Reviews of restaurants and cafes near the United Nations. Excellent choices for lunch and dinner in Midtown East in New York City.

    At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

    by  • September 15, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Masq Restaurant and Lounge

    At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the...

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    A New Cafe, Worthy of Dag’s Plaza

    by  • August 4, 2013 • UN EATS • 2 Comments

    Dag Burger

    Dag Hammarskjold never had it so good — the plaza, that is, and not the late great United Nations secretary-general. After years of putting up with mediocre cafes in one of the city’s most pleasant outdoor spots, a tree-shaded stretch of 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, members of the UN community and...

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    Dee Daa: A Party in Your Mouth

    by  • July 1, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan

    Thai fast food in Midtown: Five words that conjure up soggy stir-fries aging on steam tables or bland fusion fodder. But Dee Daa, a perky place that just opened on East 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, is actually turning out tasty dishes cooked largely to order and pretty much in the spirit...

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    Good to Go: What’s Healthy, What’s Got Taste

    by  • May 7, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Good To Go apple sausage and veggie chili

    When I ordered a cup of “natural veggie chili” at Good to Go Organics the other day, the friendly, aim-to-please counterman told me I would never guess it was vegetarian. “Customers are always asking me if I gave them the beef chili by accident,” he said. “It tastes so meaty.” But that wasn’t the...

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    The UN Cafeteria: Nowhere Else to Go

    by  • April 1, 2013 • UN EATS • 3 Comments

    UN cafeteria delicatessen station

    They say that an army travels on its stomach. If the same is true of international diplomacy, the United Nations is in big trouble. The main UN cafeteria in New York recently sprang back to life as headquarters staff members started returning to the painstakingly renovated landmark Secretariat tower. But it appears the troops...

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    Past Haunts the Present at a Neighborhood Fixture

    by  • January 8, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Alcala Restaurant

    Alcala Restaurant has been dishing out traditional Spanish fare to the United Nations community for decades, and a recent move from East 46th Street to East 44th appears to have done nothing to change it, from the old-fashioned menu to the regulars at the next table. You’ll find the same dishes the last time...

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    Fussing With New Fusion

    by  • December 2, 2012 • UN EATS • 

    Amaze restaurant Midtown NYC

    What are we to think about a place named Amaze Fusion and Lounge? Its Web site says that “Amaze’s atmosphere, which complements and attracts a fashion, music and entertainment clientele, takes you off the busy streets of Manhattan and transcends you to the middle of the Asian culture.” But that doesn’t really seem to...

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    Socarrat, Where the Reigning Star Is Paella

    by  • October 8, 2012 • UN EATS • 

    Paella, the daily special at Socarrat in Midtown Manhattan

    It’s not every day that you want to drop $30 or $40 on lunch. But if you have the time to pamper yourself with a nice relaxed meal, check out the new Socarrat Paella Bar. It looks, feels and tastes more New York than Valencia, but Socarrat, located on Second Avenue just above 50th...

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    At Last, Sandwiches That Taste Divine

    by  • September 4, 2012 • UN EATS • 1 Comment

    Num Pang restaurant NYC

    A life-changing stint in Philadelphia during my formative years left me with an irrepressible yearning for a truly great sandwich, coupled with enormous sadness over the difficulty of finding one. The hoagie of yore — a generously filled, crusty Italian roll doused with olive oil, vinegar and Italian spices and lined with shreds of...

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