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Mar 2, 2013 02:09 PM

Need help! places near time square

Hey guys
Currently this post will be very random. we are making our 1st trip to NYC in September. Arriving Thursday the 19th leaving Sunday the 22nd. I need ideas ( i say random since i am not currently as organized as to knowing what/where we will do yet)
I would like ideas on bagels, pizzas, italian ice, hot dogs, coffee, cupcakes, candy. also maybe somewhere nice for a dinner (possible place i can make reservations)
We are a family of four, 2 kids will be 12 and 13. dont really have a set pp but thinking around 200 meal. Currently i have 3 hotel rooms booked (they all call themselves timesquare locations ) Marriott Marquis on Broadway, Hilton on 42nd, and Holiday Inn Express on 39th,
we will be walking/taxi/subway - and doing "touristy" adventures: central park, empire state building, museum modern art, museum natural history , etc - so maybe few suggestions near these attractions.
Thanks for any help. I know my post isnt very organized. It will be.

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  1. You are planning pretty far in advance. Things change all the time here, restaurants open and close frequently... Also most places don't accept reservations more than 1 month in advance.

    Times Square with kids:

    For pizza, I love Motorino, which is wood fired and more Naples style. A bit on the gourmet side, check out their brussels sprouts pizza, for instance. Don Antonio, which is also Naples style, also gets a lot of accolades. Whole pies only.

    For a NY gas oven style/slice joint, try Joe's in the West Village or South Brooklyn Pizza in the East Village. Strictly counter/take out.

    For a coal oven style pizza, John's of Bleecker (not the Times Square one). Whole pies only. There's usually a line. Get a minimum number of toppings. And order it well done. Patsy's in East Harlem is also good but a little out of your way if you're doing touristy stuff and staying in Times Square.

    Don't forget to check out a bunch of "Only in NY" type foods: bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, pizza, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal carts.

    Russ & Daughters (takeout, busy on weekends), Katz's Deli (from When Harry Met Sally), Papaya King etc. (not gourmet but iconic), William Greenberg's black and whites, Junior's cheesecake, egg creams from Gem Spa or Ray's, Pickle Guys, the Halal Guys (53rd and 6th after sunset), are all iconic sorts of places.

    If you're interested in some of the places I listed above, you could do a LES food crawl.

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:

    Some common tourist inquiries:

    Near MoMA:

    Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and Whitney and Guggenheim, ish):

    Near the American Museum of Natural History:

    Near Macy's/Herald Square:


    5th Avenue shopping:


    Notable food trucks/carts:

    Prix fixe lunch deals:

    Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
    It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.

    Best bagels in NYC:
    Summary: the freshest bagels are the best; bagels don't age well at all. Focus on the smoked salmon instead. Preferably at Russ & Daughters! Featured in shows such as No Reservations and Louie!

    I'm fond of red onion, capers, regular cream cheese, and tomato on mine. Try a few smoked salmons before you settle on one, they're surprisingly different (and lox is not the same as smoked salmon, because lox is salmon cured in salt brine, and most people actually prefer the more modern, Nova-style smoked salmon). You can get a mini-sized bagel sandwich at Russ & Daughters, too, if you wish. Takeout only.

    1. New York isn't really known for Italian ices, though there used to be a lot of pushcarts selling them on the street.

      I'm thinking about the nice place for dinner. $200/4 people works out to $50/person, which is a mid-priced dinner in this town - especially so if you're including tax and tip in that amount. Any cuisines you're particularly interested in for the dinner?

      5 Replies
      1. re: Pan

        The best Italian ices I've ever had was in New York. Actually in Brooklyn on Atlantic Ave. and they only had Lemon Ice. The ice blocks of shaved ice which you can get on Ludlow St is not the Italian Ices I'm talking about. The blocks on the carts with the syrup was more of a hispanic ice. Now Sicilian Granita , is the "real " italian ice, using real fruit flavor not syrups. However, in this country for the last, probably 100 years, Italians serve all sorts of Italian Ices. Most often in pizza shops. I think the OP was referring for this type of Italian ices and NYC is famous for it. The best was on Atlantic Ave called Willy's but he is no longer there and he used real lemon to flavor his ice. Corona Ice King in queens has good ices. Ralph's is not that good , it's to creamy.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Well, yeah, New York used to be known for Italian ices, but nowadays, I'm guessing it's more in the "Outer Boroughs," and I don't know where I'd look for it. Is granita of exclusively Sicilian origin? I didn't know that. I know it's really popular in Florence and Rome.

          Also, the carts now are Hispano-Caribbean, but I remember carts serving Italian ices back in the late 60s and early 70s, if my memory isn't playing tricks on me.

          1. re: Pan

            I regularly see italian ices in the summer at Italian bakeries in BK/BX. Haven't seen them in Manhattan in quite a while. Maybe DeRobertis has them? Rocco's on Bleecker st may also have them in summer, but I'm not 100% sure.
            Ferarra in Little Italy seems only to have Gelato these days.

            1. re: iluvcookies

              Rocco's does indeed have an Italian ice cart out front in the summer.

            2. re: Pan

              Yep, there used to be many carts with Italian Ices. Granita I.m pretty sure originated in Sicily. The granita in Sicily is better than any I've had elsewhere. As far as Italian ices, iluvcookies, mentioned the Italian bakeries that I know ,that have ices in the summer. They also have gelato. Pizza places usually have cheaper versions that aren't as good, I think made by Roma.

        2. These are 3 restaurants I like within a 15 minute walk of Times Square, where a family of 4 could eat for less than $200. :
          Toloache (Mexican), Don Antonio (pizza) and Benoit (French bistro). All 3 take online reservations through .