When I was living in Hell's Kitchen, I used to like to go to The Coffee Pot, which was on the corner of 9th and 49th Street for coffee.
Sadly, it's no longer there.
I love the Thalia for brunch and cocktails.
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Pier 53 has a great brunch and it's usually not hard to get in.
As someone said, Coffee Pot closed. But there's a new place called Kahve. I've been a couple of times. It's small, but it was good and the staff is really friendly.
For a fine Italian dinner, you can't beat Pietrasanta, on 9th Ave. between 47-48th Streets. Been going there for many, many years and have never been disappointed!
If it's unique you're looking for, try The Hourglass Tavern, 373 W 46th St (between 9th Ave & 8th Ave. It's a tiny, tiny place but steeped in charm, and wonderful food besides.
Hourglass is a bit too much money for what they give you.
Go over to 10th to 44 & 10 or 44 1/2 for great brunch. The best italian, in my opinion, was Basilica, which was forced to close. Amarone is a close second. Great Thai at Room Service. Worst service though. What the neighborhood is lacking is a good Indian and Mexican place. The existing ones are not anything special.
Kash Kaval for Mediterranean tapas and good, cheap wine. Ninth Ave (55th/56th Sts).
R7, Where is Kahve? (Do you mean Crave--that has two locations opposite one another on 8th Avenue and is always crowded with tourists?)
I like Zuni's at 43rd and 9th. Good and cheap--ideal for lunch or dinner.
I also like Ariana--on 52nd and 9th. The food (Afghan cuisine) is good and cheap.
Where and what is Pier 53? (Googled it and the only place I could find was in Brooklyn). Always looking for a good place for brunch.
Ariana is good, been going there since the 80s. Lime Jungle mexican closed, good, it was awful!
I love 44SW, SW corner of - where else? 44th and 9th. Get the Mushroom Ravioli.. incredible!