cheap decent eats near Columbus Circle
I'm coming to NYC with family in April from Toronto. We are staying at the Hudson Hotel at 58th and 8th Ave.
We are staying for a week, and from previous experiences in New York, I know it gets expensive eating out every day for a whole week!
Any suggestions for cheap eats (breakfast, lunch and dinner!) that are in walking distance of this hotel (seeing as my mother will be with me, and she probably wont' want to go too far afield from the hotel, especially in the evenings).
We eat all food types, so not fussy! Chinese, European, maybe a cheap deli type place for breakfast/brunch?
(for my one splurge night out, we are going to the Gramercy Tavern, as I love that place! and we will go for a couple of nice dinners otherwise...but I don't want to spend a fortune every day).
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
The food court at Whole Foods in Columbus Circle has a great take out selection. On warm days lots of people carry their Whole Foods meal to Central Park to eat. You could also take something back to the hotel room for breakfast.
And I love an Italian bistro called Noi Dui. It's on 69th, ten blocks isn't much, and you're probably going past on your way to Lincoln Center or the Natural Hisotry Museum. http://noiduecafe.com/Home_Page.html
143 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023
For breakfast you can go to the Flame diner on 9th Ave @ 58th and Rue 57 on 6th Ave @ 57th. For something a bit more upscale, there's also Bouchon Bakery in the the Time Warner Center (3rd floor).
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
60 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
893 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
AubWah gives good advice. A few places in particular that I like:
La Bergamote, the new 52nd St. location (casual sit down; breakfast, lunch and dinner; excellent croissants)
Shake Shack (casual sit down; it's something of a New York institution)
Empanada Mama (casual sit down; can be a long wait and can get crowded; good empanadas)
Tehuitzingo Deli (a few cafeteria-style seats, but mostly takeout)
Kyotofu (small portion sizes, but pretty high quality food; casual sit-down)
Tulcingo del Valle (very casual sit down)
Amy's Bread (good for a light, grab and go breakfast or for lunch)
Akdeniz Turkish (very casual sit down)
Sullivan St. Bakery (sandwiches, pizza, pastries)
Casellula Wine Bar (go at an off hour, it can get crowded; business casual sit down)
Island Burgers and Shakes (very casual sit down)
And of course, there is always Whole Foods in the basement of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle for the prepared steam table food and self catering.
695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Sullivan Street Bakery
533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Tulcingo del Valle
665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
19 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Island Burgers & Shakes
766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
515 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Sure, if the OP has the time and inclination to eat in the park. For me, it would depend on the number of people in the group and how easily his mother gets around. I just think WF could provide a convenient option for one or more of their meals, e.g., breakfast.
Edit: Given that the lines can get long, the OP may want to consider having one person queue while others select the food.
Search this board for Hell's Kitchen, 9th Ave, etc. You'll find lots of suggestions. There are many possibilities along and off 9th in the fifties and upper forties and a few off 8th and 7th. To name a few names: Totto Ramen, Yakitori Totto, Toloache, Carnegie Deli, Petrossian (croissants), Szechuan Gourmet, Bouchon Bakery, Gazala Place, Azuri Cafe, etc. Prices are high at many of these, but portions can be big too. A corned beef sandwich from Carnegie Deli will set you back around $15, but will feed you and your mother for a week.
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019
709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019