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  • scny5 Nov 30, 2011 03:51 AM

Alright, im originally from the Poughkeepsie, NY area and left 9 years ago when i joined the Air Force. We have been back a few times and this will be my Texas wifes second time to NYC. THe first time was Christmas season 2009. She loves Time Square, so thats where we will be staying. Im interested in getting some insight on good NY style pizza, pasta, local bars and sushi in the general area around Time Square. If we need to take the subway a little, thats fine. The wife has never rode on the subway so that is a viable option. We do not want anything commercialized / tourist traps. (She was sucked into ESPN Zone and thought it was the greatest place till we found a nice dive bar) Im not looking for anything expensive, just authentic, NY style food(She will spend plenty on all the street vendors). We are both in our mid 20s so we like fun over extravagent. We will be there next Thursday, 8 Dec.

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  1. Sushi - Sushiden or Shimizu

    NY Style pizza - Angelo's Pizza, John's Pizzeria

    Neapolitan pizza - PizzArte (they also have fried pizza, Montanara!)

    Italian - Trattoria Trecolori

    Mexican - Toloache

    Chinese - Szechuan Gourmet

    Japanese - Yakitori Totto for yakitori; Menchanko-Tei, Totto Ramen (1 hour+ wait though), or Sapporo for ramen; Katsu-Hama for fried meat cutlets.

    Thai - Pam Real Thai, Wondee Siam

    Dessert - Kyotofu (Asian-influenced), Momofuku Milk Bar

    Korean - Madangsui, BCD Tofu House

    A bit more expensive, but worth it -

    The Modern Bar Room, fantastic French/Alsatian food, wonderful desserts

    Ma Peche - David Chang's French-Vietnamese influenced Midtown restaurant

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

    Sapporo
    152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

    Kyotofu
    705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Shimizu
    318 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

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

    The Modern
    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

    Trattoria Trecolori
    254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    Madangsui
    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    Menchanko-Tei
    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    John's Pizzeria
    260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    Wondee Siam
    792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Pam Real Thai
    404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

    Sushiden
    123 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    Angelo's Pizza
    1697 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

    BCD Tofu House
    17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Momofuku Milk Bar
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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

    Katsu-Hama
    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    PizzArte
    69 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      Great list!

      Check out also MidtownLunch.com for all sorts of eats under $10.

      I'd add the Times Square Shake Shack, too.

      I'd note that Szechuan Gourmet excels at traditional Szechuan dishes, less so Americanized Chinese ones. You'll need to order carefully there.

      For dessert/pastries/chocolate, nearby in Rockefeller Center is Bouchon Bakery, La Maison du Chocolate, Magnolia Bakery, 'wichcraft, and Jacques Torres.

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      La Maison du Chocolat
      30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

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

      Magnolia Bakery
      1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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

      Jacques Torres
      30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

      Bouchon Bakery
      1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for the additional recommendations, Kathryn. Shake Shack totally slipped my mind. And I do adore La Maison du Chocolat's macarons and enjoy Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding.

        My first instinct is to tell the OP to take the subway to go to some other neighborhood. But then, I thought about it some more and came up with the above list. Nowadays, I think there are actually a number of viable options in that neighborhood. So all is not lost, if people prefer to stick with the Times Square / Theater District area. :)

        I marked the places you mentioned so they appear on the side of this page.

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        La Maison du Chocolat
        30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

        'wichcraft
        11 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

        Magnolia Bakery
        1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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

        Jacques Torres
        30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

        Bouchon Bakery
        1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

      2. re: Cheeryvisage

        This post was really helpful to me, a solo traveler staying near Times Square. I had a great dinner tonight at Yakitori Totto. Loved the chicken meatball skewer and the nasu eggplant in particular. And the Totto soup was wonderful, too. Thanks!

        1. re: Cheeryvisage

          Shorty's is a bit of a dive bar that serves philly cheese steaks and it is on 42nd and 9th. I think they import the rolls every day from Philadelphia. I thought of it immediately after reading your post.

        2. Times Square [named after the newspaper] is about as inauthentic a place as you can find in a city full of that quality -a venue where Donald Trump goes to eat pizza with a fork. So if you don't want anything to do with "commercialized / tourist traps" you'd best go elsewhere.
          Others will chip in about places to eat on Ninth Avenue, of course, but I have to throw in a good word for "Jimmie's Corner" as one of the last remaining (and certainly threatened) truly good spaces in that neighborhood: on 44th just east of B'way, on the south side of the street.
          It's a bar with an insuperable jukebox, and barely enough space to flex your wings -a good place to end your night.

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          Jimmy's Corner
          140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: Phil Ogelos

            If you walk over to 9th Ave - 10th Ave you will find more "neighborhood" places, stop in Rudy's (9th Ave between 43rd-44th, I think) one of the kitchiest dive bars in NY (there's a pig outside), you can get a free hot dog with your cocktail. There are a lot of good restaurants in this neighborhood, all pretty reasonably priced all different types of cuisine.

            You should take your wife down to the East Village on the subway for some real fun people watching and also a neighborhood filled with fun, reasonable places.

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            Rudy's Bar & Grill
            627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            1. re: Phil Ogelos

              As a boxing fan, I couldn't agree with you more. If Jimmy is holding court, he'll share stories with you about being in Ali's corner for all those fights against smoking Joe Frazier. The photos and fight posters that decorate the place are priceless.

            2. Thanks everyone for your inputs. We know that you need to get away from Times Square to experience real authentic food and we are up for that. We just like to stay near Times Square seeing as the wife likes the Christmas scene around Rockafeller Center.

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              1. re: scny5

                Make sure you check out the window display at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Av and 59th ST. Amazing!!

                If you want to ice skate go over to Bryant Park. It's a bigger rink without the lines of Rockefeller CTR.

              2. Take the shutttle/subway from Times Sq to Grand Central before you head out to dinner. Check out Grand Central station and it's beautiful ceiling. Before you head to dinner have a dozen oysters and or some chowder at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Sit at the Oyster Bar and not at a table. Just get oysters or chowder. The rest of the menu is not memorable. Think of it as an appetizer. Before you go into the restaurant check out the "Whispering arches". Ask someone if you can't find them. After dinner and the dive bar and midnight head on down to Chinatown and have a snack at The Great NY Noodle Bar. It will be bustling @ 2 AM. Enjoy the experience. Katz's Delicatessen is another after midnight place to hit on Thurs-Saturday. Split a nice Pastrami on rye sammich and a Dr Brown's Cel Ray soda.

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                Katz's Delicatessen
                205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                Great New York Noodletown
                28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

                Grand Central Oyster Bar
                89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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                1. re: Motosport

                  No need to take the subway from Times Square to Grand Central... it's about a 5 block walk. Walk across 42nd, past the NY Public Library and Bryant Park (there is a 'wichcraft stand on 42nd and 6th at the edge of the park for coffee/cocoa, or a Starbucks across from that if you are so inclined) and see the skaters. Very nice.