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Jan 13, 2014 09:48 AM

Need dinner rec's for dinner before heading to JFK?

Have a meeting downtown and want to grab dinner with my son who works downtown but want to be accessible to JFK shuttle back to Boston....thinking Eastside making it closer to rte 495 ?

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  1. When you say downtown do you mean Wall St/Financial District or do you simply mean below 14th Street?

    Where are you planning to be and where is your son working? Do you have intersections / addresses to help us?

    I don't understand what you mean by "JFK shuttle back to Boston." Do you mean you're taking a shuttle van / bus to the airport (as opposed to a cab or the subway)? What's your timing? I ask only because if yes then you'll probably want to be near one of the designated pickup points like Grand Central if you're using a service like

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    1. re: kathryn meeting is at MS and my son works at AIG

      1. re: Terriwth4

        Do you have the intersection/cross streets for those?

        What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks (aka food only)? When is this dinner?

        1. re: kathryn

          Budgets open....just looking for a good food experience.
          We both enjoy a good bourbon followed by a good red wine.
          As far as intersection just looking to be a convenient ride away from JFK when we are finished to catch am 11pm flight!

          1. re: Terriwth4

            Keens, Blue Smoke, Maysville, Flatiron Room, Hill Country all have good bourbon lists.

            1. re: kathryn

              Thank you Kathryn....I have benefitted from your sage advice before.....I'll report back!

              1. re: Terriwth4

                Avoid the Capital Grill on Wall Street by the way. Turns into a madhouse (especially Friday). Keen's is the gold standard of scotch in NYC (also mutton, if you like that). Blue Smoke I personally think is overrated. Another option in a similar vein is Craft in Flatiron, they have some nice big bottles of beer to split along with small-batch bourbons. That will be closer to the tunnel for you.

                1. re: eastofthemississippi

                  Love Craft.....but you can't be spontaneous there unless you want to eat at 5:30 or 10pm.... But agree its a good option for a planned visit!

        2. re: Terriwth4

          Also I can't resist what is this 2007. Please forgive me, I did my best to be helpful in my previous post.

        3. re: kathryn

          I'm flying back to Boston so will take a cab to the airport....sorry to be vague.

          1. If you are taking a cab, downtown or midtown won't make that much of a difference getting to JFK. Lot easier to take shuttle from LGA to BOS especially if you take Delta.

            Downtown area around Pine St isn't the best for dining options. Maybe head over to Battery Park and go to North End Grill or go over to Tribeca. What kind of food are you looking for?

            ETA: Keep an eye on the time as the traffic to JFK can be awful in the later afternoon/early evening.

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            1. re: Bkeats

              We aren't looking to stay downtown necessarily. Just enjoy good food and a nice bourbon list!

              1. re: Terriwth4

                Not downtown, but on the east side is Keen's steakhouse- large selection of burbons and they may still do burbon tasting flights.
                Recent thread here:

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Ooohhh....thank you.....will check out!

              2. re: Bkeats

                If you are taking a cab, downtown or midtown won't make that much of a difference getting to JFK

                Not so sure about that. I think it is significantly easier to get out of downtown to JFK than it is midtown, esp. if you're talking late afternoon/early evening.

                I've sat in Midtown traffic for a good 1/2 hour just get from Columbus Circle to Lexington.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  And I've sat in traffic on the BQE after getting out of downtown for 2 hours trying to get to the LIE exit and also crawled down the Belt going the other way. Used to work downtown and I recall one 2 1/2 hour ride to JFK. Missed my flight and unfortunately there wasn't another that night to Lisbon. I know you're a frequent visitor but I've probably had multiple times the number of trips to JFK, LGA and EWR than the average traveler and I stand by my statement (e.g. 4 times to JFK in the last 3 weeks). FWIW according to google maps, the time difference between Times Square and WTC to JFK is 6 minutes. I would say that's not much of a difference.

                  Next time, walk from Columbus Circle to Lex. The exercise will help burn off all those calories from the juice. ;)

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Fair enough.

                    Those 2.5 hour rides to JFK is the reason I always fly in/out of EWR.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Ho boy. You just brought back a memory of the worst trip ever to an airport. Downtown to EWR. Took 5 hours. Why? Well it was winter, there was an ice storm, just after getting past the Holland tunnel where the highway splits and you have to go to the right to go to the airport, the road turned into a massive sheet of ice. Literally moments before the car I was in got there, there was a massive pile up. I could see the wreck happen. Road was closed so there I sat for hours waiting for the wreck to be cleared and then spreaders to come and make the road passable. One of the worst travel days ever.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        Sadly, I think you and I could trade "getting to airport" stories with both some hindsight humor and foresight advice -- over and over again.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    The OP has an 11pm flight out of JFK. He and his son can grab dinner anywhere in the city -- downtown, midtown, uptown -- and as long as he's in a cab around 9pm (even a little later will work fine), he'll have no problem making his flight. I've taken that flight many times; at that hour, it's a quick ride out to JFK, and short lines at the terminal.

                    1. re: Blumie

                      Flights at 11pm...usually out if here earlier....agree if I grab a cab btw 9-9:30 should be fine
                      But good to know for future trips

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                  1. This doesn't exactly answer your question, but if I were you , and I wanted to be sure I got to JFK on time and also wanted a good dinner, I would go to Queens to Don Peppe's , about 5 minutes from JFK , right off the Belt Parkway on Lefferts Blvd. The best baked clams in the city and great pasta.The place is the first family style Italian/American restaurant in NYC. Definitely the move to make.
                    Edit: I just read further, it would have been easier if you had a car, but cabbing is easy. Also, this is the Manhattan board, but it just makes sense to me to eat right by the airport in a memorable place like Don Pep