I am travelling with six other people to NYC next week. We will be there from early Wed morning until late Sat night. We are staying at the Holiday Inn at 440 West 57th Street (SW corner of central park-ish).
We are going as tourists, so we will be seeing all the normal sights, such as MOMA, museum of natural history, chinatown, statue of liberty, Broadway (Lion King) on the Wed night, etc.
I am taking care of finding some restaurants. Most meals will probably be quick, since most of my fellow travellers are not foodies and thus food is not the most important part of their trip. I suspect that $50/person might even blow some of their minds on a nice meal night.
I have done some looking around and have come up with the following places that seem like a good blend of quality and value:
In Chinatown, I found:
Great NY Noodle Town
For a wine bar, I found:
Aroma Kitchen and Winebar - I noticed on their website it says select 4 wines by the glass for $20. Has anyone been there and gotten this deal?
Also, not really a wine bar, but I saw some people discussing A Cafe on here the other day, and with no uncorking fee, seems like it could be good to try.
For some quick take out stuff, I wanted to try:
Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery
I also have Les Halles (I'm a Bourdain fan), Szechuan Gourmet, and Burp Castle on my list of places that might be good to check out.
I was wondering if you guys had anything you could add to this list. As I said, we will be seeing many of the touristy places, so anything in the vicinity of those is great.
I am especially looking for:
Jazz club with good food/drinks
Nice meal for after/before Lion King (probably under $50/person with tip and tax)
Additional quick take out/ street food recommendations
Any good coffee/bakery (very quick) type spots close to the hotel
Lastly, for most of the Friday I will be flying solo, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try some nicer food. I have no ideas for this, and it might be a bit awkward going solo, but if you were by yourself in NYC on a Friday afternoon/evening, what food would you eat? (I've never had any legit french food, so I was thinking possibly something along those lines)
Thanks a lot!
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