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Eating At Interop: 8 NYC Dining Options

Baffled by where to eat near the Javits center? You're not alone: Check out these eight walkable and delectable options for Interop NY attendees.
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(Image: Eataly)
(Image: Eataly)

When the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened in New York City in 1986, New Yorkers were baffled by its location on the far West Side of Manhattan. Standing alone in what was a vast concrete wasteland, the location was not near any hotels, restaurants, or subway lines, and the neighborhood was generally dicey.

Fast-forward to 2014, and a few things have changed. When you visit New York City for Interop on Sept. 29-Oct 3, you'll see that the Far West Side of Manhattan is undergoing a radical transformation. While the area still lacks luxury business hotels, it does feature the High Line park, and there are plans to extend the No. 7 subway line all the way to 12th Ave. There's also a fantastic bike/walking path along the Hudson River, and the Chelsea Piers offers sports, restaurants and river cruises.

That said, when it comes to food, Javits still sits alone on its island of concrete, with very few quality dining options within close walking distance.

Most folks attending a convention here quickly retreat back to their midtown hotels, where restaurants are plentiful. But if you do that, you'll miss out on all the richness Manhattan has to offer when it comes to dining experiences. I did my best to keep these alternative options within about a 20-block radius of Javits, encompassing the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen (don't let the name fool you), and Midtown East/Murray Hill. These establishments will have you exploring neighborhoods you may have overlooked on other visits.

I've chosen a mix of business-friendly restaurants, where you won't feel out of place in a suit and tie, as well as casual dining experiences that are too good to be missed. An added bonus: I've listed only restaurants in which I've personally dined. I don't pretend to be a foodie, but I would never send my friends to a place I hadn't visited first.

Have some of your own favorite New York restaurants near Javits? Tell us about them in the comments section below. And don't forget to let us know if you'll be joining us at Interop New York, where you can feed your mind all day and your stomach at night.

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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/12/2014 | 4:58:17 PM
White Castle?
What? No White Castle?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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8/13/2014 | 9:08:06 PM
Re: White Castle?
@David I think your closest one would be at 525 8th Ave Here's the number listed for it if you want to double-check (212) 736-4746
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freespiritny25,
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8/14/2014 | 7:56:01 PM
Eating At Interop: 8 NYC Dining Options
5 Napking Burger is YUM! My favorite on the list. My favorite is the Italian Turkey Burger...and they are open until midnight. If you are into Mexican I reccommend Limon Jungle on 53rd and 9th...the drinks are GREAT too!
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/18/2014 | 4:50:05 PM
Re: Eating At Interop: 8 NYC Dining Options
@freespirintny25: Thanks for the additional recommendations! Ninth Ave. has truly turned into a food mecca. I used to live on 9th and 45th in the late 80s, when the area still deserved to be called Hell's Kitchen. I'm continually in awe of how much it has changed since then.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/18/2014 | 4:48:04 PM
Re: White Castle?
@Ariella. Heh heh. Don't encourage him!!! ;)
Ariella
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Ariella,
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8/18/2014 | 4:58:17 PM
Re: White Castle?
@SusanN you're right; I shouldn't encourage fast food habits, especially when there are healthier options all around.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/26/2014 | 4:43:48 PM
Re: White Castle?
@Ariella: I was only kidding with you. All things in moderation. It's funny, i rarely eat fast food but when I was in Tokyo some years back I found myself craving McDonald's. I think I was really craving some familarity, but a quick stop in definitely helped me overcome a touch of homesickness. :)
Ariella
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Ariella,
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8/26/2014 | 5:17:35 PM
Re: White Castle?
@Susan true, food is something very much linked with what we find familiar and/or comforting.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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9/29/2014 | 11:33:55 AM
Used It!
Susan, I just used this list to grab reservations for dinner on Tuesday night while I'm at Interop. Thanks for putting it together!
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/18/2014 | 4:43:45 PM
Re: White Castle?
@Dave: You're on your own if you have the crave. Here's a handy map to help you:

http://cravernation.whitecastle.com/
athorndike
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athorndike,
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8/12/2014 | 6:41:55 PM
So Hungry!
Susan, such a great list! I love eating in NYC - and knowing the spots close to Javits is key!
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/18/2014 | 4:44:39 PM
Re: So Hungry!
@athorndike: Thanks, glad you like the list...if you find any new places to add let me know!
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8/13/2014 | 10:50:42 AM
Re: NYC Dining Options
This list goes nicely with Dave's list of Geeky Interest Points from the other day (and I'm sure that was the intention), so great timing on that one. Let's be honest here - half the reason we go to any convention is for the food, and I'm certainly not talking about the ten dollar slices of pizza at the convention centers. In fact, I remember Curt  (Franklin) admitting  once that this was secretly his motivation for travelling all around the country to cover events - this was some time ago in the comments section back on Enterprise Efficiency, if I remember correctly.

At any rate, I'm a member of that club myself, and while I don't think I'll be attending Interop this year, I'm certainly salivating over these food options. They say New York is 'the city that never sleeps', and while all Dave's geek sites sounded great, I have to admit the main thing that expression brings to mind is how jealous I am of all the great food New Yorkers can probably get at all hours of the night. Where I live, I'm lucky to have a couple of questionable chinese places open after-hours. On  the other hand, they get all these great upscale sit-down places you list, too. Seems like a win-win.


Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/18/2014 | 4:47:29 PM
Re: NYC Dining Options
@Zerox203: yes, you're right, Curtis did wax poetic about his fondness for food on e2. I was going to try and further complement Dave's geeky places with geeky restaurants, but I love good food too much to steer people to places where I can't personally vouch for the food quality. Hence this list.

New York is definitely the city that never sleeps...and never stops eating. hope you get to indulge in a visit sometime soon.
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