A Crozes-Hermitage With That Burger, Please

Second Avenue near the United Nations is not exactly expense-account row, which makes Château 49 something of an anomaly, in more ways than one. There aren’t many spots in this area where you can order two glasses of red wine at high noon without apology, tuck into slow-cooked coq au vin and relax over lunch … Read more A Crozes-Hermitage With That Burger, Please

Craving Ceviche and Other Delights During the UN General Assembly? A NYC Foodie Guide

New Yorkers know full well to avoid East Midtown Manhattan around mid-September. During those few weeks, when the United Nations General Assembly opens its annual session, multiple street blocks go into a major security gridlock in this part of town. Despite the increase in crowds and traffic, the world leaders, diplomats and international policy influencers … Read more Craving Ceviche and Other Delights During the UN General Assembly? A NYC Foodie Guide

The UN Headquarters’ Incredibly Shrinking Dining Choices

Six years ago, hungry staff members at the United Nations’ New York headquarters thought big changes were afoot in the cafeteria, and not a moment too soon. Toward the end, the provider, Aramark, a publicly traded firm best known for its catering at prisons and baseball stadiums, replaced silverware with plastic and got rid of all trays, … Read more The UN Headquarters’ Incredibly Shrinking Dining Choices

At The Pho 5, Vietnamese-Style Tacos and Slurpy Noodles

Sure, you could check out The Pho 5 for its oversized bowls of beefy pho, its slurpable vermicelli and its tempting summer and spring rolls. But don’t snub the tacos. As slick nouvelle-Vietnamese cooking is trending, The Pho 5 offers simpler, more straightforward fare, in a sliver storefront on Third Avenue near 39th Street. The … Read more At The Pho 5, Vietnamese-Style Tacos and Slurpy Noodles

Little Tong Noodle Shop, Packing the Heat and the Crowds

Little Tong Noodle Shop

Little Tong wants you to fall in love with its rice noodles, known as mixian in Yunnan province, their place of origin. But don’t ignore the big draw at this diminutive Turtle Bay restaurant — as if you could: incendiary spice blends that make your mouth sting and eyes tear up the moment you plant … Read more Little Tong Noodle Shop, Packing the Heat and the Crowds

Art and Lunch, a Felicitous Blend at Rose Hill

Some people at the United Nations remain in mourning since Matisse shut down in February after serving as the corner cantine to hungry diplomats and their friends and neighbors for nearly nine years. If you are still feeling a void in your lunchtime routine, there’s good news: a sister restaurant called Rose Hill opened recently … Read more Art and Lunch, a Felicitous Blend at Rose Hill

Ah, Wilderness: Escaping to Tuttles’ Backyard

It’s a balmy summer evening, but the United Nations neighborhood has few places where you can grab a beer and a burger or a salad under the glow of office towers. So it was a pleasant surprise to be invited by old friends for drinks at Tuttles Bar & Grill, where two well-concealed outdoor terraces … Read more Ah, Wilderness: Escaping to Tuttles’ Backyard

Serious Sushi Tempts Customers to a Restaurant With No Name

It started out as a health food store. Maybe you never went inside, but it was easy to spot for its eye-catching sidewalk signs touting Bladder Control Tea. Then a tiny lunch counter appeared, displacing a few of the shop’s bright-green racks piled high with vitamins. The menu: sushi, smoothies and noodle soup. UN staffers, … Read more Serious Sushi Tempts Customers to a Restaurant With No Name

Top 10 Dining Choices Near the UN, Plus a Rendezvous for Espresso

Looking for a place to eat while you’re in New York for the the Commission on the Status of Women? PassBlue’s UN Eats relieves the trial and error of finding a good place to eat around the United Nations. Below is the top 10 list of UN Eats reviews, chosen by PassBlue’s critic Irwin Arieff, … Read more Top 10 Dining Choices Near the UN, Plus a Rendezvous for Espresso

