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Sushi By-the-Piece at Wasabi, Times Square's Newest Fast Food Import

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 16 comments

Wasabi, a by-the-piece sushi shop, is the latest fast food import to hit Times Square. More

Ootoya's Homemade Tofu Salad is a Killer Deal for Times Square and the Flatiron

Max Falkowitz 1 comment

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. More

Steakcraft: A Special Deal on Steak au Poivre at Restaurant Row's Le Rivage

Steakcraft Nick Solares 7 comments

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. More

A Homey Take on Japanese at Ootoya, Now in Times Square and the Flatiron

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 4 comments

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. More

Fast Food International: Dutch-Chinese Wok to Walk Comes to Times Square

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 11 comments

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. More

Where to Eat Near Times Square (Our Updated Guide)

Lauren McInnes 12 comments

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. More

We Try Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, Guy Fieri's New Times Square Restaurant

Carey Jones 55 comments

Every restaurant exists in context, of neighborhood and price, of cuisine and competitors. Guy's American Kitchen and Bar—the massive big-box restaurant that Food Network star Guy Fieri opened last week in Times Square? No one expects it to be good, per se. The questions you're answering: would a tourist wandering in after a Broadway show have a better meal than he would elsewhere in the neighborhood? Would a Food Network fan visiting from out of town enjoy her Slammin' Jammin' Chicken Parm? Basically—is Guy's American Kitchen and Bar better than the Cheesecake Factory? More

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Filet Sandwich at Schnipper's Quality Kitchen

A Sandwich a Day Gracie Dulik 3 comments

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. More

Fast Food International: Caffe Bene

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 3 comments

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. More

A Sandwich A Day: Fried Egg Sandwich at Elsewhere

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones Post a comment

Of all the restaurants we've reviewed this year, Elsewhere may not be the best, but it certainly answered the biggest question: "Where do I get brunch/pre-matinee lunch/pre-theater dinner/drinks near Times Square?" More

Bar Eats: Qi Bangkok Eatery

Bar Eats Nancy Huang Post a comment

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. More

Kids Welcome: Pongsri

Kids Welcome Aya Tanaka Post a comment

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. More

Sugar Rush: Passionfruit Pavlova at Elsewhere

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

At Elsewhere, the Passionfruit Pavlova ($6) is served only during lunch and weekend brunch. It features a duo of cheerful meringue boats filled with a tart, creamy passionfruit curd and rounds of a housemade coconut ice cream. More

Where To Eat Near Times Square, NYC

The Serious Eats Team 32 comments

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. More

Fast Food International: Yoshinoya

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 5 comments

Even with a history dating back to 1899, Japan's Yoshinoya serves fast food in the modern sense of the phrase: quickly, cheaply, with less than appetizing results. However, that doesn't put a damper on the Times Square hordes testing the limits of the orange-and-white chain's 82-person-capacity. On a chilly Saturday evening, tourists were jockeying for seats and resorting to sharing plastic booths with strangers as if they were eating dim sum in Chinatown. More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Aureole

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 2 comments

Had the pork been the succulent, melt-in-your-mouth experience I had hoped for, I still think that I would be hard-pressed to recommend Aureole for lunch, when one can get do better for less money. More

Check Out the International Chinese Culinary Competition in Times Square

Chichi Wang Post a comment

[Photographs: Chichi Wang] If you happen to find yourself in Midtown today, it's worth going over to Times Square to check out the 3rd annual International Chinese Culinary Competition, which is being held live in an outdoor arena on... More

We Ate at Pop-Tarts World in Times Square

Carey Jones 59 comments

At Pop-Tarts World, you can eat any number of Pop-Tarts creations. And we're not just talking about toaster pastries—think peanut butter-Pop-Tart sandwiches and Pop-Tarts as sundae toppings, Pop-Tarts as a crumble crust and Pop-Tarts "sushi." We ate our way through the menu. More

Tasting the New Concretes from Theater District Shake Shack

Leah Douglas 12 comments

[Photo: Robyn Lee] In another installment of the continued and delicious saga entitled "Shake Shack Takes New York," this week saw the opening of the new Theater District outpost of our favorite burgers-and-custard joint. We headed over to check... More

Dallas BBQ: Boldly Going Where No Other Food Writer Has Gone Before

Ed Levine 32 comments

Hundreds of people eat at this restaurant every day, and savor every last fried or grilled bite. But nary a food critic or food writer or blogger among them. Until now. The serious eaters hit Dallas BBQ en masse last week, and I for one survived with my palate intact... and my stomach full for a full week afterwards. More

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