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Feb 15, 2011 05:04 AM

Lunch and breakfast help

Morning hounds

In NYC now and need a few ideas for lunch while out sight seeing the next few days. Any spot within close cab or walking distance from where we will be. Breakfast spots near the Parker Le Meridien would be good too. Will report back when I return on all meals. Thanks again for the help.

Tues - will visit ESB and 911 memorial.

Wed - ferry to Ellis and Statue of Liberty.

Thurs - shopping in Soho

Also, is Eatly a good spot to grab a snack and a glass of wine?


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  1. There aren't a ton of great breakfast spots in Midtown but here are some ideas:

    For a more NY experience, I might advise heading downtown for your breakfast. On Tuesday you could have breakfast at the Breslin. On Wednesday, perhaps Locanda Verde. For Thursday, Balthazar.

    > Tues - will visit ESB and 911 memorial.

    I'd eat near the ESB and not Ground Zero for the most options. The ESB is right by Herald Square, Macy's, and Koreatown. I'd go for Korean BBQ at Madangsui or spicy Sichuan food at Szechuan Gourmet. SG and its competitor restaurant Lan Sheng are literally across the street from Lord and Taylor if you're interested in shopping there. Those are my two go tos.

    Korean Fried Chicken options Baden Baden, Bon Chon, Kyochon, and Mad About Chicken are all around Herald Square as well. A friend who works around there says to hit Woorijip for the best (fast/takeout) Korean lunch in town. If you have more time, you could also hit up the front room at Keens Steakhouse.

    More options near there & midtown:

    Searches for "Empire State Building" "ESB" and/or "Herald Square" may turn up more.

    > Wed - ferry to Ellis and Statue of Liberty.

    This will likely take the entire day. There are decent concession stands on the two islands. Or you can bring your own food. You don't have a whole lot of options once you're there.

    > Thurs - shopping in Soho

    For Soho, here's some threads about takeout lunches:

    When we're shopping and need a quick bite, we usually end up at Grandaisy, Ground Support, or Despana. Or pop into Dean & Deluca (for Two Little Red Hens or Doughnut Plant items), Birdbath, Ceci Cela, Balthazar Bakery, or Oro Bakery, for a snack. Oh, that reminds me, Torrisi may be worth a look, too. It might be better on a weekend since I've heard the weekday lunch crowd (office workers) can be huge & the waits can be significant.

    And yes, Eataly is a decent spot to grab a snack and a glass of wine. The wine bar area doesn't have a lot of stools though. But it has a lot of standing tables. You could easily grab a spot at a standing level table, have some meat and cheese, and a glass of wine. It does get awfully crowded at meal times and on the weekends. A weekday at an off time like 10-11am or in the middle of the afternoon around 3pm should be OK.

    408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    Two Little Red Hens
    1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

    Oro Bakery and Bar
    375 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Dean & DeLuca
    1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

    Ground Support
    399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Doughnut Plant
    220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: kathryn

        Pretty sure Baden Baden doesn't open till 4:30 or after.

        Baden Baden New York
        28 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001