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Mar 21, 2011 02:00 PM

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).


Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. walk over to 9th avenue its all restaurants all through the 50's most are affordable

    1. AQ Cafe, which is just off Columbus Circle. It's the less costly sister of Aquavit.

      AQ Kafe
      1800 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: mahler5

        I looked at the menu and looks good! Thanks for that one!

      2. 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.

        Yakitori Totto
        251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

        Bouchon Bakery
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

        Gazala Place
        709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Carnegie Deli
        854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Azuri Cafe
        465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

        182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

        Szechuan Gourmet
        244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        Totto Ramen
        366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: FoodDabbler

          Azuri's Azuri's Azuri's! Best falafel in the city hands down.
          Ezra, the owner, is the best. He used to be more "soup nazi" but is truly awesome.
          I'm so sad I don't work nearby anymore

          Azuri Cafe
          465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

        2. Whole Foods is on the lower-level of Time Warner, which should be right next to your hotel. There's a seating area where you can dine on your Whole Foods purchases.

          Whole Foods
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: uwsgrazer

            The WF in Time-Warner is a depressing, windowless space, don't you think? if the weather is good, the OP is better off carrying food from wherever to Central Park (across the street from Time-Warner) and eating it there.

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              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.

              1. re: uwsgrazer

                I think eating in the park will really depend on the weather more than anything else. If the weather is ok, that would be a great choice, for sure.

          2. 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

            Grandaisy Bakery
            176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

            Amy's Bread
            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

            Empanada Mama
            763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            La Bergamote
            515 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

            144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

            Shake Shack
            691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036