Reviews of restaurants and cafes in the vicinity of the United Nations. Excellent choices for lunch and dinner in Midtown East in New York City.


    Paname, a Warm Slice of Paris Worth the Walk

    by  • February 28, 2014 • UN EATS • 

    Flourless chocolate cake at Paname restaurant

    At Paname, a new restaurant that bears the French slang name for Paris, it’s not just about what’s cooking but making it good looking too. A bit of a hike from the UN, just north of 56th Street on Second Avenue, Paname offers a $20 prix-fixe lunch. If you can spare the time for a [...]

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    Pennylane: Where the Blue-Badged Go to Caffeinate

    by  • December 3, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Pennylane Coffee

    Has the United Nations never had a hangout? It does now. Drop by Pennylane Coffee just about any time of day and you’ll see that nearly everyone is sporting the blue UN badge. The storefront bears no name or street number, so take a walk down 45th Street between First and Second Avenues and look [...]

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    ‘Creative’ Indian: You Want That on Rice or Salad?

    by  • October 9, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Grilling tandoori chicken

    One of the great things about New York’s restaurant scene is its diversity. You don’t have to look very far to find seductive fare from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa — not to mention New Orleans, Cape Cod and Texas. So why is it that when you’re looking for lunch in [...]

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    At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

    by  • September 15, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Masq Restaurant and Lounge

    At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the venue’s [...]

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    A New Cafe, Worthy of Dag’s Plaza

    by  • August 4, 2013 • UN EATS • 1 Comment

    Dag Burger

    Dag Hammarskjold never had it so good — the plaza, that is, and not the late great United Nations secretary-general. After years of putting up with mediocre cafes in one of the city’s most pleasant outdoor spots, a tree-shaded stretch of 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, members of the UN community and other [...]

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    Dee Daa: A Party in Your Mouth

    by  • July 1, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan

    Thai fast food in Midtown: Five words that conjure up soggy stir-fries aging on steam tables or bland fusion fodder. But Dee Daa, a perky place that just opened on East 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, is actually turning out tasty dishes cooked largely to order and pretty much in the spirit of [...]

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    The UN Cafeteria: Nowhere Else to Go

    by  • April 1, 2013 • UN EATS • 3 Comments

    UN cafeteria delicatessen station

    They say that an army travels on its stomach. If the same is true of international diplomacy, the United Nations is in big trouble. The main UN cafeteria in New York recently sprang back to life as headquarters staff members started returning to the painstakingly renovated landmark Secretariat tower. But it appears the troops are [...]

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    Good to Go: What’s Healthy, What’s Got Taste

    by  • May 7, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Good To Go apple sausage and veggie chili

    When I ordered a cup of “natural veggie chili” at Good to Go Organics the other day, the friendly, aim-to-please counterman told me I would never guess it was vegetarian. “Customers are always asking me if I gave them the beef chili by accident,” he said. “It tastes so meaty.” But that wasn’t the first [...]

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    Past Haunts the Present at a Neighborhood Fixture

    by  • January 8, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Alcala Restaurant

    Alcala Restaurant has been dishing out traditional Spanish fare to the United Nations community for decades, and a recent move from East 46th Street to East 44th appears to have done nothing to change it, from the old-fashioned menu to the regulars at the next table. You’ll find the same dishes the last time you [...]

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