Tres Carnes: Barbecue and Tex-Mex Hook Up

Tres Carnes, a New York mini-chain with a new branch in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, touts its food as a marriage of Tex-Mex and Texas-style barbecue. The wedding may spice up your lunch hour, but the pairing does not dazzle. While some of the dishes stand out, it’s mostly just Mexican fast … Read more Tres Carnes: Barbecue and Tex-Mex Hook Up

Eating Like an Italian at Alidoro

Alidoro is the sandwich shop of my dreams, and that’s a problem. Other people seem to feel the same way. Drop by between 11:30 and 2:30 and you may get so hungry waiting in line to order your lunch you’ll be tempted to put in a call to Domino’s. Situated on a nondescript stretch of East … Read more Eating Like an Italian at Alidoro

Asian Fusion That Shines With Star Power

Fusion is the fashion these days, but the concept is fairly fuzzy. It can just mean that an Italian and an Argentine got married and decided to share a stove. But if you’re lucky, it will really mean that some great minds with good cooking skills have pooled ingredients and techniques from different parts of … Read more Asian Fusion That Shines With Star Power

Luke’s Lobster, Offering Seafood Alfresco

If you didn’t know it was there, you could easily walk right by the new Luke’s Lobster, just east of Third Avenue on East 43rd. Scaffolding next door has left the double glass doors at the front of the restaurant in the dark, and there’s only a small blackboard sign to let you know you’re … Read more Luke’s Lobster, Offering Seafood Alfresco

Hearing a Call for Kale? A New Spot for Aficionados

Should you go to a health-food restaurant just because the food is good for you? No, you should go there because the cooking is healthy and tastes great. Now, a related question: If you call your place “Kale” and add chopped bits of it to nearly every dish on the menu, will they come? To … Read more Hearing a Call for Kale? A New Spot for Aficionados

Blue Olive Market: Rack of Lamb to Go

Blue Olive salad bar

At the Blue Olive Market, a new casual restaurant and carryout service in the United Nations neighborhood, you can be out the door in minutes with a lunch of rack of lamb — four lovely rare-cooked chops — along with two vegetable side dishes, all for the princely sum of $13.95. The market, on East … Read more Blue Olive Market: Rack of Lamb to Go

Paname, a Warm Slice of Paris Worth the Walk

Flourless chocolate cake at Paname restaurant

At Paname, a new restaurant that bears the French slang name for Paris, it’s not just about what’s cooking but making it good looking too. A bit of a hike from the UN, just north of 56th Street on Second Avenue, Paname offers a $20 prix-fixe lunch. If you can spare the time for a … Read more Paname, a Warm Slice of Paris Worth the Walk

At The Pullman Kitchen, the Star Is Molten, Gooey Cheese

Pullman Kitchen

New York is a city of contradictions. On the one hand, there is kale. But it takes both hands to raise a big and greasy grilled-cheese sandwich that starts falling apart the moment you try to pick it up. Which brings us to The Pullman Kitchen, on Second Avenue near 51st Street. Capitalizing on a … Read more At The Pullman Kitchen, the Star Is Molten, Gooey Cheese

Pennylane: Where the Blue-Badged Go to Caffeinate

Pennylane Coffee

Has the United Nations never had a hangout? It does now. Drop by Pennylane Coffee just about any time of day and you’ll see that nearly everyone is sporting the blue UN badge. The storefront bears no name or street number, so take a walk down 45th Street between First and Second Avenues and look … Read more Pennylane: Where the Blue-Badged Go to Caffeinate

‘Creative’ Indian: You Want That on Rice or Salad?

Grilling tandoori chicken

One of the great things about New York’s restaurant scene is its diversity. You don’t have to look very far to find seductive fare from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa — not to mention New Orleans, Cape Cod and Texas. So why is it that when you’re looking for lunch in … Read more ‘Creative’ Indian: You Want That on Rice or Salad?

At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

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 venue’s … Read more At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

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