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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:21pm

I just saw a mention of a newish food hall in the refurbed Row NYC (ex Milford Plaza). We're visiting in May and staying at the Marriott Marquis. My husband has mobility difficulties, so we're especially conscious of options close to our hotel and Broadway shows (and Sardi's upstairs bar). The new City Kitchen food hall looks like a good option for the occasional nosh or sandwich between shows. 

Any opinions or advice?

Updated On: 9/20/16 at 11:21 PM
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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:41pm

It's pretty good, depending what you like. Just there to pick up a quick dinner.

The stalls I remember include:

Tacos

Sushi

Ramen

Burgers

Donuts

Seafood?

 

Not sure what kind of advice you are looking for. 

 

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:44pm

Here's a list of vendors: http://citykitchen.rownyc.com/

I like it even though it's overpriced; it feels less touristy than a lot of other places of comparable speed and quality in the immediate area. MarkBearSF, I assume you're actually from SF, so I'd liken it to a much tinier, more crowded Ferry Building Marketplace or a more cramped The Market on Market Street.

I like getting a crab roll at Luke's Lobster before a show on occasion, with a green lemonade from Illi Box.

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:47pm

Sure, been there a number of times. Anything in particular that you'd like to know?

 

I'm the furthest thing from a foodie, so my opinion on the food counts for jack squat, but my husband really likes the ramen place there and Luke's Lobster.  I just like it because it's extremely convenient for the theatres on 44th and 45th.  There's an entrance inside the hotel, but that one has stairs, so the entrance you should use is this little doorway on 44th near 8th (across from the Broadway bookstore), since I believe (I believe) they have elevator access--you should double-check that, though, since if your husband has mobility issues, it might be tough to get up there without an elevator (it's on the second floor). 

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:50pm

There is definitely an elevator to get in from street level; I think the entrance is on the side between Phantom and that souvenir store. (You also can take the elevator down from the main floor of City Kitchen to get to the bathroom.) Otherwise, the Row Hotel probably has an elevator entrance as well.

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:50pm

...Ah, also, it's kinda nice because, unlike some of the other similar food halls in Midtown, there actually generally seems to be seating available there, at least during dinner time, and you don't have to fight a bunch of people for it (ahem, Shake Shack). 

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:55pm

Thanks. Yes, we're from SF. We're probably not looking for full meals. Just something to fill in between actual dinners at Joe Allen, Cafe des Artistes, et al - but not as massive as Juniors across the street. It seems like it could come in handy. (both for eat-in and grab something on the way back to the hotel - is it open late?)

Hopefully it's not too cacophonous and confusing and there's accessible seating.

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Posted: 9/19/16 at 11:59pm

11:30 on weekends: http://citykitchen.rownyc.com/hours/

This would definitely suit you! If it gets too crowded in the main area, you can usually take your food and drinks into the section lobby of the Row that is right outside one of the side entrances of City Kitchen. (I've seen some tables in that lobby cordoned off for events, but that doesn't seem to be common.)

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 12:00am

Yeah, it'll be good for that--the serving sizes are way smaller than Junior's, yeah!  But no, unfortunately it's not really open too late...I think 9pm most days, and maybe later on the weekends (11pm?  midnight?).

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 12:09am

aimeric said: "...Ah, also, it's kinda nice because, unlike some of the other similar food halls in Midtown, there actually generally seems to be seating available there, at least during dinner time, and you don't have to fight a bunch of people for it (ahem, Shake Shack). "

HA!  Maybe it's me, but in my few visits over the years, I've been more concerned with snagging and saving seating (each time with newbie and less-savvy companions) at Shake Shack than ordering and leave feeling that next time I could do it better. It ultimately defeated the experience.

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 12:42am

Yep, Times Square Shake Shack sucks the fun out of shakes...I don't even know how that's possible, but they manage it.  :/  By now I've pretty much come to the conclusion that my post-theatre time is better spent elsewhere...Since you mention Row NYC, I just remembered that there's a new dessert shop next to the hotel as well, called Sugar Factory.  Haven't really been there enough to say if it's reliably good or not, but it is open late every night (till midnight)...You could give that a try instead of the ol' Shack.

