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Dec 25, 2009 01:09 PM

Restaurants Near Bryant Park Hotel

We will be coming to NY for a very busy 1 night/2days and will probably not want to venture far from our hotel for dinner after trapsing around the city all day. We love restaurants like China Grill, Red Eye Grill, Asia de Cuba, Baltazar- but feel they are past their prime plus we have eaten at them many times. Is there something along these lines or better?) around where we are staying? We like Italian, Asian, French, Tapas...

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  1. dbBistro Moderne is on 44th, b/t 5th & 6th. The "db" is, of course, Daniel Boulud, and here he's serving contemporary French bistro cuisine. We've had two excellent meals there this year, lunch in March and dinner just last week.

    Photos can be seen here:



    For Italian, my pick in that area would definitely be Convivio, in Tudor City.

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    1. re: RGR

      We are actually going to have lunch at DBGB that day so I don't think Moderne would work. I
      would love to try Convivio but will be with kids(who are foodies) but I am not sure there would be too many things would would appeal to them. Any other suggestions?? Thanks!

      1. re: whyutrippen

        We've been to DBGB and though, imo, the food there is very different from db's (as is the ambiance), I can understand your reluctance to go to two Boulud restaurants during such a short stay.

        DBGB Photos here:

        Cibo, which serves very good Tuscan/New American cuisine, is on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St. .

        1. re: whyutrippen

          Looking again at your original post, I see that you mention liking tapas. La Fonda del Sol, on the street level of the MetLife Bldg., serves excellent Spanish-inspired cuisine, and the menu includes a nice variety of tapas. The ones we chose were delicious. We sat in the dining room, but there is also a more casual bar/lounge area.

          Photos our meal and of the space can be seen here:

      2. Sticking to the nabe: should all be within walking dist.

        Steak: Keen's; v good beef, and famous decs.
        Italian: Carmine's; not great, but perfect for the fam.
        "American": Bryant Park Grill: Yes, I know, mediocre food, but great view, and your kids will love it; and whatta commute!.
        And don't forget Grand Central Station: Naples 45 (IT), Cafe Centro ("Mediterranean"), Oyster Bar (!). All good for what they do.

        Hope you have a good trip!!

        1. i hughly reccomend la fonda del sol for spanish/taoas