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Feb 14, 2011 11:36 AM

Near Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers with no reservations

I'll be staying there with my teenage son this Wednesday (the 16th) through Saturday. He'll be busy rehearsing for a concert during the day. In the evening, I may meet up with him, go out with a group of teens and parents, or just parents, or just on my own, so I can't reserve ahead. I absolutely want to avoid being dragged to a chain restaurant near Times Square. There seem to be some good choices on 9th Avenue between 51st and 53rd. Is it unrealistic to expect to walk there, look a round and find someplace with no reservations? And in the cold weather? (We're from the Bay Area and pretty wimpy, though we do walk a lot.)

Any ideas that are even closer would be great.

We probably don't want Mexican or Asian, since we eat a lot of that at home. I'm especially looking for Italian, French, maybe Middle Eastern or Greek. Victor's looks good. Not much Cuban in the Bay Area. I'm not sure my son would like it, though. Pizza is always good for him. How is Orso?

I'd like to keep entrees in the mid-teens to low-twenties. Less would be better.

On a side note, I'll be on my own for breakfast (I think). I've never had a decent bagel. New York Bagel Co. is close. Is that an okay option? Anything better? I feel like I should go to Carnegie deli, but I don't want a huge sandwich. How is breakfast there?

Thanks for any help. We get lots of clueless tourists posting on the San Francisco board, so I know how annoying that can be. I will report back.

322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  1. For lunch definitely check out the Halal cart on 53rd and 7th or 6th ave (same owners just make sure they use the yellow bags) Lots more cheap, diverse and tasty Midtown eats found on this site:

    There are tons of options on 9th ave and most don't require a reservation so you should be ok. It's only a few blocks from your hotel so the walk isn't bad at's supposed to hit 60 degrees on Friday so don't worry about the cold. Uncle Nick's on 9th Ave is a decent Greek place. There are lots of Middle eastern and Thai options in the area.

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

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    1. re: ukitali

      Thanks for the link -- and for the reassurance! The weather here just turned blustery, so it might actually be better there.

    2. Check out Open Table. You can select the hood, food type and time and you will get a ton of open tables.

      1. Try Sosa Borella on 8th avenue and 50th street

        Argentinian / Italian great local color and fine food, reasonably priced

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

        1. Absolutely, breakfast at the Carnegie. Probably easier to get in, too.

          Second on browsing Ninth Avenue, weather permitting. Delta Grill (9th and 48th) is good. Afghan Kebab House # 1 (9th and 51) too, though I haven't been in a while and had been seeing suggestions that they were no longer serving real Afghan flatbread.

          For one of the best bagels you're ever going to get, walk west to 8th Avenue and take the 104 bus to 80th Street (maybe a 20 minute ride). H&H Bagels is always *somewhere* on anyone's list of Best Bagels in NYC (and, therefore, The World). Get one just from the oven (you'll know!) -- you'll never, ever, eat a Lender's again.

          If you do that, cross 80th Street and explore Zabar's, a true New York food landmark.

          Afghan Kebab House
          764 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Delta Grill
          700 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          H&H Bagels
          639 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: CatoUWS

            There's an H&H at 639 W 46th, also, which is closer to the OP's hotel. Of course, there's no Zabar's over there. Just the Intrepid.

            1. re: CatoUWS

              Note on H&H: if you want any toppings on your bagel like cream cheese, you'll have to do it yourself.

            2. Marseille (9th and 44th) is usually not full, except possibly pre-theater, so if you go after 7:30 you should be able to walk in. Chez Napoleon (51st near 9th) is also not necessary to reserve. Marseille is Provencale/Moroccan while CN is classic French bistro. You could also give Orso a try (46th west of 8th), but only at 8 pm as it will be full before and after theater.

              322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

              Chez Napoleon
              365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019