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Jan 9, 2011 04:25 PM

Need rec for a quick, good early sat night dinner near 34th and 8th with a tired 8 year old

I am a Philly chowhound taking my son to an all-day chess tournament at the New Yorker hotel, on 34th and 8th. The tournament is on a Saturday and will end sometime between 6 and 7 pm. My son is a foodie, and likes all kinds of ethnic food, but is likely to be very tired and will not want to travel far for dinner. I know that this is not the best food area in NYC, but any suggestions are appreciated.



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  1. That's not far from Koreatown. If you two like Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed Seafood Bibimbap cooked in a stone pot), go to Han Bat on 35th St. between 5th and 6th.

    Han Bat
    53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    1. K-town (main strip is on 32nd between Broadway and 5th Avenue, as Pan suggested, is a good idea. Perhaps a smidge closer are Go Go Curry (Japanese curry, pork cutlets, etc) and BonChon Chicken (Korean fried chicken) on the north side of 38th between 7th and 8th Avenues. Go Go is closer to 8th, BonChon to 7th. I'm not sure how late they're open on Saturday night, so a quick call may be in order if your kid's in the mood for some Asian comfort food.

      Go Go Curry
      273 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

      1. Not ethnic, but he would probably love Keen's, a fabulous historic steakhouse on 36th St. between 5th & 6th Aves. The pub room doesn't take reservations but that might not be a problem early. Portions as well as prices are smaller there. The staff will give you a guided tour of the place on request, beautiful rooms and fascinating memorabilia. Perhaps not quick enough for you, but for a foodie kid (or anyone) it would be a wonderful experience.

        1. You are across the street from Chipotle, Quiznos, McDonalds, Wendys, and Fridays. If your kid is really tired you default to one of those for lunch or dinner. Tir Na Nog at 33rd and 8th ave is very close, a bit pricey, Irish food for a real meal. Soul Fixin's at 371 W 34 is also super close, falling in between fast food and traditional. Remember it will be bitter cold and windy - not ideal trekking time. Korea town would be a hike for a kid under those conditions - about a 10 minute walk for an adult. Brothers Jimmy's Barbecue is just mediocre although edible and close at 31st and 8th ave. Stage Door Deli is actually a restaurant next to Tir Na Nog and supposed to be pretty good.

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

          Soul Fixins'
          225 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001

          Stage Door Deli
          26 Vesey St, New York, NY 10007

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          1. re: NYNosh

            Add Tick Tock Diner, right in your hotel, to the "convenience" list. Not grand cuisine by any means, but a perfectly serviceable, and very popular, diner with an extensive menu. After a long day, and in awful weather, it's nice to know you have an option that doesn't involve braving the elements.

            There is also a steam-table Chinese buffet on 34th just east of 8th Avenue -- same block as the Wendy's and TGI Fridays referred to above. I do not know the name and have never been (though we've bought pastries from the bakery area in front, and they were decent). Just in case you *really* need something intriguing but nearby.

            Tick Tock Diner
            481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

          2. Pepe Giallo is a nice italian place at 25th and 10th. Five minute cab ride.


            There are some other serviceable restaurants down on 7th and 8th between 14th and 23rd, again a very short cab ride or 1 subway stop from you:
            Cola's -- nice italian spot
            The Dish - 201 8th avenue -- just a diner but I like their chicken parmigiana sandwich

            Pepe Giallo
            253 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001