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Oct 22, 2012 06:40 PM

Within Walking Distance of The Kitano

Looking for casual dining for lunch and dinner within walking distance of The Kitano - 66 Park Avenue.


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  1. (That's Park and 38th, btw)

    Ai Fiori

    1. Cafe China is about a block away. Great lunch option.

      Very good bagels at Daniel's, at 37th and Third.
      Have fun.

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      1. Hakubai is right in the Kitano. It is where Sono-san the chef from the Michelin Starred Kyo Ya worked for many years. I would certainly go there.

        1. Madison Bistro (Madison and 27th)
          Rare Burger (Lexington and 37th)
          Smorgas Chef (Park between 37 and 38)

          1. Rossini's just down E38th for good old style red sauce Italian
            On Lexington is:
            Rare @ E 37
            Mapo Tofu and Hunan Manor @ 40 ST
            Below E 34 St on Lexington
            Da Ciro Excellent Italian
            Marcony Excellent Italian
            Penelope for breakfast
            Vezzo for good thin crust pizza
            Don't forget the Grand Central Oyster Bar for oysters and chowder. The rest of the menu is not memorable.
            If you like Jazz the club @ the Kitano is excellent but there are better dinner choices
            L'Express down Park Ave is open 24/7 and has decent food fr a late night snack.

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            1. re: Motosport

              I don't mean to dis your list, but I have a reaction to your remark on L'Expresse. Now, granted this is over 4 years ago, but I found L'Expresse mediocre and aggressively overpriced. So yeah, "decent," but I wouldn't rush back (and haven't).

              1. re: Pan

                When it's 3 AM and you would like a nice lamburger, onion soup, bowl of mussels or espresso and dessert it is an oasis in a sea of mediocre 24/7 diners.
                The same goes for French Roast their sister on the UWS.

                1. re: Motosport

                  OK, I get your point. I would call both places mediocre, but relative to a crappy diner, they're better than that.

                  1. re: Pan

                    It's 3 AM? Where else do you go to get real food? We like L'express because it's close by.
                    We split a salad, lamburger, fries and dessert. K.I.S.S.!!
                    Otherwise, we hit Great NY Noodletown.