Restaurants recommendations in midtown
kinda broad, but a couple notions to get started:
wu liang ye: very good, authentic sichuan on 48th between 5th and 6th. best if you like spice and like expanding your horizons
adkeniz: turkish on 46h/6th. make a meal of appetizers (easy to do) for best results
fig and olive. 52 between 5/madison small plates. not 100 percent hearty but lovely
natsumi. 50 between b'way and 8th. sushi on the surface, but eat in the bar. have rock shimp, crab dumplings and nice drinks.
tried to stay in the middle of midtown....d'you prefer west-ish or east iah?
re: david sprague
Yes, those places David mentioned are all convenient to the Hilton. Stop in at Myzel's, a candy shop on 55th between 6th & 7th Ave for some Sedutto's ice cream--I recommend the mocha almond fudge. In addition to the appetizers at Akdeniz I'd also recommend the Sultan's Delight, which is meat with a smoked eggplant puree (can't remember if they do both lamb and chicken). Wu Liang Ye is great, there has been a bunch of discussion here.
Also nearby and cheap and good:
Menchanko-Tei for Japanese noodles. And now that it's cold noodle season I'd recommend the hiyashi chuka.
Tina's on 56th between 5th & 6th for Cuban food. It's a spinoff of Sophie's. Only for an early dinner though--they close at 8.
For lunch, but not dinner, Minar on 46th between 6th & 7th has some of the best North Indian food in the city. It's a cafeteria-style steam table place.
Wondee Siam (2 locations on 9th Avenue in the 50s) has some of the better Thai in Manhattan. I prefer Wondee II because it has a much more pleasant atmosphere.
Though I've gone on record saying it's not "great", Angelo's pizza is indeed good. There was a recent thread.