Recommendations for restaurants near (but not in) Times Square?
November 11, 2016 4:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm heading to NYC this weekend with my two sisters to see Hamilton (yay!). I go into the city semi-regularly to see shows but since one daughter is vegan we tend to eat at vegan places so I haven't really looked for any other restaurants. We're staying at the Marriott Marquis since it's so close to the theatre, but I want to avoid the tourist restaurants in Times Square. Walking distance would be preferable. Two of us are vegetarians so vegetarian friendly also. Any suggestions?
posted by Bresciabouvier to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Ooh, Cinnamon Snail.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:29 PM on November 11, 2016

posted by trixie119 at 4:36 PM on November 11, 2016

8th ave is jammed with restaurants 2 blocks west.
posted by sammyo at 5:06 PM on November 11, 2016

I also came here to suggest Toloache! Went there b/c we needed to get lunch for a group of 4 convenient to Times Square with a vegetarian in the party; it did not disappoint.
posted by phoenixy at 5:31 PM on November 11, 2016

Thirding Toloache. Everybody seems to be able to find something they like there.

Slightly further walk (but check the menu first to see if the vegetarians are cool with the options): Larb Ubol.
posted by praemunire at 5:37 PM on November 11, 2016

The Lambs Club

Cafe 123
posted by JimN2TAW at 7:12 PM on November 11, 2016

The vegan factor is pretty tough. I love larb ubol but I don't think I'd sent a vegan there. We saw hamilton tuesday night and got drinks and snacks at Havana Central which is super conveniently located just down the next block on 47th but reviewing the menu has limited vegetarian options most of which involve cheese.

If your vegans could eat a cheeseless pizza and salad I would recommend Don Antonio by Starita for excellent Neapolitan pizza (I'm pretty certain they offer a "marinara" pie which is just the excellent crust with sauce and garlic.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 4:58 AM on November 12, 2016

Response by poster: Just to clarify I'm looking for vegetarian, not vegan options, so your suggestions could definitely work. The reason I don't have much knowledge of restaurants around Times Square is that we tend to go farther afield for vegan choices when I'm with my vegan daughter. But she's not with us so I'm broadening my horizons. Thank you for all the suggestions so far!
posted by Bresciabouvier at 9:13 AM on November 12, 2016

Definitely consider one of the Ethiopian places near Times Square, either Queen of Sheba or Meske – well known for flexibly feeding all levels of veg folks.
posted by kalapierson at 2:30 AM on November 14, 2016

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