The dining room at Pera is long and sleek, with plenty of big tables for groups and an open kitchen in the back. And the Mediterranean food here is pretty solid - try the big lamb kebab and the hummus served with paper-thin pita. Will everything cost a little more than you want it to? Of course. This is Midtown. But you can get a table easily, and it’s a perfectly good spot for an upscale meal with some people who aren’t necessarily your best friends. Clients, for example, or some nice strangers you met on an airplane.
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Toloache ain’t cheap, but in an area where dropping dollars on grub is a given, it’s a breath of fresh air when the food is legitimately awesome.
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is quality Korean BBQ and a really good time in Midtown.
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The Smith Midtown
If Midtown East is the final frontier of food-obsessed New York City, The Smith Midtown is the Starship Enterprise.
Even though it's in Midtown, this multi-level meat market serves up one of our favorite steaks in town, and it's not what you might expect from a steakhouse in the area.
The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
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