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Where to Eat Near the Javits Center in NYC

The pickings are slim, but with some digging, they’re good

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Whatever may lead someone to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center — be it a car show, furniture expo, or Comic Con — it’s probably not the food. The dining options in those far west Manhattan environs are limited, though the opening of Hudson Yards has provided a slight boon. Be forewarned that there’s nothing immediately adjacent, but some light walking will procure such delights as sherry and Spanish ham, one of the city’s best burgers, and juicy, char-grilled lamb kebabs.

Here’s where to eat and drink near the Javits Center.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Legacy Records

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517 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

Delicate raw seafood and light pastas are the focus of this Italian beauty from the Charlie Bird team. Definitely get the $27-per-person shellfish tasting and a pasta like the orchio noodles with saffron and giant surf clam. Upstairs is Ada’s Place, a cocktail lounge with a more casual menu of dishes like a burger and fried chicken. In the morning, the front area is flooded with light and becomes Easy Victor Cafe, peddling various pastries and coffee drinks. Note that service is included in the prices.

The downstairs bar at Legacy Records
The downstairs bar at Legacy Records
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2. Farida Central Asian Cuisine & Grill

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498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(646) 863-2020
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Farida is one of the farthest walks on this list, but it’s still only 10 minutes to arrive at this char-grilled Central Asian charmer. Build a meal around the excellent, meaty skewers, like the gamey lamb ribs or juicy chicken thigh, filled out with plov, or rice pilaf, and manti (dumplings). Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov have created a warm, unpretentious room filled with locals.

Shashlyk assortment on a white plate at Farida Alex Staniloff/Eater

3. Friedman's

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450 10th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 268-1100
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Everyone can find something to eat at this American cafe mini-chain that offers plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan option in various salads, sandwiches, and plates. The restaurant was founded in 2009 in Chelsea Market, and that focus on local meats and produce is still prevalent. Friedman’s is open at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, making it an easy place to stop for any mealtime.

4. Kāwi

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20 Hudson Yards, #501
New York, NY 10001
(646) 517-2699
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On the fifth floor of Hudson Yards’s mall is David Chang’s newest NYC opening, a Korean-ish restaurant from chef Jo Park. Early standouts at Kāwi include spicy roasted rice cakes with chile jam and country ham at lunch, and raw clams with chile and sofrito at dinner. This is one of Chang’s chiller restaurants, easier to get into than his usually mobbed Noodle or Ssäm Bars. Chang also has Peach Mart next door, an Asian convenience store with kimbap, as well as his fried chicken chain Fuku one floor down, both worthy stops for a quicker lunch.

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

5. Blue Bottle

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20 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

Skip the cafeteria coffee at the Javits Center and wait in line for some very geeky coffee. There will likely be several drip roasts to choose from, as well as various espresso and iced drinks and even an affogato. Pair a drink with one of Blue Bottle’s famous liege waffles, made to order with a soft bread and sugary exterior.

6. Shake Shack

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20 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

Shake Shack burgers reign supreme in NYC, and the Hudson Yards location is no different. Stop by the global chain from restaurateur Danny Meyer for a reliable burger, cheese fries, and a concrete.

7. Mercado Little Spain

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10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
(646) 495-1242
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José Andrés’ food hall in Hudson Yards is a shrine to all things Spanish gastronomy. There are paella, churro, tortilla, jamon, bravas, and other stalls, three full-service restaurants, a bar, and a retail area — the easiest comparison is a Spanish version of Eataly. Beware that Mercado Little Spain tends to get packed around happy hour time, but is a solid choice for lunch.

8. Sweetgreen

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347 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Area office workers flock to Sweetgreen at lunchtime for above-average salads. Get in line to do the same.

9. Porchlight

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271 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 981-6188
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Visionary restaurateur Danny Meyer’s 11th Avenue Southern cocktail bar was ahead of its time, opening in 2015 — several years before neighbor Hudson Yards made its debut. It’s still the area’s top — and only, really — option for well-made cocktails such as one with two types of rum, lemon, grenadine, and passion fruit. The space is especially good for groups, which can gravitate toward the games in the back. At $18, drinks are pricey at Porchlight, but they’re service-included and go down to $13 at happy hour.

