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tomjb27 Jan 5, 2010 09:27 AM


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.


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    glutton08 RE: tomjb27 Jan 5, 2010 09:48 AM

    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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      tomjb27 RE: glutton08 Jan 5, 2010 04:09 PM

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

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      RGR RE: tomjb27 Jan 5, 2010 08:57 PM

      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.


      Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

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        tomjb27 RE: RGR Jan 6, 2010 11:53 AM

        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.

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          pace RE: RGR Jan 7, 2010 07:01 PM

          Hands up for Marseille. Esca is good, too.

        2. Motosport RE: tomjb27 Jan 6, 2010 01:13 PM

          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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            tomjb27 RE: Motosport Jan 6, 2010 03:12 PM

            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.

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              Motosport RE: tomjb27 Jan 7, 2010 05:18 AM

              Sounds like a plan. Enjoy!!!

          2. MMRuth RE: tomjb27 Jan 7, 2010 02:17 PM

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

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              gutsofsteel RE: MMRuth Jan 7, 2010 02:23 PM

              Via Quadronno - great suggestion.

            2. tastyeating RE: tomjb27 Jan 8, 2010 12:47 PM

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

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