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Hi,

Coming down from Boston this weekend for three days and had a few questions for anyone willing to answer. I used the search-engine on some of these, but I was hoping for a few more responses. My girlfriend and I are big walkers and willing to take the train, but in general, i'm hioping to stay as close to these places as possible. Thanks in advance for taking a look.

Any good bagel places near Grand Central? (we're staying at the Hyatt)

Lunch near the Frick - looking for something low-key, possibly pub-food or a sandwhich place.

Dinner Thursday night pre or post show in Theatre District - I hear this is a horrible are for good food, but is there something decent? someone told me Da Rosina was an okay option in that area. any ideas?

a few bar and cocktail place ideas, mid-town to downtown. I am a big fan of craft beer and classic cocktails, but I'm hoping to avoid dressy, crowded or trendy places. an intersting bar with character (even a dive), or a low key cocktail spot would be perfect.

Thanks

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  1. Ess a bagel is a very popular bagel place not too far from you on 51st and 3rd.

    For craft beer, Rattle n Hum on 33rd between 5th and Madison is great. It's not dressy or trendy, but can get crowded especially during afternoon rush due to it's proximity to Penn Station.

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    1. re: glutton08

      Thanks, glutton08. I will definitely check out Rattle and Hum.

    2. Why you think the Theater District is "a horrible are[a] for good food" is a mystery to me because there are many restaurants with good to excellent cuisine. It would. of course, be helpful to know what type(s) of food you prefer and what your budget is.

      That said, I highly recommend dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. This is one of 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. Its focus is contemporary French bistro cuisine, and needless to say, the food is superb. Good service and pleasing ambiance. The a la carte menu is pricey (though not anywhere near as expensive as Chef Boulud's eponymous temple of haute cuisine), but they offer a 3-course pre-theater prix-fixe for $48.

      You can see photos of our most recent dinner at dbBistro here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Two other very good restaurants to consider: Marseille (French/Mediterranean), on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., and Trattoria Trecolori (Italian), on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av.

      http://www.marseillenyc.com
      http://www.trattoriatrecolori.com

      Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: RGR

        Thank you for the recommendations. I suppose I was rash in my characterization, considering personal experience played no part it in. I just recall receiveing the impression that it isn't a foodie hot spot from some online research. my bad.

        1. re: RGR

          Hands up for Marseille. Esca is good, too.

        2. Ess A Bagel is a short walk from Grand Central. It is a memorable bagel experience. Great smoked fish and spreads too!!
          From the theater district I always walk over to Hells Kitchen, 8th Ave or 9th Ave. There are quite a few non tourist restaurants. Plenty of reviews here on chowhound.
          Suggestion: don't wear your Red Sox hat.

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          1. re: Motosport

            Haha. I actually have a winter hat with a "B" on it and I probably wouldn't even have made the baseball connection until i was eating snow after running into a pack of Bleacher Creatures.
            Good call on Hells Kitchen. Heck, I might even bag the upscale bar idea and just go to Rudy's.

          2. Via Quadronno is on 73rd, west of Madison, and has great panini that might work for your Frick lunch.

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            1. re: MMRuth

              Via Quadronno - great suggestion.

            2. If you are willing to head out far west there's a craft beer bar called Pony Bar on 45th St and 10th ave.