Between NYU and Penn Station
We are headed to NYU for a day of college-looking this coming Friday. Will be arriving Penn Station in the morning - spending 11-3 busy on "campus" and then have to catch a 6:45 train at Penn Station to head home.
Hoping to find some place for an early dinner/late lunch before the trip home. We'll probably walk the trip back to Penn - and could just take our chances and pick some place that looks good and try it. (That's worked well in the past - in other parts of the city.) We're not very familiar with the area between NYU and Penn - so wondering if anyone has any suggestions, or if there is a "best route" for us to walk that will yield the most/best choices.
Not too picky what we eat (only restriction is son allergic to tree nuts). The timing is kind of between meals - so not sure what would be best - thanks for any thoughts on the matter.
Centro, Bar Pitti or Trattoria Toscana will take you down the Bleecker Street area popular with Freshmen and is close to the A/C/E youll take to Penn. Otto and Knickerbocker are also popular, though I am not crazy about either.
Grand Sichuan or Mercadito might be more adventurous choices, but they will place you closer to the 1 local train and the latter can get pricey on you and if you're about to pay NYU tuition, that's probably the last thing you want.
Be forewarned that if you choose to just wander and stop in somewhere that looks nice, your choices around Penn Station are very restricted and the area around NYU is filled with a lot of places that excel in mediocrity.