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Foodfroggy Feb 17, 2011 05:39 PM

I am staying on 45th street between sixth and seventh avenue for the next couple weeks and was hoping to get recommendations on moderately priced restaurants within walking distance. Ethnic restaurants such as Indian, Thai, South Pacific are fine. I eat just about anything.

Any recs would be most appreciated! Thank you.


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    gutsofsteel Feb 17, 2011 06:31 PM

    Wu Liang Ye on 48th between 5th & 6th - Szechuan cuisine

    Tam Tov on 47th St. between 5th - 6th

    Wu Liang Ye
    36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: gutsofsteel
      Foodfroggy Feb 19, 2011 08:55 AM

      Tried the kung pao chicken for lunch at Wu Liang Ye, the food was spicy and chicken was tender, good spot. It has quite the following. Thanks.

      Wu Liang Ye
      36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

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      orthorunner Feb 17, 2011 06:57 PM

      What defines walking distance for you? There are lots of ethnic eats along 9th avenue, all of which will be somewhere between 1/2 mile and a mile from where you are staying. Some Thai spots include Pam Real, Wondee, and a newer spot, Thai Pure Shophouse. There are many other cuisine options as well: Middle Eastern of various types, Ethiopian, Mexican, etc. which can be found on "Hells Kitchen" or "Ninth Avenue" threads.

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      1. re: orthorunner
        Foodfroggy Feb 18, 2011 07:34 AM

        1 mile is easily walking distance so above spots are doable. Thanks for the recs, will check them out.

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          ellenost Feb 18, 2011 07:44 AM

          I highly recommend Ma Peche (W. 56 St. between 5th & 6th Aves.). Great French-Vietnamese food that is moderately priced.

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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        City Kid Feb 18, 2011 07:49 AM

        Akdeniz, very good and reasonably priced Turkish restaurant, is close to you. Great prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, too.

        19 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

        1. Jel212 Feb 20, 2011 02:50 PM

          You can't go wrong with Yum Yum Bangkok on 9th btwn 45th/46th for Thai, I'm excited to try the new location of Mooncake foods on 54th between 8th and 9th, Basilica is decent for a basic Italian fix on 9th between 46th and 47th, and I love (specifically) the chai at Coffee Pot on 9th between 48th and 49th. Good Korean at lovely Bann at 50th between 8th and 9th. Less lovely, but no less filling - huge, dirt-cheap bowls of noodle soup at Mee Noodle, 53rd and 9th. Hope that helps!


          The Coffee Pot
          350 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

          Yum Yum Bangkok
          650 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Mee Noodle Shop
          795 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: Jel212
            orthorunner Feb 20, 2011 06:28 PM

            I have not been to the other locations of Mooncake Foods, but we did enjoy the new location. While there were some misses, at that price, it was certainly worth it and we will be going back. It would be worth it for the OP to go if he wants to try many places within his couple of weeks here, though I wouldn't pick it as a destination for ethnic cuisine per se. It is a very reasonable price; the OP should be aware that it is cash-only.

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            PennMD Feb 20, 2011 04:54 PM

            Try Tang Pavilion for reasonably priced very good Chinese food. Also try Menchankotei for good Japanese ramen, udon and issakaya style small dishes with a great sake list too. Both are located on W55 between 5th and 6th.

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