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TonyO May 29, 2011 08:45 PM

OK, NYC Hounds, here is the question: Where would you eat three meals in one day all in the Theater District ? Three of us (me, my wife, and our 7 year old daughter) will arrive at JFK at around 8:00 a.m. I guess we would arrive in Manhattan around 10:00 a.m. or so. A light breakfast would be great (maybe bagels or pastries). The show is at 3:00 at the Minskoff so lunch will be needed (maybe a great deli or pizza). I think the show will let out around 6:00 so we have a few hours before our 10:45 p.m. flight out of JFK. I would like to stay in one area as it will be easier with our daughter ( along day for a 7 year old especially if it is a hot day). We are open to all cuisines but would avoid the super high end places (dinner options might be Asian or Italian or any real "must try" place in that area). Thanks for the advice (hoping RGR chimes in !)

  1. k
    kathryn May 30, 2011 08:35 AM

    For breakfast, if you go to Rockefeller Center you have a few options. 'wichcraft does good breakfast sandwiches and has a great sticky bun alongside some other pastries. Bouchon Bakery just opened as well as Jacques Torres.

    http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/bouchon-bakery/
    http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/wichcraft/
    http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/jacques-torres/

    Bouchon opens at 7am, whereas Jacques Torres and 'wichcraft open at 10am.

    If you want to combine something more "touristy" with your coffee and pastry, I would go to the location of Joe the Art of Coffee inside of Grand Central, and pick up coffee & some Doughnut Plant doughnuts and/or some Ceci-Cela croissants.

    http://www.joetheartofcoffee.com/loca...

    A little bit further away is Amy's Bread (9th Ave and 47th), one of the better bakeries in town.

    For dinner, in addition to some of the other great suggestions you've gotten already, I would look into Szechuan Gourmet. Delicious, spicy, and authentic. Don't miss the incendiary mapo tofu, the cumin lamb, or the pork dumplings with chili soy. And they'll have the usual "safe" Chinese-American dishes if your daughter wants them, too.

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    Ceci-Cela
    55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    Doughnut Plant
    379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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

    Amy's Bread
    672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Joe the Art of Coffee
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

    'wichcraft
    1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

    Jacques Torres
    30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

    Bouchon Bakery
    1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

    1. r
      RGR May 30, 2011 06:46 AM

      Hi TonyO,

      I'm truly flattered by your shout out. :)

      We rarely eat breakfast out, so I can't give you a recommendation from personal experience. However, Sarabeth's is very popular. There's a location on Central Park S., b/t 5th & 6th Aves. Breakfast is served on Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

      http://www.sarabethscps.com/

      For lunch, if you like Mexican food, I would suggest Toloache, on 50th, b/t B''way & 8th.

      Toloache photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157625840649523/

      Or, perhaps, Greek? My pick would be Kellari Taverna, on 44th, b/t 5th & 6th.

      Kellari Taverna photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157625619028223/

      For dinner, I highly recommend Keens. Not too far from the Theater District, it's been in its 36th St. location (just east of 6th Av.) since 1885. Thus, in addition to delicious steaks, chops, sides, etc., there's the unmatchable charm of the Old New York ambiance -- walls filled with authentic American memorabilia and rows of old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings. On Sundays, there are lots of families. Kids especially enjoy the dessert sundaes. Our favorite is the very adult Coffee Cantata. Luscious!

      Keens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623279345424/

      I hope you have a wonderful day in NYC!

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      Keens
      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Sarabeth's
      40 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

      Kellari Taverna
      19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

      5 Replies
      1. re: RGR
        k
        kathryn May 30, 2011 08:42 AM

        Given that they are arriving around 10am and Sarabeth's typically has lines, I'm not sure this is the best choice, especially since they'll want to be having lunch around 12:30pm to make a 3pm show.

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          r
          RGR May 30, 2011 09:01 AM

          Acc. to Sarabeth's website, reservations are taken for breakfast.

          I had thought of Bouchon, but the one in the TWC doesn't open until 11:30, and I didn't know about the new one in Rockefeller Ctr. I completely forgot about Amy's, which is a good suggestion.