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 12:48am

I have been twice, Got sick from food the last time and have not returned, but the space is tight. Also Cafe Des Artistes is a very tight spot. 

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 7:31am

I have been a few times! I have never had a bad experience. 

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 7:49am

MarkBearSF said: "I just saw a mention of a newish food hall in the refurbed Row NYC (ex Milford Plaza). We're visiting in May and staying at the Marriott Marquis. My husband has mobility difficulties, so we're especially conscious of options close to our hotel and Broadway shows (and Sardi's upstairs bar). The new City Kitchen food hall looks like a good option for the occasional nosh or sandwich between shows. 

Any opinions or advice?
"

 

We've eaten there the last several times we've been in the city (especially Dough for breakfast CIty Kitchen food hall at Row NYC ).  We also eat at the Gotham West Market, which is a similar market with a few more choices.  It's on the corner of 45th and 11th, so not terribly far from the Marriott (which is where we often stay). We have enjoyed both a great deal.

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 7:52am

MarkBearSF said: "Thanks. Yes, we're from SF. We're probably not looking for full meals. Just something to fill in between actual dinners at Joe Allen, Cafe des Artistes, et al - but not as massive as Juniors across the street. It seems like it could come in handy. (both for eat-in and grab something on the way back to the hotel - is it open late?)

Hopefully it's not too cacophonous and confusing and there's accessible seating.
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We've also never had trouble finding seating there.  

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 10:57am

LizzieCurry said: "There is definitely an elevator to get in from street level; I think the entrance is on the side between Phantom and that souvenir store. (You also can take the elevator down from the main floor of City Kitchen to get to the bathroom.) Otherwise, the Row Hotel probably has an elevator entrance as well.

 

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Yes, that's exactly where the elevator is.  There's even a sign above the door that says "City Kitchen" 

 

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 1:11pm

I love City Kitchen; I go there pretty often. I love Luke's Lobster and Dough. I've eaten at almost every counter and while yes they can be overpriced, it's a very convenient location and the food has always been delicious. 

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Posted: 9/20/16 at 11:46pm

I would recommend it, if you and your husband find something you like in the offerings. I am a ramen nut, and I think the ramen at Kuro-Obi at City Kitchen is delicious.

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 2:16am

Sounds like this might be a great place for a break during Sunday's Broadway Flea Market!

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 7:20am

Both STREET entrances have elevators....there isn't (as far as I know) a hotel elevator.

 

As for seating, there is some seating right within the food court itself, or if you walk along 8th (inside) you end up in a bigger seating area.

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 7:48am

Not touristy? Literally only filled with tourists lol. The food is good at all the places I've tried but I have never been able to get a seat, so I stand by the Windows usually. Very overpriced ... Might as well eat at a sitdown restaurant. However, I have been there several times when I only have 20 minutes to eat before a show and I'm starving... If you have a full hour to eat you might as well go to a sit down restaurant. Qi, Junior's, Sardi's, Bare Burger, hourglass tavern. 

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 8:37am

MadonnaMusical said: "Not touristy? Literally only filled with tourists lol. "

Nope; try again!

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 9:28am

^  I agree.  Yes, I'm sure they get a good amount of traffic from the hotel, but lots of locals.

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 10:23am

O was going to say, even if it were all tourists, the lines aren't insane.  Like I decided to go to Shake Shack last night and am  fully aware you do have to wait 95% of the time. I took it to go because I knew finding a place to sit would be impossible.  

And the worst place I've gone was Carlo's Bakery.  That was definitely all tourists and the most disorganized way of ordering,  paying,  and picking up.  It also wasn't worth the hype.  I'd take a meal at City Kitchen over a dessert there any day of the week. 

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Posted: 9/21/16 at 11:26am

You couldn't pay me to go back to that bakery.  Ick.

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