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Aug 26, 2009 08:07 AM

Near Penn Station.... anything?

My disabled mom is coming in via train tonight to Penn Station and has very limited mobility. Do you guys know of any decent places nearby we could get dinner? There are many pubs but few restaurants. I used to go to bars around there and remember the food being pretty awful and more priced for the tourist. I'm looking for something not too expensive. Our palates are pretty open to most cuisines.

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  1. Tracks is a restaurant right inside Penn Station. I've never tried it. Posts by Hounds who have eaten there say the food's decent.

    If 7th Av., b/t 29th & 30th, is not too far for your mom, there's Seven. Again, I've not tried it, but there have been positive comments on this board about it.

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    1. re: RGR

      Both sounds good. I'll run it by her. It's a tough neighborhood to find a restaurant!

    2. If you do go to Tracks inside Penn Station, don't be put off by the large bar area when you first walk in. Make your way to the back (beyond the raw bar station) and there are booths and tables. And it's a lot quieter back there too usually. (I know there's a way to actually enter from the station to the rear of Tracks but I don't know how to direct you there.)

      1. Stout is a pub but everything I've tried there has been good. I suggest it because it's roomy, clean and I don't think you have to go up any stairs to get in.

        1. that area is a black hole for restaurants. mostly inhabited by fast food joints, there aren't too many choices. stage door diner on 33rd and 8th ave or tick tock diner on 34th and 8th have decent food. niles on 31st and 7th ave has traditional american food at around $20-25 for entrees (pastas and salads are closer to $15). chef yu on 36th and 8th has a nice interior and decent chinese. fat annie's truck stop (FATS) on 33rd btw 6th/7th is hit or miss burgers and southern. if you want to stay inside of penn station, avoid the tgi fridays and go to tracks.

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            1. re: niia

              Keens would certainly be my first choice for a restaurant in the general vicinity of Penn Station. However, it's on 36th, b/t 5th & 6th -- not very close -- and given that nicholel's mom has very limited mobility, I don't think it's a viable option.

          1. Pad Thai has OK to decent Thai food. I only suggest it because it's very close to Penn on 8th Ave between 30th and 31st.