Nothing works up an appetite like traveling or long commutes, and Grand Central Terminal's cornucopia of quick-service eateries means you're never at a loss for choice. But where should you go for an actually good cup of coffee or a lunch more satisfying than a limp $12 sandwich?
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a can't-miss destination for many New York visitors. But a day at the Met requires serious fuel. Wandering between the grand halls, rooftop sculpture displays, and room upon room (upon photography exhibit, upon gallery), hours tend to disappear quickly. So before you venture into the belly of the beast, or once you get back out to the steps, here's where to eat.
For anyone who cares about food, a lunch or dinner hour spent in Grand Central Station can provoke anxiety, particularly if you're unfamiliar with the city. You might find yourself asking, "How do I avoid the tourist traps?" "Should I venture outside the terminal?" "Where should I go for a solid, quick slice of pizza?" "Can I get a world-class dinner without hopping a cab?" We'll answer all these questions (map included!).
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.
Although the extended neighborhood around Penn Station is hard to define (walk a few blocks, and you're in... Chelsea? is it the Garment District? is it Midtown West?), it's a place you're likely to end up at some point. It's also not the best food neighborhood in the city. But between the chain restaurants and scuzzy-looking bars, there are good eats to be found. Here are some of our favorite places to grab a bite after your trek in from Long Island, or where you can get your last taste of New York before heading up to Boston for the weekend.
When it comes to the Bronx, everyone talks about Arthur Avenue. But few know that there are some tasty options for munching near the Bronx Zoo—aside from the standard, often underwhelming Italian-American sit-downs over in Fordham-Belmont. From roti in Allerton to Albanian burek on Arthur Avenue and Yemeni food in Van Nest, there are plenty of interesting options. So if you're heading up to the Bronx to hang with the gorillas and the giraffes this summer, make sure to check out our guide to what's worth eating close by first.
As the summer approaches, we're taking a trip around some of New York's most heavily visited destinations. Up next? The Museum of Natural History. If you're headed up for a planetarium show or a little dinosaur lookin', make sure you know where to eat after all that museum walking wears you out. (If you're touring the Upper West Side or wandering the western part of Central Park, this is a great resource for you, too.)
Of all the questions visitors to New York have ever posed to me, "Where do I have dinner in the Theater District?" has to be the most common. The theater-dense stretch of Midtown, between 42nd and 54th Streets on the west side of Manhattan, puts you near the lights and sounds of Times Square and the dozens of chain restaurants that reside in it—but better restaurants are a little hard to find. Still, there are plenty of good eats even in this part of town; here's our guide.
Since it first opened in June of 2009, the High Line has become a Manhattan destination. The miles-long park, built on elevated train tracks long out of use, stretches from Gansevoort Street north to 20th Street, with a second section to 30th Street opening by June. While the High Line extends through several Manhattan neighborhoods, dining options this far west in the city can be a bit limited; we've rounded up some of our favorite eats for a grab-and-go picnic, a quick coffee before a long walk, or a sit-down dinner after.
When you're wandering around tourist-trafficked areas, it can be hard to find a place other than TGI Friday's or the roasted nut guy on the corner to stop and eat. Here's our guide to good eats around Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.