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Mar 15, 2010 09:07 PM

What to Eat near Affinia 50

We will be staying at the Affinia 50 - 155 East 50th Street for 5 days and would like some suggestions for Breakfast/Lunch and Dinner within a 20 minute walk of hotel. We will be venturing all over Manhattan but would love some recommendations any price range and any type of food.

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  1. 7 blocks south, on E 43rd between 2nd and 3rd Ave, are two amazing Japanese options. Sushi Yasuda has some of the most amazing sushi in the city. Sit at the bar and order the omakase. Sakagura is a fantastic sake bar hidden in the basement of an unassuming office building. Great menu of small plates, mostly cooked (sushi is available but not the reason to some here).
    For some good, home style Mexican, try Zarela on 2nd Ave between 50th and 51st. For equally delicious but more restaurant-style Mexican, there's Rosa Mexicana on 1st Ave and 58th St.
    Casa Lever on Park and 53rd is a good business-y power lunch spot.

    1. First, about picklesister's Mexican suggestions...

      The one meal we had many years ago at the Rosa Mexicano on First (the flagship) was, with the exception of the guacamole prepared tableside, plain awful! And that dates back to when the owner was still alive and before it became a chain.

      The food at Zarela's is very good, but the bar scene on the street level is a zoo, and seating upstairs would made a sardine squeal in pain.

      My recommendation would be Pampano, on 49th, b/t 2nd & 3rd.. Excellent modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood, good service, comfortable seating, and attractive decor. When the weather is conducive, there is dining on a lovely outdoor terrace.

      Photos of a meal we had a Pampano can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Since budget is not an issue, within twenty minutes walking time, you can get to a number of upscale restaurants serving superb cuisine. Here are a few that we like:

      Alto is on 53rd, b/t 5th & Madison. Contemporary Northern Italian cuisine.

      Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Adour Alain Ducasse, in the St. Regist Hotel, on 55th, b/t 5th & Madison. Contemporary French cuisine.

      Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      La Grenouille, on 52nd, b/t 5th & Madison. One of the last of NYC's Grandes Dames of classic haute French cuisine.

      Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

      1. You'll be staying right across the street from one of my favorite restaurants, Gyu-kaku (50th and 3rd)! One of the most delicious Japanese restaurants in NYC for yakiniku; that is, grilling your own marinaded meat/veg/seafood to perfection. The food tastes great, prices are fair, and the style of cooking is fun. I highly suggest you give it a try for lunch or dinner. :)