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Jul 24, 2011 06:54 PM

Top of the Rock, Broadway

I just realized that there's a flaw in the plan for the evening my son joins me in NYC after my conference. We'll go to Rockefeller Center, check out NBC and the Lego store, then Top of the Rock before going to a show (probably Lion King or Sister Act. He'll be 9). The flaw is--supper! I had thought there was a restaurant at Top of the Rock, but now I see there is not.

What deliciousness lies directly en route from Rockefeller Center to Broadway?


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  1. What time will your son join you? Are you sure you'll have enough time to check out Rock Center, the NBC store, the Lego Store, and ToTR, then dinner, then a show? What day of the week is this? Both have curtain time at 8pm except on Tuesdays, so it really depends what day of the week you're doing this.

    Looks like Sister Act is on Broadway between W. 52nd and 53rd St. but the Lion King is on 44th and Broadway. I'd probably do street food, given your time constraints, but that will depend upon how adventurous your 9 year old is. Would he do halal chicken and rice? Biryani cart? Cuban sandwiches?

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    1. re: kathryn

      From other posts, it seems that the OP is coming to NYC at the end of February 2012, so may be too cold for street carts. Awfully early to plan, wow!

    2. Bill's Burger Bar in Rock Center should work.

      Bill's Bar & Burger
      45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

      1. Thanks for your replies!

        I'm embarrassed I didn't research at least as well as Kathryn did, but a slightly earlier show is probably fine--he'll be tired after his big day. He will arrive on a Tuesday, around lunchtime and we'll have a bite in the room before heading out on our adventure. Top of the Rock is the one essential that afternoon; the rest is just to get him in a New York state of mind and fill time before a show.

        If there's a burger joint, there must be veg options too. Which are tastiest and have a bit of flair?

        A Briyani cart sounds about perfect. I hadn't considered food carts being closed during chilly weather, and had hoped to eat at one good restaurant and one food cart every day. Perhaps we should check out some of the city's famous delis instead? But we'll still want a restaurant for our first big night out.

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        1. re: saacnmama

          > If there's a burger joint, there must be veg options too.

          Not necessarily (i.e. veggie burgers). I think the burger joint might be fun for a kid -- it's inside a fancy hotel (the Parker Meridian) behind a curtain. However, I believe their only vegetarian option is a hamburger bun with melted cheese and no meat (their "grilled cheese").

          It's not that food carts necessarily all close during chilly weather, it's that it'll be less comfortable for you and your son to eat outdoors. Many carts and trucks cater to office workers, who bring it back to their desks to dine.

          Burger Joint
          118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: saacnmama

            If you're going a little further west, there's Five Napkin Burger on 9th Avenue. Their veg burger is my favorite in Manhattan. It sounds strange -- it's made of beets and mushrooms -- but it's really delicious. Also great are the house made pickles.

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

            1. re: saacnmama

              I just noticed your show selections and locations. If you are heading west, there's also Shake Shack. The veg "burger" there is far from healthy but it is very tasty -- a portobello cap filled with cheese and deep fried, served on a bun with lettuce, Shack sauce, etc.

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

            2. How 'bout non-burger sit down options in the area?