A long bar with lots of golden lighting and stool seating Daniel Krieger/Eater

10. Death Ave

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315 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-8080
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Beer hounds can relax pre- or post- a Javits visit with some of Death Ave’s housemade brews. Food isn’t the typical American menu at breweries; instead it serves Greek fare such as lamb chops and grilled seafood. In warmer weather, head to the picturesque backyard.

Death Ave Death Ave [Official Photo]

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1. Legacy Records

517 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
The downstairs bar at Legacy Records
The downstairs bar at Legacy Records
Gary He/Eater

Delicate raw seafood and light pastas are the focus of this Italian beauty from the Charlie Bird team. Definitely get the $27-per-person shellfish tasting and a pasta like the orchio noodles with saffron and giant surf clam. Upstairs is Ada’s Place, a cocktail lounge with a more casual menu of dishes like a burger and fried chicken. In the morning, the front area is flooded with light and becomes Easy Victor Cafe, peddling various pastries and coffee drinks. Note that service is included in the prices.

517 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

2. Farida Central Asian Cuisine & Grill

498 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Shashlyk assortment on a white plate at Farida Alex Staniloff/Eater

Farida is one of the farthest walks on this list, but it’s still only 10 minutes to arrive at this char-grilled Central Asian charmer. Build a meal around the excellent, meaty skewers, like the gamey lamb ribs or juicy chicken thigh, filled out with plov, or rice pilaf, and manti (dumplings). Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov have created a warm, unpretentious room filled with locals.

498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

3. Friedman's

450 10th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Everyone can find something to eat at this American cafe mini-chain that offers plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan option in various salads, sandwiches, and plates. The restaurant was founded in 2009 in Chelsea Market, and that focus on local meats and produce is still prevalent. Friedman’s is open at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, making it an easy place to stop for any mealtime.

450 10th Ave
New York, NY 10018

4. Kāwi

20 Hudson Yards, #501, New York, NY 10001

On the fifth floor of Hudson Yards’s mall is David Chang’s newest NYC opening, a Korean-ish restaurant from chef Jo Park. Early standouts at Kāwi include spicy roasted rice cakes with chile jam and country ham at lunch, and raw clams with chile and sofrito at dinner. This is one of Chang’s chiller restaurants, easier to get into than his usually mobbed Noodle or Ssäm Bars. Chang also has Peach Mart next door, an Asian convenience store with kimbap, as well as his fried chicken chain Fuku one floor down, both worthy stops for a quicker lunch.

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

20 Hudson Yards, #501
New York, NY 10001

5. Blue Bottle

20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Skip the cafeteria coffee at the Javits Center and wait in line for some very geeky coffee. There will likely be several drip roasts to choose from, as well as various espresso and iced drinks and even an affogato. Pair a drink with one of Blue Bottle’s famous liege waffles, made to order with a soft bread and sugary exterior.

20 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

6. Shake Shack

20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Shake Shack burgers reign supreme in NYC, and the Hudson Yards location is no different. Stop by the global chain from restaurateur Danny Meyer for a reliable burger, cheese fries, and a concrete.

20 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

7. Mercado Little Spain

10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

José Andrés’ food hall in Hudson Yards is a shrine to all things Spanish gastronomy. There are paella, churro, tortilla, jamon, bravas, and other stalls, three full-service restaurants, a bar, and a retail area — the easiest comparison is a Spanish version of Eataly. Beware that Mercado Little Spain tends to get packed around happy hour time, but is a solid choice for lunch.

10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

8. Sweetgreen

347 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Area office workers flock to Sweetgreen at lunchtime for above-average salads. Get in line to do the same.

347 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

9. Porchlight

271 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Read Review |
A long bar with lots of golden lighting and stool seating Daniel Krieger/Eater

Visionary restaurateur Danny Meyer’s 11th Avenue Southern cocktail bar was ahead of its time, opening in 2015 — several years before neighbor Hudson Yards made its debut. It’s still the area’s top — and only, really — option for well-made cocktails such as one with two types of rum, lemon, grenadine, and passion fruit. The space is especially good for groups, which can gravitate toward the games in the back. At $18, drinks are pricey at Porchlight, but they’re service-included and go down to $13 at happy hour.

271 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001

10. Death Ave

315 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Death Ave Death Ave [Official Photo]

Beer hounds can relax pre- or post- a Javits visit with some of Death Ave’s housemade brews. Food isn’t the typical American menu at breweries; instead it serves Greek fare such as lamb chops and grilled seafood. In warmer weather, head to the picturesque backyard.

315 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

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