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midtown/times square survival guide (incl hell's kitchen)

david kaplan | Dec 8, 201306:31 AM

I live in San Francisco and regularly come to New York for work, usually staying in the 40's between 6th and 7th. My trips are rushed, and I rarely have the time to venture far for food, but I've come to love eating in Midtown. (When I do have time to venture far, I go downtown to Yopparai, Kuma Inn, Spicy Village, Jeepney, or Russ & Daughters.)

I'm usually eating alone and on a modest expense account -- I rarely eat anywhere that I wouldn't go back to on my own dime. Here are my favorites, and then my request for more suggestions:

* Blue Bottle, Rockefeller Center -- best early morning espresso I've found in Midtown

* Bouchon Bakery, Rockefeller Center -- good savory breakfast items to go

* Xi'an Famous Foods, 45th -- my happiest day was when I discovered they opened in Midtown and I no longer had to find a way to get to the East Village on my work trips

* Wu Liang Ye, 48th (?) -- my favorite Sichuan in Midtown, though I'm happy to be pointed elsewhere

* Ma Peche, 56th -- my favorite ramen in Midtown, especially when they have lamb or duck broth

* Danji, 51st (52nd?) -- modern Korean

* Pure Thai, 9th & 51st -- my favorite of the Hell's Kitchen Thai places, though I haven't tried Larb Ubol yet

What else should I add to my regular rotation? I'd like to find:
* heartier savory breakfast options, like a great egg sandwich
* an upscale salad bar / buffet place like City Bakery
* modestly price lunchtime sushi or bentos to go
* chicken wings, any style
* other top-notch but informal regional Chinese or Southeast Asian places


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