Wasabi, a by-the-piece sushi shop, is the latest fast food import to hit Times Square.
Times Square, Manhattan
Japanese import Ootoya specializes in teishoku, set meals of meat or fish with sides like rice and steamed egg custards, but you need to start your meal somewhere, and the Homemade Tofu Salad with Special Bonito Flakes ($12) is a fine way to do so.
Paul Denamiel, chef and owner of Le Rivage, offers a dry aged steak special for two on Monday nights for a very attractive price: $99 for two 18 oz. New York strips.
Sure, you can have sushi or ramen at Ootoya, the large Japanese chain that recently sprouted its second US branch between Bryant Park and Times Square, but that would be missing the point. New York already has more than its share of single-minded specialists and Ootoya excels at less common teishoku, set meals with miso soup, rice, pickles, and egg custard, plus dish-specific sides, all presented in eye-pleasing ceramic and lacquerware.
This new branch of the Dutch-based Chinese fast food chain offers stir fried rice and noodles that are fresher than the steam table competition, but it's not exactly a destination.
Two years ago we shared our picks for where to eat near Times Square, the focal point of New York's tourist economy and home to many a chain mega-restaurant. But amid the mammoth TGI Friday's and Guy Fieri's 500-seat restaurant, you'll find plenty of quality places for a quick bite, a casual lunch, or a full sit-down meal. This guide covers the picks from our original guide, plus our new favorite spots we've encountered since July 2011.
This fried chicken sandwich with pickles and mayo may remind you of one that's been in the news of late, but it's a pretty tasty lunch in its own right.
The concept of this premiere U.S. outpost of a Korean chain isn't unfamiliar: the emphasis on coffee drinks and customers parked with laptops feels Starbucks-y; the pick-your-own pastries in the front wouldn't be out of place in Au Bon Pain; and the refrigerated case of salads, sandwiches and wraps is reminiscent of Pret a Manger. The Korean influence is not particularly obvious.
We're itching to spend a lazy afternoon in our favorite parks—ideally with a nosh from somewhere nearby. Here are some of our favorite portable bites for impromptu picnics in the New York parks we love.
Few things could ever persuade me to venture through the crowds of Times Square, but when a friend told me of a cocktail at the newly opened Qi Bangkok Eatery named "Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit" (pictured), I couldn't help myself.
Lunch in Midtown is a challenge in so many ways—time is limited, good eats may be scarce, and service is by necessity rushed and harried. While lunch at Pongsri Thai Restaurant on West 48th Street is not exactly a relaxing experience, the restaurant's wonderful food and attentive service make it, against all odds, a delightful place to go have a family lunch.
Times Square is probably one of the single most frequented sites in New York among tourists. Visitors from far and wide flock to be at "The Crossroads of the World," or just to purchase discounted theater tickets at the TKTS booth. While there are plenty of chain restaurants, convenient for eating on the run as you try to catch up to your tour group, there are also numerous independent restaurants better for a good sandwich, a quick meal, or a nicer dinner. Here are some of our suggestions.
As many times as I'm asked where to eat a pre-theater dinner that won't cost a fortune, a good answer often eludes me. The holy grail is a comfortable, neighborhood-y restaurant that's not egregiously overpriced or, even if deservedly pricey, won't empty your wallet; not cramped or tacky, with a menu broad enough to please anyone but interesting enough to please those looking for something exciting from their one city meal. And while Elsewhere, the new restaurant from the folks behind excellent Hell's Kitchen wine-and-cheese bar Casellula, isn't perfect, it's more than good enough to become my new recommendation.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] I wanted to, but just couldn't love cupcakes from Tribeca Treats. Above is the Cookies & Cream Cupcake ($2), one out of many cupcake options. A perfectly decent chocolate cake base, moist, but flat and...
Schnipper's Quality Kitchen is first and foremost a focused concept. It's a restaurant, it's an eatery, it's a burger joint, it's a comfort food emporium. It's all of the above, but most of all it's a concept.
I don't know about other folks, but I loved seeing Frank Bruni's review of Szechuan Gourmet in the New York Times. It's a restaurant that very much deserves two stars in my eyes. Szechuan Gourmet has been the object of...
I was prepared to bite through the golden batter and find fish cake, but I ended up discovering something far better. Each mini corn dog was filled with a mild melted cheese, that formed a perfect combination with the sweet, wafflelike batter.
Today at 5 p.m., sample bits of food from Times Square restaurants at this annual block party. We recommend bypassing Applebee's and Hard Rock Cafe in favor of Toloache and Chop Suey. Admission is free; you only pay for the...
I've always liked Marco Canora's food. I first had it at the Tuscany Inn, his mother's restaurant-inn on Martha's Vineyard, then at Craft and the first, most delicious incarnation of Craftbar (all hail the chicken meatball soup, the duck panini,...
Yesterday I posted my ten favorite fancy-pants burgers in New York City. They all cost more than ten bucks and aspire to hamburger greatness. They were: 1. Cafe D'Alsace 2. Telepan 3. Union Square Cafe (only available at lunch) 4....