Our 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street

Lauren Shockey
La Maison du Macaron makes cookies in every color you can imagine.

23rd Street isn't necessarily considered a gastronomic thoroughfare. More likely, it's thought of as being home to various chain eateries (Pret, Chipotle, etc.) catering to the office-worker lunch crowd and, of course, one of the two locations in New York City where you can gorge on the Bloomin' Onion. But if you know where to look, you can actually eat surprisingly well on this stretch of concrete. And if you don't know, we're here to help. It's our home block, after all. So start working up an appetite for Our 10 Best Things to Eat on 23rd Street.

10. Macarons at La Maison du Macaron: Of all the macaron sellers in New York City, La Maison du Macaron boasts the biggest assortment of flavors. You can find classics like black currant and salted caramel, but also more offbeat offerings like pumpkin, fig, orange flower-pistachio, and rose-lychee. The cookies are quite good (our favorite is the praline), though they are decidedly chewier and denser than the ones at Ladurée, home of the ideal macaron. Still, La Maison du Macaron makes great coffee, and it's a lovely spot to while the afternoon away with a good book and handful of sugary cookies. 132 West 23rd Street, 212-243-2757

9. Coconut Omelet at Pongsri: Pongsri offers a good selection of Thai curries and noodle dishes, but we especially like the coconut omelet appetizer. A thin, crepe-like disk enshrouds cooked, orange-hued shredded coconut, bean sprouts, scallions, and chopped peanuts, served with a diced cucumber salad. It's messy to eat, but delicious. 165 West 23rd Street, 212-645-8808

Lauren Shockey
Indulge your inner child with a grilled cheese and tater tots

8. Grilled Cheese and Tater Tots at Trailer Park Lounge: Trailer Park Lounge is one of the kitschiest restaurants in the city, decked out with 1960s memorabilia, with a special nod to all things Elvis. The food features all the lowbrow staples of your youth, but you can't get much better than the über-melty grilled cheese sandwich served on white toast. Plus, this warm sammy is served with tater tots (or crispy sweet potato fries), the most nostalgic food ever. Gourmet grub? Hardly, but it's mighty tasty.271 West 23rd Street, 212-463-8000

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