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Trip Report A New Option for Interesting Food near Broadway Theaters

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Many posters ask where to eat in or around the theatre district, which is not considered among the city's best restaurant areas. For anyone looking for an interesting, and relatively low-priced, meal, snack, or drink, there is a new option in the Gotham West food market at 600 11th Avenue. This is an upscale food court, but do not expect to find Dunkin Donuts or Taco Bell. Think more of the casual restaurants at Eataly, or even Madrid's Mercado de San Miguel, albeit on a smaller scale.

Gotham West is on 11th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets. It took us about 10 minutes to walk there from the Lyceum Theatre, where we enjoyed a matinee of "The Realistic Joneses" yesterday. I'd guess that the Market can be reached in 10-15 minutes from most Broadway-area theatres. The 42nd Street crosstown bus stops 2.5 blocks south. The building also has a parking garage.

We sampled two of the ramen bowls (one Roasted Garlic Mazemen, and one Shoyu Ramen) from the "slurp shop" of Ivan "Ramen" Orkin, whose long-awaited ramen restaurant has just opened on Clinton Street . At $13 each, plus $1 for spicy chili sauce, they provided a very tasty, although decidedly un-traditional, ramen dinner. The long steel-topped counter probably seats about 30 diners; in addition, long polished wood tables with benches offer overflow seating for all of the restaurants. There were plenty of free seats yesterday, a Wednesday, at 4:30pm.


Other options include Spanish tapas bar El Colmado where $1 oysters from varying locations (yesterday's were from the Montauk area) can be sampled at their 3pm to 7pm Oyster Happy Hour. The restaurant appears to be strong on shellfish and Iberian ham, including the prized bellota-fed jamon, among an enticing range of other traditional Spanish offerings, and an array of Spanish and Portugese wines, and sherries. I will head here next time, as I am a fan of its older sibling, Tertulia, in the West Village which is also under the helm of Chef Seamus Mullen, who has lived in Asturias.


There is a branch of Blue Bottle Coffee, a sandwich shop, and a few other restaurant options, including an outpost of the meat-centric Cannibal from East 29th Street. The pricey Brooklyn Kitchen, for a wide array of fresh and preserved foods (including a few varieties of Rancho Gordo dried beans which can be difficult to find at retail here) along with cooking utensils.

The website lists the various tenants, with menus (and prices) and opening hours for the Market's eating places. Most places open at 11am and close at 11pm. (Ivan Ramen closes at 10pm)


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