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for the area, esp for dinner. Can't get too pricey, was looking to keep the dinner under $100.00 for 2 of us. (is this possible???) since you guys are the foodies, i will bow to you. We like pretty much anything except the bf doesn't dig on seafood, but i do. We welcome farm fresh/local stuff/organic but really, good yummy food is all we're asking for. thanks for any and all input!! :)
The only places I've eaten at right around there are a couple of burger joints. The closer, Burger Joint, in Le Parker Meridien, is very close by and serves a decent burger and a good shake. The farther, Island Burgers and Shakes, I like better because they serve a broader range of fun burger options, e.g. the Tijuana burger with guacamole, bacon, and cheese, and a chocolate malted shake, which is where it's at, as far as I'm concerned. Now, the funny thing is that they don't sell fries. Burger Joint does, but they aren't the best (they can suffer from limpness, which I just hate).
118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Island Burgers & Shakes
766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Yeah, it sure is possible. How far are you willing to go? There are a bunch of places on 9th in the lower 50s and 40s. For example, I like Ariana Afghan Kebab House, between 52nd and 53rd Sts. Not local/organic, but definitely tasty. If you do go there, should salad come as a side with anything you order, ask them to hold the dressing, and put the green hot sauce on it.
i would highly recommend kashkaval. it's on 9th avenue between 55th and 56th (i think! it may be between 56 and 57...) it's mediterranean food and don't be surprised when you go in. it's a small little market in front and then in the back is a cozy little restaurant that has a lovely ambiance. it's not too loud, but is usually bustling and i think it's the perfect casual date place. they have great mediterranean spreads and salads that you can get on platters. i think there is a platter for $12 in which you can get generous portions of 5 spreads of your choice. they have at least 20 spreads to choose from, like beet-walnut, eggplant, grape leaves, roasted cauliflower, artichoke, taramosalata, etc. then they have very nicely priced cheese and charcuterie platters as well as a giant spinach-feta borek (spinach and feta baked in layers of flaky pastry) that is just delicious. i haven't tried the fondue, but everyone seemed to be getting it last time and it smelled great. also good are the kebabs over either bulgur wheat or orzo pasta. they also have very very nicely priced wines. i would say that you should DEFINITELY get a salad/spread platter and then perhaps get one or two other things depending on how hungry you are. you will stay under $100 without any problems.
there are a few restaurant week specials going on near you as well. aquavit, the swedish restaurant by marcus samuelsson, is having a $35 dinner prix-fixe and the food is really lovely there. you should check out the menu. and also check out other restaurant week specials going on and see if any interest you.
hope you have a wonderful time! and let us know what you do!