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Mar 1, 2010 12:45 PM

Toronto hound coming to NYC

Hi All,

My husband and I heading to NYC this weekend to celebrate our birthdays. We are staying at The London Hotel which is located on West 54th Street between 6th and 7th Aves.

Our flight does not arrive into Newark until 730 pm so by the time we get to the hotel and get settled it will likely be around 9pm. I was wondering if anyone could recommend somewhere close to the hotel for a quick bite? Possibly a decent pizza place or maybe burgers?


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  1. No one???? Come on guys, I didn't think this question was that difficult. Help a fellow hound out!

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    1. re: paper_bag_princess

      Well, first of all, I think that you're being optimistic about the time you'll be ready to go out. Newark landing + baggage + car to midtown Manhattan + check in = way past 9pm. The good news is that NYC doesnt close down early at all and many places will be open past 10pm, especially on a weekend. One easy suggestion is just to walk west from your hotel to 9th Ave. If you dont spot anything that looks interesting before you get to 9th Ave, you will find many places on 9th Ave. That area is not really a (good) burger or pizza location, but it has many small places to eat. Walk downtown on 9th. We go to Uncle Nick's Ouzoria off 50th St on 9th Ave.... Greek and nice small plates. You'll find others.

      By the way, you can use to see what's in that area and what hours they keep. Have fun.

      1. re: paper_bag_princess

        You could stay right in your hotel and order something from the small menu in the London Bar. We've stopped in for drinks there, and the seating area is very comfortable.

        Angelo's Pizza is a few blocks away, on 57th, b/t 6th & 7th Avs. We've never tried it, but Hounds who have say the pizza is pretty good.

        Btw, 9 p.m. is hardly late for dining in NYC. So, if you're interested in something more than just a pizza or burger, I highly recommend Seasonal Restaurant & Wein Bar, located a few blocks from your hotel, on 58th, b/t 6th & 7th. The Austrian cuisine served there is superb, service is very cordial and attentive, and the atmospherics are lovely. Open a little more than a year, it has been awarded a Michelin star.

        Photos of our recent dinner at Seasonal can be viewed here:

        Photos of our previous dinner there are here:

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks, SteveR and RGR. I know 9pm isn't late in terms of NYC dining but I wasn't sure how hungry we'd be or whether we would want a big meal at that time.

          All of your suggestions look great. Can't wait to get there!

          1. re: RGR

            Angelo's is a great option, as is Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien hotel which is nearby.

          2. re: paper_bag_princess

            Since you mentioned burgers, Burger Joint is in Le Parker Meridien hotel on 56th btw 6th and 7th. It's opened till 11:30 or 12.

          3. I would walk over to 8th and 9th Ave and head downtown. There are a multitude of good places to eat that will be open late.

            L'Express is one of my favorite late night places but they are a bit out of the way at Park ave and 20th St. A quick cab ride.

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            1. re: Motosport

              If one is going to take a quick cab ride, there is, imo, far better food to be had elsewhere than the so-so quality at L'Express.

              1. re: RGR

                I suggested L'Express because it is 24/7 and has decent food at a late hour without being "Fast" or diner food.

                1. re: Motosport

                  I'd go to Sarge's, also open 24/7, for the superb pastrami and other delicious options rather than settle for L'Express' so-so food. Actually, when L'Express first opened in the early 90's, the food was really good and was worth going to late at night. Sadly, over the years, it's taken a downhill slide.

                  Photos of our most recent meal at Sarge's:

            2. If you are up for a burger, Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian is a short walk from The London Hotel. You might also want to try Yakitori Totto. There usually is a long line, but if you are getting there around 9:30, it should not be that bad.

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              1. re: jycnyc

                I think I know the answer already but, Carnegie Deli...yay or nay?

                1. re: paper_bag_princess

                  Carnegie Deli? Feh!! If you get a craving for deli, hop into a cab and take the short ride to Sarge's (3rd Av., b/t 36th & 37th).

              2. Let me make an out of the box suggestion: your hotel is very close to The Cart on the southwest corner of 53rd St and 6th Ave. Get a lamb and a chicken over rice platter (with plenty of white sauce) and take it back to your hotel, stopping off at a convenience store to pick up a few micro brews. Eating in your room may be perfect if you are tired. And all for around $15 with two beers. The only caveat is that there is usually quite a line at the cart (that how you can be sure its the right one!).

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                1. re: bobjbkln

                  I think that the cart will be long gone by the time they get there.

                  1. re: Ann900

                    The cart is there very late night

                    1. re: Ann900

                      The Halal Cart at 53rd and 6th is usually there until 4 AM.

                      1. re: hcbk0702

                        Thabks- I was thinking of a different cart.

                        1. re: Ann900

                          Hey All,

                          Just wanted to report back on our choices. We ended up getting into our hotel about 930 and decided to hit up Angelos. I had a cheese pizza and my husband had the spaghetti and meatballs.

                          The pizza was amazing, the crust was crispy but chewy and loved the sauce and cheese. We don't get pizza like that in Toronto (sad, I know). The meatballs in the spaghetti were very good as was the sauce, pasta was a bit overcooked.

                          We also tried the cart at 53rd and 6th, also very yummy. The only street food we get are hot dogs. The city government won't allow anything else.

                          One other comment, we have found everyone in NYC to be very friendly and very polite, much more so than Toronto. We love it here!

                          Thanks for all the tips.

                          1. re: paper_bag_princess

                            Thanks for the report, pbp. Glad you enjoyed Angelo's and the cart.

                            I can never understand why visitors think that NYers are not friendly and polite. Are there some rotten apples in the Big A barrel? Sure. But on the whole, we're a great bunch! :)

                            Btw, did you go somewhere special for your joint birthdays dinner?

                            1. re: paper_bag_princess

                              "The only street food we get are hot dogs. The city government won't allow anything else.

                              I used to eat quite a bit of the Polish sausages and kielbasa from street carts all over downtown financial district area. Did the city government dis-allowed those too?