Terminal 5 has some great music, but its location on 11th Avenue and 56th Street, seemingly closer to New Jersey than the rest of Manhattan, means plenty of aggravation when looking for a decent bite nearby. But there are some good places to eat in the area; here's where you should go.
Midtown West, Manhattan
Like the chupacabra, the perfect goat sandwich remains elusive, but if you're looking for a taste of the stuff in midtown, now you know where to go.
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery debuts their MallowMore. See if it lives up to the standard of the original.
In the land of the steam table deli, The Picnic Basket proudly focuses on fresh, healthy food. Their sandwiches, largely updated deli classics, are a worthwhile option for a lunch around Harold Square.
When you see Bouchon Bakery's Peanut Butter Cream Puff ($6) in the pastry case and read the descriptive name tag, you might assume, as I did, that it's just a basic cream puff. Pâte à choux, pastry cream, you know the drill. But it turns out there's much more to it—four distinct layers that may surprise you.
Uncle Jack's Steakhouse has three bustling locations in New York—two in Manhattan and the original location in Bayside, Queens. As is befitting of a true New York steakhouse, each location dry ages its own beef, and in that tradition Uncle Jack's has a purchaser that still heads down to the Meatpacking District at an ungodly hour to personally select the restaurants' beef.
Coffee and Danish lovers rejoice. Paris Baguette has you covered with their new all-in-one Coffee-Danish ($2.50). The lightly sweetened pastry combines an almond flour dough and a thick coffee coating.
Finding a good deli in Midtown is notoriously difficult. Could Park Italian Gourmet, with its Little Italy charm and no-frills decor, make sandwiches better than the ubiquitous steam table joint competition?
Ayvalık Tost is a popular Turkish sandwich, named for the Aegean resort town, containing some variation of sausage, more sausage, cheese, tomato, pickle, and Ayvalık bread. Luckily, if you ever feel such a craving locally, there's a place in Midtown that can help you out.
Technical skills combined with a light-hearted design from this three Michelin-starred Le Bernardin dessert.
The real determining factor of whether or not a cookie establishment is worth a visit is if they can bake up an impressive chocolate chip cookie. Schmackary's succeeds and then some.
While a ribeye or New York strip fit well on more delicate menu's, the new midtown location of Butter, chef Alex Guarnaschelli's restaurant, needed something greater—a much larger steak with almost the entire rib bone attached.
This dessert is really a cross between a verrine (parfait) and a fruit tart. Two layers of green tea sponge cake are surrounded by a delicious green tea pastry cream with just a hint of sweetness.
Circo, the younger offshoot of Le Cirque, serves a ribeye made with beef "beyond prime grade."
Up until a few days ago I had no idea that Don Antonio serves sandwiches for lunch, but they do. Five of them under their panini section, ranging from $9 to $10. Sandwich is a bit of a misnomer, however. Sure, there's bread and stuff in between it so it technically qualifies, but the bread starts out as raw dough wrapped free-form around fillings that then get baked in their wood burning oven.
Whether you're shopping, checking out the Christmas tree, surveying 30 Rock like Jack Donaghy, or just exploring the area, here's our updated guide to good eats around Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.
Something between pumpkin pie and cheesecake with the texture of a mousse, this "cloud cake" earns its name.
Lunch near Penn Station doesn't have to be as bad as you think.
By my estimation, Ninth Avenue is home to a couple dozen Thai restaurants between 55th and 30th Streets. And with an exception or two, they're all pretty crummy. But with the arrival of Larb Ubol that might be changing.