Interesting food in Midtown?
Sofrito at 57th and 1st for good Puerto Rican cuisine and great bar.
Sofrito @ 400 East 57th St., New York, NY 212 - 754 - 5999.
Or Luna Piena for a great local place and excellent Italian.
Luna Piena Restaurant @ 243 East 53rd St., New York, NY 212 - 308 - 8882.
400 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
any of the yakkatori totto restaurants are great: yakatori soba, yakatori totto (they are on both E and W side), and some others (all same owner). they're izakaya (e-zawk-a-ya) so pub-like fair from grills, not sushi. the YT on the west side has a "make tofu at your table" dish that is SO good (you don't actually make it, it just sits there). YT soba has amazing noodles/broth.