Restaurant Midtown East NYC

Flourless chocolate cake at Paname restaurant

Paname, a Warm Slice of Paris Worth the Walk

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 …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Masq Restaurant and Lounge

At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

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 …

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Dag Burger

A New Cafe, Worthy of Dag’s Plaza

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 other …

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Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan

Dee Daa: A Party in Your Mouth

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 of …

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Good To Go apple sausage and veggie chili

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

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 first …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Alcala Restaurant

Past Haunts the Present at a Neighborhood Fixture

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 you …

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Amaze restaurant Midtown NYC

Fussing With New Fusion

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 be …

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Paella, the daily special at Socarrat in Midtown Manhattan

Socarrat, Where the Reigning Star Is Paella

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 Street, …

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Num Pang restaurant NYC

At Last, Sandwiches That Taste Divine

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 raw …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Rickshaw Dumplings NYC

Some Like Their Dumplings Really Hot

Chinese dumplings, one of the world’s great comfort foods, are steaming into the UN neighborhood. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, a Manhattan chain with aspirations to go national, opened a branch at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street last fall, offering a slick and somewhat ethnically cleansed version of the plump little delicacies at uptown prices. In April, …

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Dining on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Eat&Go Istanbul/New York: Right Place, Wrong Cafe

What a tragic missed opportunity. The Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, which runs along East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, is one of the most pleasant open spaces on Manhattan’s East Side and home to one of the city’s best greenmarket. United Nations employees traverse the plaza throughout the day on the way to work …

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BonChon Midtown

BonChon Midtown: Stop! You’re Both Right

BonChon Midtown is an ambitious new Korean Asian fusion restaurant just up the street from the UN campus. Or BonChon Midtown is a lively Midtown sports bar with 27 draft beers, a loud rock soundtrack and four — count ’em! four! — giant TV screens. Take your pick. This is a clearly a restaurant with …

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