          I'd do lunch at around 1 p.m., since I don't think they need more than an hour-and-a-half. Wherever they decide to go, they should certainly make a reservation.

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          1. re: RGR
            k
            kathryn May 30, 2011 09:14 AM

            Sarabeth's CPS is sneaky. On OpenTable, it looks like you can only book 9am and 3pm times for brunch. I played around with it a bit just now.

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              g
              gutsofsteel May 30, 2011 09:42 AM

              1pm is too late. That gives a tight 90 mins and 15 mins to get to the theatre....I personally don't like to rush or be anxious about getting to the theatre on time. I'd do 12:30.

              1. re: gutsofsteel
                r
                RGR May 30, 2011 11:04 AM

                If you're leaving 15 minutes to get to the theater, that's actually an hour and 45 minutes in the restaurant. And, btw, no show ever starts on the dot of.

                Of course, nothing wrong with doing 12:30 if that's one's preference.

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        2. TonyO May 30, 2011 05:43 AM

          If there is a place that has a Dim Sum brunch, that would be great. Thanks all !

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          1. re: TonyO
            g
            gutsofsteel May 30, 2011 06:56 AM

            There is no good dim sum place in midtown, unfortunately.

            You'll probably get to Manhattan before 10am - go to Michel Cluizel and grab some pastry for breakfast.

            You'll need to have lunch at noon or 12:30 in order not to rush and make your curtain at 3pm. Marseille is a good recommendation.

            For dinner, Keen's is good but you definitely need a reservation and it's not inexpensive. Take a look at the menu on line. Make a 6:30 reservation. You can make it there by 6:30 if you leave the theatre immediately.

            You won't find "great" deli or "great" pizza in midtown either, unfortunately.

            If you like Szechuan food, Wu Liang Ye on 48th St. is reliable.

            Don't go to Sarabeth's - it's an overrated, overpriced place.

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

            Keens
            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

            Sarabeth's
            40 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

            Michel Cluizel
            584 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017

          2. boredough May 30, 2011 12:08 AM

            For (a light?) breakfast I suggest Michel Cluizel Chocolate Boutique on Fifth Avenue between 46/47th - for excellent coffee, tea or hot chocolate & pastry (& chocolate!)

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            Michel Cluizel
            584 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017

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            1. re: boredough
              k
              kathryn May 30, 2011 08:36 AM

              According to some pages online, they do not open until 11am on Sundays. I tried calling their listed number 646.415.9126 and only got a recording asking me to leave a message (!).

              1. re: kathryn
                boredough May 30, 2011 09:34 AM

                I couldn't find anything on line either, but had once phoned them for hours...and thought it was the same every day. Alas I was wrong! In fact, as I just found out, they open 11am on SAT and noon on SUN, but 8:30am during the week. I've asked them to include this in their website (hah!) so I don't have to rely on my memory any more. Thanks, kathryn, for following up. Apologies to TonyO.

                1. re: boredough
                  k
                  kathryn May 30, 2011 09:38 AM

                  Thanks for clarifying the hours! You'd think they've have them on their web site... or at least a phone recording w/ address, hours, etc. Eesh.

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              rrems May 29, 2011 08:53 PM

              Some places to think about:

              Marseille
              Ember Room
              Orso
              Vice Versa
              La Silhouette

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              Marseille
              630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

              ViceVersa
              325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

              Orso
              322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

              Ember Room
              647 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

              La Silhouette
              362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: rrems
                ellenost May 30, 2011 05:10 AM

                +1 for Marseille. It's close to the Minskoff theatre.

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                  j
                  Jane A. May 30, 2011 07:46 AM

                  On Sunday Marseille does Brunch. I suggest that you also look at their dinner menu. For lunch you might consider 5 Napkin Burger which is on 9th closer to 45th - Marseille is 9th & 44th. Your 7 year old in particular might enjoy that. FYI, all menus are available on menupages.com

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                  Marseille
                  630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                  Five Napkin Burger
                  630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                  1. re: Jane A.
                    r
                    RGR May 30, 2011 08:27 AM

                    Marseille's website: http://www.marseillenyc.com

                    5 Napkin Burger's website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623279345424/

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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