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Oct 18, 2009 10:20 AM

Recommendations Near 39th and 6th Ave

I’m traveling with a co worker who isn’t the most adventurous. We are staying near 39th and 6th ave and I’m looking for moderately priced casual places. She will go for ethic eats but the base ingredients need to be familiar to her. For example tandori chicken is a winner with Indian. I’m open to anything. Please help, I don’t want to be doomed to chain restaurants for the next week.


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  1. tia pol is KIND OF close and really delicious!

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    1. re: maxnoodles

      Tia Pol is nowhere near 39th & 6th. It's at 22nd & 10th.

      Szechuan Gourmet has some Americanized Chinese dishes for your friend, and plenty of more adventurous options for you.

      1. re: small h

        Thanks. I should also mention we would be willing to hop in a cab , subway or walk if needed. as long as we could get there in 10-15 mins. Anything around times square?

        1. re: albed

          Yes, lots and lots and lots of things. So many, in fact, that it would be more fruitful for you to search this board for "times square" or "midtown west" or "theater district." And a fifteen minute cab ride from 39th & 6th will get you pretty much anywhere from 96th St. to Chinatown.

          1. re: albed

            It's more fruitful to walk on 9th Av. in the 40s and 50s than closer to Times Square. In addition to the search terms small h suggests, try "9th Av." and "Hell's Kitchen."

          2. re: small h

            I would also second Szechuan Gourmet.
            In fact, I am going there today.

        2. go to szechuan gourmet and order the real stuff. no bs american chinese

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            1. Agree with recs for Szechuan Gourmet...yum! You could also check out Koreatown, which is nearby (32nd between 5th & 6th). There are lots of meat options that aren't too adventurous...

              There's also a decent Italian place called Simply Pasta that's nearby and you don't feel like venturing too far from the hotel. You are also close to Lazzara's which has fantastic square pizza and reportedly wonderful chicken parm sandwiches (I haven't tried but have heard good things.) The inside is very old school.

              More in the fast food category, there's a Kati Roll (indian burrito) nearby, and a Pain Quotidien on the south side of Bryant Park. (Pain Quotidien is a chain of organic/healthy coffee/sandwiches/pastries/salads place -- very casual and the food is good.)

              Would also look at places in Chelsea or the West Village if you want to venture further...lots of good options there.

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              1. re: JMJD

                Like everyone, I would say Szechuan Gourmet.

                Also, you should try Go Go Curry on 38th near 8th - it's Japanese curry but it's not too "out there". The best is the Katsu curry (rice with japanese curry sauce and fried pork).

                Lazzara's has wonderful pizza and hoagies. It's thin square pizza.

                You can also try Keen's on 36th and 6th in the Pub Room which is much more moderately priced than the main restaurant, but they still have the classic mutton chop (just a half portion) which is Keen's specialty.

                Olympic Pita (i think it's called Bacaro now) on 38th between 6th and 5th is great for falafel on laffa bread with fresh french fries included inside the wrap.

                1. re: stephaniec25

                  All, thanks for the recomendations.

                  1. re: stephaniec25

                    I'll ditto Go Go Curry - it's fatty and fantastic, a eat here quickly and go place.

                    Also check out the Korean restaurants in and around Koreatown - Mandangui is on 35th between 5th and 6th and the rest of the options on W 32nd (official Koreatown). Japchae (noodle dish) and Korean bbq might be appealing to her.

                    If you are in the mood for pubs, Ginger Man on 36th has a great selection of beer.

                    1. re: windycity

                      Also love Go Go Curry for a quick, satisfying meal.

                      My fave restaurants in K-Town are Madangsui, BCD Tofu, Gan Mi Oak, and Mandoo Bar.

                  2. re: JMJD

                    i have to say that the chicken parm sandwich at Lazzara's is an utterly inedible pile of glop- AVOID!!! i would actually extend that sentiment to Lazarra's period. if you want good italian sandwiched in midtown venture west to Manganaro on 9th Ave btween 37th & 38th. excellent sandwiches and groceries

                    1. re: El Tigre

                      How about some of the places in Grand Central? Naples 45 or Cafe Centro or Metrazur?