MIDTOWN

Sushi Yasuda

So expensive but SO amazing.

Phoenix Garden

Incredibly good Chinese food tucked into a nondescript Midtown street. The peking duck is delish.

El Parador

A sort-of hysterical, dated place but with Tex-Mex food done right with strong, excellent margaritas.

Soba Nippon

There is a dearth of good restaurants in Midtown, so we’re grateful for Soba Nippon, which was one of the first Japanese places in NYC. The Oroshi soba lunch: cold soba noodles with grated yam and a refreshing dipping sauce always hits the spot.

Yakitorri Totto

One of our favorite Midtown lunch spots. Go up the flight of stairs and find yourself in a small restaurant where, for less than twelve bucks, you can have a delicious bowl of rice with pickles and a poached egg and skewers of chicken thigh, eel, short rib or salmon with a pile of ikura.

Wonjo

Korean barbeque where they use real charcoal which is great.

Hangawi

You take off your shoes here for the yummy Korean vegetarian food at reasonable prices.

Don’s Bogam

Great Korean barbeque, especially the pork belly!

BBNY

Such a fun place to go with a group for pitchers of beer and piles of Korean fried chicken.

The Breslin

April Bloomfield’s ever-popular spot in the ever-hip Ace Hotel, we love coming here at not-too-popular times like breakfast and a late lunch in the afternoon. Quite possibly the best caesar salad in Manhattan. Go next door to the John Dory too for raw oysters or an oyster pan-roast. And Parker House rolls!

The Burger Joint

Inside the Parker Meridian Hotel, a super, super informal burger place with great, cheap burgers. Thin patties, soft buns, an In-and-Out kinda burger.

Keens

The steakhouse of steakhouses. You have to try the mutton chop with mint jelly.

Kalustyan’s

Not only is this the best store in the world when it comes to buying spices, any kind of rice or hot sauce you can imagine, homemade hummus and samosas and Middle Eastern pastries and jars of honey and slices of halavah and tea and and and…it’s also got a great little lunch counter upstairs.

Saravanna Bhavan

Delicious, vegetarian food from South India featuring dosas that stretch over the table.

Momokawa

Recommended by our friend Mike, this super authentic Japanese place serves some of the best shabu shabu in the city albeit in a slightly rando location.

Chopsticks

Our favorite midtown bar conveniently located in K-Town which makes it perfect for a drink between barbeque and karaoke.

The bar at La Bernadin

Eric Ripert’s legendary French restaurant has earned practically every accolade out there. But the a la carte menu in the bar section is less talked about but the food remains exceptional.

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