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Whether in New York for a long weekend or a business meeting, having a plan for meals can really help maximize your time. Lucky for guests of the Knickerbocker, renowned chef Charlie Palmer has covered all the bases, from early morning until late at night, with fresh cuisine in vibrant flavors. And when you’re headed beyond the hotel, check out our picks in the neighborhood for various times of the day.
There’s no better place to get your morning coffee on than underneath the vaulted barrel ceiling at Jake’s. Named after John “Jakey” Astor, Jake’s marble-clad, leather-lined space will leave you feeling fresh and charged for the day. Enjoy custom coffees from Stumptown roastery and a menu of pastries, granolas and flatbreads.
Cafe Un Deux Trois has been serving Broadway cast and crew in shabby-chic Parisian flair for more than 40 years. Until the late morning, head around to 44th street for steak and eggs, omelets, and your choice of several eggs benedicts underneath the crystal chandelier. Photo courtesy of @annemarievdlaan.
The original Knickerbocker hotel was legendary for the power lunch, and Charlie Palmer at The Knick honors that tradition with its two-course martini lunch.
For something more low-key but with integrity of flavor, Margon on 46th Street is a small, Cuban counter-style diner that serves pressed sandwiches and a daily special. Enjoy specialties like the roast pork pernil in this homespun spot known for its authentic style. Photo courtesy of @dad_beets.
For pure convenience and standout contemporary American cuisine, Charlie Palmer at The Knick is a great pre-theater option near Times Square. Outside of the hotel, we also recommend crossing the street for a dinner at Aureole, Charlie Palmer’s much lauded other Times Square restaurant. The Michelin-starred restaurant gives two dining options. The main dining room is a sanctuary to Progressive American cuisine, with a five- to seven-course tasting menu. The Liberty Room, meanwhile is a more relaxed affair, perfect for the theater crowd. Photo courtesy of @aureolenewyork.
Esca, on 45th a few blocks west of Times Square, is a beloved Italian trattoria dedicated to the fruits of the sea. For fish-lovers it is a must-do. Head down 43rd street to the restaurant for crudo, alla chitarra spaghetti with crab and uni, or the whole sea bass roasted in salt crust, and see why the New York Times anointed it with three stars.
With it’s wrap-around porch, green walls and cool interiors the St. Cloud Rooftop is an impeccable spot for a drink at any time of day. But in the evening, when Times Square is aglow in lights, this space comes truly alive. Creative cocktails like the Lilly Blue with vodka and housemade raspberry cordial are refreshing, and the full menu of bar snacks offers a satisfying trio of ceviches, a well-rounded charcuterie board, short rib sliders and selections from the raw bar.
At the northern end of Times Square, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar from the team behind Le Bernardin, does not disappoint, for either its wine list or bar snacks. Though it’s only open until midnight on weekdays, the living room-style space is luxuriously inviting with oversize couches and cushioned bar stools, making you want to decamp for a while. So we suggest you make a reservation. With more than 40 selections of wine by the glass and a veg-forward menu created for pairings, and you won’t want to leave.
Looking for more than just a good restaurant near Times Square? Check out The Knick’s NYC Travel Guide for our curated recommendations of things to do in New York.