Any "must eat" suggestions that's close to Times Square? just walking distance? I want to try something that is very much New York. Thanks!
Times Square, no.
Within walking distance: Hell's Kitchen
thanks for the link! walking distance would be good!!
P.S. Ziggy is a regular poster here and an adventurous eater. You can't go wrong with his dining advice. And the places listed are patronized mostly by locals. Browse his site for suggestions in other parts of town as well.
If you want to try something typically New York, you should find out where the food carts are located.
The guy from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives owns a place called Guys American in Times Sq. Its amazing, you have to get the BBQ wings
Gemma's opinion of Guy Fieri's place is not shared by everyone. For example, the review in the New York times of Guy's American Kitchen & Bar was so scorching that it became a bit of a news item itself for a time:
Nathalie, one thing you should understand about Times Square is that it is not a place New Yorkers think of as the center of the action, and flock to. Instead, it is a place we go out of our way to avoid. As a result, all of the bars and restaurants right in Times Square are largely tourist traps (including a lot of chains you know from home with the prices jacked way up). Really good restaurants, on the other hand, are places that expect a return clientele, and as a result are those patronized largely by locals who would want to come back time and time again. A tourist trap knows it will probably never see you again, and so it doesn't matter whether you like the place or not, and as a result, tourist traps are almost never better than mediocre.
From Times Square, you can walk over to 9th Avenue where there are lots of interesting places to eat. You can also just hop on the subway (and that is the one good feature of Times Square -- almost every train stops there, so it is easy to get out of there) and go almost anywhere in just a few minutes, so it doesn't matter if the restaurant you want to go to is really walking distance or not.
Definitely Hell's Kitchen. Lots of ethnic places which by definition is "very New York" these days. Lots of great places on Ziggy's blog and it's not too far from Times Square but miles better food.
If it's a nice day, and you'd like a nice long walk (maybe with a slight detour through Central Park), check out Zabars in the Upper West Side.
Hope you aren't planning on hanging around Times Square for your entire stay :-)
+1 to Linda's post...don't eat right in Times Square, and don't limit yourself to walking distance either. Sure, Hell's Kitchen has good options, so check it out, but you're going to find a lot more if you venture into other neighborhoods. The VIllage and Flatiron are great eating neighborhoods, as are many others! :)