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Recommendations around 50th and Lexington?

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I will be staying at the Benjamin, around 50th St. and Lexington Avenue, for about two weeks in mid-late June, and I am hoping you guys might be able to help with some recommendations. As I will be working heavily throughout my time there, my dining opportunities will be quite restricted. I'm thinking that I will have the opportunity to venture for leisurely meals only rarely, and I can search the boards for suggestions regarding these select situations. Generally, I will be dining alone.

Here's specifically what I'm looking for:
1. A bar-type joint with a good beer (and preferably whisky) selection that isn't always super-crowded, loud or clubby, that I could stop in, usually late, to unwind after a long day at work. If they have good food, that's all the better.
2. Anywhere nearby, preferably in walking distance, I could grab some good pizza, a good sandwich, a good burger, or ethnic food - anything tasty, really. I love all kinds of food. I probably won't get a chance to eat dinner until late-ish, like 10 pm or later on most days, though.
3. Anywhere nearby, again, in walking distance, I could grab a tasty breakfast (maybe between 5-7am) before heading to work in the morning.

Any recommendations you guys can provide is greatly appreciated.


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  1. p.j. clarke's is a great spot for both a burger and a drink.

    P.J. Clarke's
    915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

    1. Smith and Wollensky Grill

      Wollensky's Grill
      201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        Sip Sak for Turkish?
        Marrakesh for Moroccan? (the service can be slow)
        PJ Clarke for a burger? (can be crowded though)

        Sip Sak
        928 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        235 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

      2. I realize this suggestion might not fit any of your requirements, but you might actually be in the mood for something more substantial one evening : le Relais de Venise, on Lexington @ 52nd (open until 10:30p). We went there as skeptics, but left completely satisfied. For all of $24.95, you get a nice salad, very tasty, perfectly prepared entrecôte (steak) and delicious fries. No other choices & they don't take reservations.

        Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
        590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

        1. 1) There is a strip of bars on 2nd Avenue that might meet your needs later in the evening, but earlier in the week.
          2) Japanese - Ariyoshi, Gyu-Kaku, Menchanko Tei
          Indian - Kiran, Darbar Grill
          Burger - Houston's, Social Eatz
          Turkish - Sip Sak, Güllüoglu, Give Guys
          Middle Eastern - Al Bustan, Naya Express
          3) Ess-a-bagel. A lot of carts and delis also make breakfast sandwiches for breakfast on the go.

          831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          Al Bustan
          319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

          226 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

          805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          131 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

          Sip Sak
          928 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          153 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

          Darbar Grill
          157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

          982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          Naya Express
          688 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

          Social Eatz
          232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

          159 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

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          1. re: JungMann

            Le Bateau Ivre is open until 4 a.m. It's a French "wine bar" with quite nice food. It's on 51st between 3rd & 2nd.
            I know menupages says they're open only until 10 pm, but I'm sure I've seen a sign outside that says 4 a.m., and their website says "kitchen and bar open from 8 a.m. until 4 a.m. every day."

            Le Bateau Ivre
            230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

          2. *Melt Shop for your sandwich cravings - grilled cheese, to be more specific, for a quick lunch/dinner. Great homemade lemonade and salted-caramel ice cream sandwiches, too!
            *Dishes @ 54th and Park: great breakfast and lunch buffets

            399 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

            Melt Shop
            601 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

            1. Wow. Thank you guys for all of the great suggestions! Just about everything mentioned on this thread appeals to me in some way or another. I'm salivating a little bit just thinking about it.

              Looks like I'll have the chance to scope one or two of these places out in the next couple days since I'm headed up on a quick two-day trip early next week.

              The last time I stayed at this location I didn't have many opportunities to get out and about, so I had no idea there were so many and varied options nearby. The only place I remember going previously was S&W.

              Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone for all of the fantastic suggestions. And please don't hesitate to share more if anything else comes to mind.

              Thanks again!

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              1. re: MonMauler

                Tulsi, on 46th, just east of 3rd, serves superb Indian cuisine. Hermant's Tandoor-Grilled Lamb Chops are not-to-be-missed. And the Manchurian cauliflower is not exactly too shabby. And then there are rices. And the naans.... Well, I think you get the picture. Dinner is served until 10:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday, Sunday until 10.

                Tulsi photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


                211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017