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.
'Margon' on Serious Eats
The Media Noche at Margon is similar to their Cuban sandwich, only on a sweet potato bread, something like a Cuban brioche. And it's only four bucks!
At Margon in Midtown, it's the Cuban sandwich and the daily specials that the lunch crowds line up for, but if you're in the mood for pure meat, don't overlook the Pernil—a pile of salty, fatty, crispy roast pork on that same Cuban bread. It's the kind of sandwich that demands a bottle or two of water to chase, but for salt fiends, it's one hell of a lunch.
A six-dollar sandwich stuffed with three meats, juicy roasted pork plus ham and salami, fusing with Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, garlic, and thick slices of pickles in a beautiful rainbow of meaty, salty, creamy and sweet, hugged by classic barely-crusty Cuban bread.
Craving the unattainable As a newly minted Williams College graduate I will work for food—or preferably, a full-time salary with health insurance. Making it in the city is hard enough and a meal at Per Se would be a dream,...