(Closed) NYC Bees, help with choosing a restaurant!

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
1899 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Simba-Leigh:  I would stick to midtown west if you are being dropped in times square unless you want to travel by subway! What type of restaurant are you looking for? I’ve been to several options on the list but none of them scream fancy dinner, most are more casual. 

Post # 5
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Simba-Leigh:  Agreed on sticking to Midtown West. The only restaurant on that list I’ve eaten at is Havana Central, the cuban place, which has a fun atmosphere and good food.

If you don’t want to do that, I’d stick with things that are on 9th Ave. That’s Hell’s Kitchen and, in general, has better food for the price than Times Square proper. (And it’s only two avenues away from Times Square so easy to get to.)

Have fun!

Post # 6
1899 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Simba-Leigh:  If you want trendy, check out HK Restaurant. The food is good, the prices are reasonable and it’s always busy – a good sign in Manhattan. I’ve only eaten there for brunch, but it was delicious. Plus, it’s a little cheaper than you asked for so plenty of room for appetizers and dessert so you can really splurge. I definitely recommend making a reservation if you are going at prime dinner time which is usually from 6-9.


I’d recommend that or one of the Steak Houses on the list. 

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you like Chinese, check out the Grand Sichuan on W 46th.  Not super-fancy, but really good food, and for a decent price.

368 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 969-9001


Post # 8
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hell’s Kitchen has lots of good spots (it got it’s name because so many chefs and restaurant workers lived there).  As a general rule, avoid anywhere frequently by tourists.  So no Times Square, and no Little Italy (which is the only place in Manhattan that you can get truly awful Italian food).  Not only is the tourist stuff waaaaay overpriced, but because there are so many tourists, they don’t have to actually serve good food and develop a base of regulars.  Astoria, Queens is good for Greek food.  Chinatown is good for Chinese (duh :), and has enough Chinese locals that they have to be good (look for places with Chinese patrons, and for something fun and different, get some dim sum on a weekend morning- there’s a place in Chatham square we go to a lot, and we are frequently the only non-Chinese people; I took my sister and her friends when they were in town and they got a big kick out of it).  The real Little Italy in NYC is in the Bronx, on Arthur Ave.  Madonia Bros. has the most amazing canollis.  I didn’t even know I liked canollis until I had theirs πŸ™‚

Post # 9
589 posts
Busy bee

I would have to also say what ever you do, don’t go to any place in the immediate Times Square area.  No good can come of it.  Perhaps Shake Shack can be the only exception (8th Ave and 44th st), although I have not personally eaten there.  I have however frequented the Madison Square Park actual “shack” location (yum!).  And this place would be good stuff on a budget πŸ™‚

Tons of restaurants however on 9th and 10th Ave that are excellent.  Pam’s Real Thai on 49th and 9th is pretty good.  Somewhat authentic Thai food without having to go to Queens. Not too expensive. I’m an absolute nut over Ethopian food so if you feel adventurous one of my favorite is Meskerem on 47th street and 10th ave.

One of my favorite Sushi place is Japonica on University place.  Can be a little pricy but very good.  There are several very very authentic Japanese places on 9th street between 2nd and 3rd Ave if you want to try them  I have been to Robataya which was excellent.

Of course there is also Sushi Samba on Park Ave between 19th and 20th street.  Famous and yummy BUT expensive.  Next door to it is L’express which is a 24 hour French Place.  Prices there are pretty reasonable and I love the Steak Tartare (their cooked food is pretty good too).

Also for inexpensive (and good) Lobster rolls, try Luke’s Lobster on 7th street and 1st Ave. 

You can also check out the reviews for these places ahead of time on Yelp. I think most are also Zagat rated.  Most have a website so you can check out their menu and prices ahead of time.  Good luck and have fun in the city!

Post # 10
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Go to Ember Room!!!!!  It is absolutely delicious gourmet Thai – fancier than a lot of places on 9th Ave, and soooooo good.  It is helmed by Chef Kittichai (Iron Chef), and there are a lot of creative options.  Great spot – my husband and I went there for our engage-a-versary dinner πŸ™‚


Post # 11
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here are my list of great places to eat in NYC:

Halal Cart6th Ave & W 53rd StNew York, NY 10019Neighborhoods: Midtown West, Theater District

Ippudo-NY65 4th Ave(between 9th St & 10th St) New York, NY 10003Neighborhood: East Village

Onya143 E 47th St(between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave) New York, NY 10017Neighborhood: Midtown East

The Meatball Shop84 Stanton St(between Allen St & Orchard St) New York, NY 10002Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Grimaldi’s or Lombardi’s (Both are NY style pizza)

Grimaldi’s is in Brooklyn1 Front St(between Dock St & York St) Brooklyn, NY 11201

Lombardi’s32 Spring St(between Mott St & Mulberry St) New York, NY 10012Neighborhood: Nolita

Village Yokocho8 Stuyvesant St(between 3rd Ave & 10th St) New York, NY 10003Neighborhood: East Village

Kat’z Deli205 E Houston St(between Avenue A & Essex St) New York, NY 10002Neighborhood: Lower East Side”Houston” is pronounced “HOW-stun” in NY, not “HU-stun”  when you’re giving directions to Taxi Cabs

Xi-An Famous Foods81 St Marks Pl(between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave) New York, NY 10003Neighborhood: East Village

Totto Ramen:366 W 52nd St(between 9th Ave & 8th Ave) New York, NY 10019Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District

Rice to Riches (Rice pudding dessert)37 Spring St(between Mott St & Mulberry St) New York, NY 10012Neighborhood: Nolita

Post # 13
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Les Halles is Anthony Bourdain’s steakhouse. SO FREAKING GOOD. SO GOOD. I would also have to recommend Ippudo, Max Brenners, Stand4, Shake Shack. om nom nomm.

Post # 15
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Simba-Leigh:  Thai food is similar in the fact that a lot of it is meat and sauce with rice, but the flavors are different.  A lot of thai food has the sweet and savory flavor combination – things like peanut sauce or coconut milk based curries.  If you’ve never had it before, I highly recommend it!  If you use your restaurant.com GC somewhere else, Room Service on 49th & 9th Ave is another great thai place – gorgeous, and very affordable. They have a $6.95 lunch special!  I recommend their pad kee mao and penang curry, and you have to get their spring rolls!  So yummy!  Def try Thai food while you are here πŸ™‚

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