First let me say that I am new to chowhound but I have spent about 3 hours poring over the boards and I hope to annoy none of you with rookie mistakes!
So, I live in L.A. and am coming into NYC next week for a few days. I have been there many times, but always to visit friends, so I've mostly eaten at places based on their convenience to whatever else we were up to. Plus, this time we're coming for a conference and are staying at a hotel in what I think might be a much more touristy area than where we usually stay. You'll notice by my exact cross streets in the title that I'm not even sure what this area is called, so I figured I'd be as specific as possible!
What I'd like to find is some tasty, not too expensive (under $50 for two, w/o drinks), not too stuffy places within walking distance for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, etc.! If there are any amazing finds in this area that are a little more expensive, that would be fine. Places that are known for one particular item are cool, too--I'd love to try Pommes Frites or the Doughnut Plant, for example, but I know they're nowhere near where we'll be staying. As far as ethnicity goes, we're pretty open, but we have plenty of delicious sushi and Mexican food here in L.A., so we can skip those. Great pizza and bagel places would be especially welcome as those two are impossible to find in L.A. (with the exception of Pizzeria Mozza which isn't exactly a typical NY pizza place). The only place we have as a definite is Becco which was recommended to us as a pre-theatre meal.
I hope this isn't too long, but I've seen other newcomers get slammed for giving too few details so I thought I would be as specific as possible! Thanks!!