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!
Thanks to everyone for your advice & suggestions! Here's the midtown spots our schedule allowed:
- Cafe Edison - an experience, and I'm glad we did it, but...just not great food. Nothing - not bagels, not egg cream, and certainly not eggs - really impressed us.
- John's Pizzeria - Yelper described wait as hell on earth. After that, who could even tell what the pizza tasted like. I think it was good. I'm not sure I cared.
- Ellen's Stardust Diner - okay, yes, pretty darn not great food, but that setting is perfect for a tired 5-year-old and her parents. Something about it made even cynical dad smile.
- Minar - good, not great, indian food. Nice dive-y setting.
For deli, Katz's, and definitely the pastrami. First trip, I ordered corned beef, and my husband had pastrami, and I regretted it until our next trip there 7 years later. After lunch take your daughter to Economy Candy, a couple of blocks away.
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there are any number of good restaurants within a 10 minute walk from time square. what do you mean by "good-ish"? anyhow, I work in the area so if you could be a little more specific I can offer more targeted suggestions. there is a lot of overpriced, mediocre food in the area targeted towards tourists.
If you're looking for ethnic, two places that come to mind are szechuan gourmet, arguably the best szechuan in manhattan (I don't believe it's the best but one could make the argument and it's certainly one of the best) and margon for cuban, morgon is a small, crowded lunch counter with limited seating, an unconventional but great cuban sandwich and other cuban comfort food.
when I worked on the east side, we used to send one of our co-workers in a cab to minar for rava masala dosa once every month or so. haven't been in many years, but it used to be great and overlooked.
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!
Kattz's. Hand's down, great hot dog's as well. Worth it for the historical aspect as well"
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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.
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.
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.
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
See Cheeryvisage's Times Square list here:
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.