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Great restaurants near Lexington

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Great restaurants near Lexington


My husband and I are coming to New York on Thursday for 4 nights without our kids(!) and are looking for some great restaurants to go to that are big on flavour but not too stuffy that we cant wear jeans etc. We are staying at the Benjamin Hotel.

We would like to try and authentic diner for breakfast,a great american restaurant for ribs and maybe an Italian

Also, is there any recommendation for a place to find the ultimate cheesecake??!

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I don't usually stay in that area so I can't help with a diner near Lexington..but why confine yourself at dinner? You can go anywhere by subway and make a night of it..:)

I like Blue Smoke for ribs..Virgils is good,too

I'll let others chime in for italian.

Juniors for cheesecake

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We had Juniors cheesecake Saturday night and then cheesecake from Carnegie Deli on Sunday...both were good but all 4 of us agreed that Carnegie was by far the best! I guess it's a matter of opinion.

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Thanks, we definitely dont need to stay near lexington.....was just to give an idea of the location so we are not spending all night on transport!

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These places are not so near your hotel (in NYC nothing too far away) but we can personally recommend them because we have consistently returned to them for the food, service and the company:

A great diner: “Good Stuff” at 109 West 14th Street just west of 6th Avenue (AKA Avenue o the Americas). This place is becoming a neighbor favorite and always has a great mixed crowd of NYC denizens. We always get the daily specials. They have a license to serve beer, wine and cocktails. For more information see:


Great breakfasts and brunches: “Elephant & Castle” at 68 Greenwich Avenue (just west of 7th Avenue). This place IS a "Village” institution at which we have enjoyed eating for more than 30 years. They have a full menu for breakfast and brunch. Come and enjoy the crêpes, too. For more information, see:


A great “American” restaurant: “Friend of the Farmer” near Union Square at 77 Irving Place a few blocks south of Gramercy Park (the largest private park in the City). This place is another neighbor institution and we think it has one of the best brunch menus in the City as well as lunches and dinners of traditional American fare (and comfort food). For additional information see:


Italian restaurant: “Otto” in the Village at One Fifth Avenue (a block north of Washington Square Park) and is one of Mario Batali’s restaurants. The food is heavenly; we love the the pizza as an appetizer because the crust is paper thin. Though the place is called a “pizzeria” the menu is MUCH MUCH more than that. See the menu here and be sure to scroll down when you get to it:


Lastly and most importantly is cheese cake: This is one of those topics (like religion and politics) that can provoke much discussion and emotion among New Yorkers. That said, our absolute, hands-down favorite cheesecakes are made at “Veniero’s Bakery“ at 342 East 11th Street (corner of 1st Avenue). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a full description:


Hope this helps.



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Edited: 10 December 2010, 20:41
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5. Re: Great restaurants near Lexington

Actually, saying "Lexington" is not giving us an idea of the location. Unlike Britain, where streets tend to change names frequently, streets in the US can stretch for miles under the same name; in the case of Lexington Avenue, it begins at 21st street by Gramercy Park and ends at the Harlem River at 131st Street - a distance of 5 and a half miles, all of it being called "Lexington Avenue"!

You therefore need to know your cross streets (the Benjamin is at East 50th Street) and the name of the area (you could call this midtown east, or the East 50s, and it is right next tot he East 40s.)

Knowing that makes it very easy to look for places to eat on the invaluable menupages:


You may search for cuisine (such as Italian) or coffe shops/diners for breakfast, and you can sort by price and by rating.

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You could sample Junior's cheesecake when/if passing through Grand Central Terminal. Lower level.

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Classic, breakfast diner fare right next to The Benjamin at The New York Luncheonette at 135 East 50th St.

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