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I already have one post about Per se, and now I'd like to ask another unrelated question. We are staying at the Westin, Times Square. I'd love to hear any suggestions about good places to eat that are nearby. Not at all sure where to go for breakfast/brunch. On past visits we've eaten in other areas at Bubbys, Pastis, Normas, and others I can't remember at the moment. We can still do that, and will if that's necessary in order to have a really good breakfast. Any ideas? We'd also love some suggestions for lunch and dinner, both in the area and out. I've read lots of ideas on higher end restaurants, and, other than Per se, we will try a few. What I need now are some thoughts for great restaurants that are more neighborhood/cozy/homey in nature. We love most ethnic cuisine, but please don't limit suggestions to that. Just not interested in take out, fast food, hot dogs or things of that nature. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!!

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  1. I'm not sure if Esca's and Marseille are both neighborhood restaurants but they are both very nice places to dine serving lunch and dinner. I have always enjoyed dining at both. They are both a block W of your hotel. Marseille closes at 12 and Esca around 11:30 I think on most days. Both would be good for dinner after the theater. Do you like BBQ. Dallas BBQ is around the corner from the W. I will let the locah CH's help you further. Good luck and have a nice trip.

    ESCA @ 402 West 43rd St., New York, NY 212 - 564 - 7272.
    http://www.esca-nyc.com/
    Marseille @ 630 9th Ave., New York, NY 212 - 333 - 2323.
    http://www.marseillenyc.com/

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    Esca
    402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

    1. OK, so the Westin is at 42nd and 8th, meaning you are very close to many of the interesting and/or ethnic places near 9th Avenue/Hell's Kitchen like Pam Real Thai, Hallo Berlin, and Uncle Nick's.

      Here's also a recent report from someone who stayed near Bryant Park:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709838

      And very close to a number of subway lines -- as soon as you add in taking the subway, nearly all of Manhattan is in play and there are tones of great cozy/homey/neighborhood joints, so it's hard to recommend without knowing some more parameters. Cuisine type? Perhaps a neighborhood you'd like to check out more than others?

      If you're willing to spend a bit more money and stay in that general area:
      db Bistro Moderne -- Daniel Boulud's contemporary French bistro, popular for pre-theatre dining
      The Modern -- upscale Alsatian formal dining in the formal dining room where jackets are required, small plates + hip atmosphere in the bar area and I LOVE the Bar Room
      Esca -- Mario Batali's seafood restaurant, known for crudo, popular for pre-theatre dining. I love their seafood based pasta dishes and the whole porgy. The crudo I'm not so big on, but other people are.
      Keens Steakhouse -- not cheap and not super ethnic but historical. I love taking visitors there because the room is amazing as is the food and scotch list.

      Some of my favorite sit-down ethnic in Manhattan is nearby:
      Szechuan Gourmet -- though I've also heard good things about Lan Sheng
      Madangsui -- Korean BBQ

      Cozy/homey/neighborhood (albeit a bit cramped) places are:
      Pylos
      Blue Ribbon Bakery
      Little Owl
      Redhead
      Peasant
      Pearl Oyster Bar
      Prune
      Perilla
      El Quinto Pino
      Sorella
      Cafe Katja
      Kuma Inn
      Motorino

      I've also heard good things about L'artusi, Apizz, August, Market Table, Joseph Leonard, Recette. Just be warned that a lot of these places don't take reservations because they're more casual in style. Most of these are downtown, too.

      See also:

      Best breakfast and brunch:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772

      Please help me eat during a month in new york
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238

      Don't leave NY without eating these foods
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

      Pizza in NYC
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6928...

      BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

      Top 3 cheap eats that are NOT street food
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700760

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      Pearl Oyster Bar
      18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Pickle Guys
      49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

      Apizz
      217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

      Kuma Inn
      113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

      Little Owl
      90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

      El Quinto Pino
      401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

      Market Table
      54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

      Cafe Katja
      79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

      Madangsui
      35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

      Hallo Berlin
      626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Szechuan Gourmet
      21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      Blue Ribbon Bakery
      33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

      Pylos
      128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      Pam Real Thai
      404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

      Uncle Nick's
      747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Sorella
      95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

      Joseph Leonard
      170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

      Lan Sheng
      60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      Recette
      328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. This recent thread may also help.

        Foodies from out of town need rec for intimate dinner
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719695

        1. Thanks so much to both of you. This site is a bit overwhelming at times, because there are so many places to choose from. You've certainly given me lots of choices, and I truly appreciate your efforts.

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          1. re: runsfast

            You're welcome! Let us know where you end up and please report back how your meals were. :)