Dinner near Wellington Hotel (57th and 7)
I'll be visiting New York in Mid-December with my husband - this will be the second leg of our honeymoon! We are looking for a late night meal near my hotel on the first night. Our flight doesn't arrive at JFK till 7:15 so I am guessing we won't be checked in and ready to go eat before 9pm.
We're willing to walk a bit for good food - we're hoping to maximize every meal in New York! :) I'd prefer an excellent restaurant over something that is just convenient. But I recognize that at 9pm, we'll be pretty hungry so probably not go too far. Though it'll be nice to walk the city and take in the sights a bit.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
9pm is not actually all that late to dine in NYC. However, since your timing will be dependent upon your flight, you'll probably want somewhere that you can walk to and drop in without a reservation. Otherwise, you'll be sweating making it if your flight is delayed.
I would look into Ma Peche or Bar Room at the Modern. Perhaps Yakitori Totto. Or the salon at Per Se if they're still doing it and you feel up to the prices. Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill, burger joint inside the Parker Meredien, and a few others are nearby as well.
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I second kathryn's suggestion of Ma Peche; it's become one of my favorite restaurants. Food is always delicious and creative, and service is attentive and friendly. Dress is casual--perfect if you want to drop your bags at the hotel, and walk to the restaurant. Ma Peche is located on West 56 St. between Ave. of the Americas and 5th Ave. (about a 5 minute walk from your hotel).
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Trattoria del Arte is pleasant, rather casual, and we sometimes use it before theater. But our traditional first-night-in-town spot is Gabriel's, @ @ 11 W. 60th. Very non-cliched Italian, and we're particularly fond of the way they handle game, with some great ragus to go with pappardelle. It's not a spot many tourists go to, but the people we've sent there have always come back raving and frequently have a story of spotting one media-type celebrity or another. ABC isn't too far away, and it's even closer to LIncoln Center, but that just means by the time you get there some of the rush will be over. Still, would strongly recommend reservations.
Three places (I'm new to NY myself): Marseille is French, great (45th I think and 9th)
Hell's Kitchen is excellent (47th and 9th)
Taboon I've heard good things about (52nd and 10th)
Avra (Greek, but farther from your hotel) http://www.avrany.com/-great fish, that's their specialty
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You didn't mention the day-you'll have a bit more of a problem if it's Sunday night...
Quite close would be Seasonal, a very pleasant Austrian place-you can usually get last minute reservations, so you shouldn't have a problem walking in around 9...it's very low-key but quite tasty:
You may also be able to get into Le Bernardin at that hour...if you're up for that level of food after your trip-
Another high-end choice nearby would be Marea-
I'd also recommend the Bar Room at the Modern-though it can be a bit loud for my taste.
One other thought, at a much more casual level - Toloache - I've really enjoyed the tacos here-
Have you ever used opentable.com? That has a handy map function that can show you all the places available from a particular point on the map...and if you have net access from your phone, you could check while in the cab on the way in. But at that time of night, a lot of restaurants in the area will be able to seat you, so don't assume you can't get in.
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