9th and 48th is the heart of Hell’s Kitchen - tons of great options within a couple block radius of your hotel, let alone the rest of Manhattan! Off the top of my head I can recommend Caselulla Wine Bar, Totto and Ippudo Ramen, Viv Thai, Marseille (bistro fare), etc., but there are many more great options nearby.
Do you know what sights you’ll be seeing during the day? For hot dogs you’ll want to hit up a dirty water cart for the true NYC experience. Katz or Russ and Daughters for deli/smoked fishes.
I beg to differ. Katz’s and Sarge’s are delis. Russ & Daughters is not. The shop sells and the restaurant serves appetizing, i.e., smoked fish such as nova, smoked white fish, sable, kippered salmon, etc., as well as related items.
Interesting. I’ve had spectacular uni there, the tacos are some of the best I’ve ever had, the pizza is great, and the halva store always has us pick up at least a few chunks each time we’re there. The American cheese monger has some incredible domestic cheeses, too. And I’ve only scratched the surface…
I think Eataly is far worse in terms of “tourist trap” feel in that you could not pay me to go back.
I’ve bought the same brand of halva at the Whole Foods located near Bryant Park. It’s a great product.
I don’t Iike the Eataly in Manhattan that much. It’s decent for a breakfast sandwich or a coffee. I’ve used it as a pit stop rather than a destination. I like the Eataly in TO a lot. I live 3 blocks away and it’s one of my go-tos for a hostess gift, foccaccia, a quick slice or a panini.