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NH chowhound Q's: best deli for out of towners, dosa (and chow-worthy) near Times Square?

We're taking a totally touristy trip from NH with our 5-year-old, staying near Times Square, and going to see Annie (her first trip to the city). But we still like good food.

- Impossible question first: any good-ish restaurants near Times Square?
- What's the best deli to visit as a tourist, to deliver that stereotypical experience but with good food? Katz's or Carnegie, or something else?
- Would love to get an authentic dosa - best options near Times Square?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. See Cheeryvisage's Times Square list here:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

    Re: deli
    Depends what you plan to order. Katz's is known for pastrami on rye, other items can be hit or miss, for example.

    For a dosa, go to "Curry Hill," it is not that far from Times Square.
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/0...

    1. re: Deli

      I say avoid Carnegie.

      As Kathryn noted, Katz's is known for its pastrami, and if you've never had it, it's worth the trip. I've heard some people claim that their corned beef is good, but I'm not aware if there is a general consensus on this.

      For a more well rounded classic NYC deli, try Barney Greengrass.

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      1. re: von_levi

        Barney Greengrass is hardly well rounded, it is to smoked fish what Katz's is to pastrami. (the best).. but it is as narrowly focused in "dairy" as Katz's is for meat. (they sell meat, but no one talks about it)Katz's is worth the trip downtown, but if you cannot make it downtown... go to Sarge's(3rd Ave/36th St)

        It turns out that while Times Sq generally sucks, 9th Ave is close by and Hell's Kitchen does have good ethnic eats

      2. Try Minar on 46th & 6th for an authentic dosa. It's a hole in the wall but serves good food. For something a bit more upscale try Saravaanas.

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        1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

          Saravaanas is an excellent recommendation for dosas. It's a very quick subway ride uptown if you take the IRT. As far as the deli is concerned, I know I am in the minority on CH, but I really enjoy Carnegie. Yes, there are plenty of people who will tell you the rich pastrami at Katz's is worth the trip, but I am perfectly content with a mountainous Ruben from Carnegie.

        2. Kattz's. Hand's down, great hot dog's as well. Worth it for the historical aspect as well"

          "Send a salami to your boy in the Army"

          Around Times Square Churrascaria Plataforma is good. I've never went to the one in TS but the one downtown is great. Also, a fun place to go is Ruby Foo's in TS area.

          1. If you want to keep it good and simple take a walk over to Murray Hill if weather permits and eat at Sarge's deli. If your child likes to walk it's not too far. Otherwise take the shuttle (subway).
            We like Katz's better if you don't mind heading down to the LES. If you go for lunch take a walk over to The Hwa Mei Bird Garden. It's a secret NYC gem. Your 5 year old will love it.
            Thumbs down on Carnegie deli. The bloom is off the rose.
            On Lexington below 33 St is Curry Hill. More Indian restaurants than you can shake a dosa at!

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            1. re: Motosport

              What garden? Is it a garden or/and a place to eat poultry?

              1. re: Pan

                Hwa Mei Bird Garden Google it!! It is not food related but something the young kids will enjoy seeing.