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Sunday night near Megabus stop @ 8th Ave & 31st St - Penn Station

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Hello,

We're catching a 9 pm Megabus out of town on a Sunday night. The Megabus stop is on 31st St. at 8th Avenue, by Penn Station. I've done this several times and haven't found a good place to eat nearby. There are some Irish bars and sports bars on 31st and the usual fare inside Penn Station.

We'll be coming from a Sunday matinee at Lincoln Center that ends around 6 pm. We're looking for a place to have a glass of wine or a coffee, definitely a snack, probably a casual dinner.

I eat a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) so Thai/Indian/Vietnamese/ is more workable than deli/Italian/pizza/Chinese (soy sauce usually has wheat in it). I'm traveling with a friend from Argentina - it's a long shot but it would be great if there was an Argentinian pick between Lincoln Center and Penn Station.

I've tried the Wee Molly Pub around the corner on 8th and it's a cozy pub but Irish pub food centers on bread and beer (barley) so it's not a great menu for me.

Thanks for your recommendations.

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  1. Have you been to Tir Na Nog? It is an Irish bar, but an upscale one, with good food - and wine. I think the menu would have many possibilities for you.

    http://www.tirnanognyc.com/homepage.php

    1. There are two Argentinean restaurants between Lincoln Center and Penn Station: Sosa Borella, on 8th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts., and Chimichurri Grill, on 9th Av., b/t 43rd & 44th Sts.

      We have eaten at Sosa Borella, albeit a couple of years ago, and the food was very good.. The menu is actually a combo of Argentine and Italian. Nice ambiance as well.

      http://www.sosaborella.com

      We have not been to Chimicurri though reports I've read about it are positive. They are especially known for their steaks.

      http://www.chimichurrigrill.com

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      Sosa Borella
      832 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      Chimichurri Grill
      606 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: RGR

        RGR, thank you for the Argentinian picks. We'll check them out.

        small h, turns out there's a Tir Na Nog here in Baltimore (Maryland, not Ireland). I walked right by it last night. I'll have to try the local one out next time I eat at the Inner Harbor. The Tir Na Nog menu does look unusually promising - around here an Irish place is usually a stealth sports bar with lots of flat screen TVs and food for drunks - so I hadn't paid any attention to Tir Na Nog.

        I searched the archives and Txikito, in the other direction from Penn Station on 9th between 24 & 25, also sounds good.

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        Tir Na Nog
        5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      2. Second Tir Na Nog. Also, you might want to check out Nick & Stef's on the street level of the Garden at 31st and 8th. You can check out menus (including a very light lounge menu) at www.patinagroup.com. Click on New York and find Nick & Stef's. Good food, very professional staff, can be very pleasant. But, and it is a HUGE but, check out the Garden schedule; if something is going on there, all bets are off.

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        Tir Na Nog
        5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001

        Nick & Stef's
        9 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001

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        1. re: Upperwestsider

          N.B. Nick & Stef's is on Sundays *only* when there is a game.

          http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant...

        2. What about Txikito? I love the place-on 9th between 24th-25th. And it's perfect for casual wine and snacking...
          http://www.txikitonyc.com/index.html

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          Txikito
          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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          1. re: David W

            We ended up going with the Chimichurri Grill and really enjoyed it. I had asado tiro (spelling?), an asado of beef short ribs. Very full rich flavor, nicely chewy without being tough at all. The ribs are cut across the bone, which I've seen before in Korean cooking. The staff warned us the asado was the one thing on the menu that took a while to prepare - about 25 minutes - and it was worth the wait.

            Small restaurant, nice atmosphere, good service. The location was perfect - an easy long walk from the matinee at Lincoln Center, and then an easier long-ish walk to Penn Station after dinner.

            Txikito is on the short list for next time.

            Thanks for the advice. We would not have found Chimichurri Grill without CH.

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            Chimichurri Grill
            606 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: Vivaqua

              Thanks for reporting back, Vivaqua! Glad you enjoyed Chimichurri Grill. Now, I've got to go and try it myself.