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13 Great Places to Eat and Drink Near Comic Con 2014

The best bets for beer, coffee, pizza, and tacos near the relative wasteland that is the Javits Center.

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As of yesterday, Comic Con 2014 is under way, with over 130,000 cosplayers and fantasy fans swarming the Javits Center on the way West Side. Needless to say, between collecting autographs, sitting through panels, and just generally navigating the masses, most are going to need some caffeine, beer, pizza, and tacos to power on through. Good food can be tough to find in the wasteland that surrounds the Javits, but it's not impossible. Here are the best places to grab a meal or a drink without straying too far from the wonder-world of Comic Con.

— Cynthia Correa, Michael Benjamin

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tabata Noodle Restaurant

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540 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 290-7691
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Robert Sietsema is a fan of this 9th Avenue noodle shop. He recommends the eponymous ramen made with a combination of cooked and toasted noodles that float in a coconut milk broth. There are also several rice dishes like a katsu curry, plus some traditional small bites like edamame, gyoza, and spicy pickled cabbage. [Photo]

2. Larb Ubol

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480 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 564-1822
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Known for its Isaan cuisine, Larb Ubol offers several fiery shredded green papaya salads and a variety of bar snacks. The restaurant is a perennial Eater favorite, for its inexpensive lunch special. Try the sticky sweet pork with Chinese broccoli. [Photo]

3. Gotham West Market

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550 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 496-2100
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Gotham West Market offers the greatest number of options under one roof near Javits. Caff up at Blue Bottle Coffee, then choose from the many solid options, ranging from a sandwich at Court Street Grocers, to noodles from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, to some tapas and a glass of wine at El Colmado. There are also great breakfast tacos at Choza.[Photo]

4. Westway Diner

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614 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-7661
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The classic 24-hour Hell's Kitchen diner, where a handful of Eater editors once spent a memorable 24 hours has just undergone major renovations and is back and better than ever. The waffle sundae is a pro move. [Photo]

5. New York Pizza Suprema

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413 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 594-8939
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Don't let the Midtown location of this pizza spot fool you — it's not just another generic pizza parlor. This place has been around since 1964, and is a solid bet for your classic New York slice. Try the upside down slice with the sauce served over the cheese. [Photo]

6. Taqueria Tehuitzingo

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578 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 707-3916
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This 24-hour taqueria is a great spot for hearty dishes like enchiladas under a blanket of mole and some serious street-style tacos. Out of the 17 fillings, go for the pig ear or beef tongue, says Robert Sietsema. [Photo]

7. Txikito

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240 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 242-4730
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This Chelsea favorite from husband and wife powerhouse Alex Raij and Eder Montero is the classiest place on this list, but don't let that intimidate you. It's the perfect spot to take a break from the comic madness, enjoy a glass of Spanish wine, and a few small plates of authentic Basque fare. [Photo]

230 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 243-1105
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It is a bit of a trek, but the Neapolitan-style pizzas on offer here are worth it. The meatball, complete with tomato, mozzarella, veal meatballs, olives, and caramelized onions; and the Popeye with pecorino, gruyere, mozzarella, spinach, and black pepper, are perennial favorites. For the less adventurous there are also classic options like the Margherita. [Photo]

9. Kashmir 9: Cuisine of Pakistan

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478 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 736-7745

Stop by this 9th Avenue lunch counter for authentic Pakistani cuisine. Food is served cafeteria style and $8 will get you two dishes plus a mound of basmati rice. The mint green booths are retro in the best way possible. [Photo]

10. Hallo Berlin

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626 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 977-1944
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Started as a food cart, Hallo Berlin has a nearby brick and mortar location that churns out authentic German dishes like spatzle and sausage. The potato pancakes, plus a sausage is the way to go. Wash it all down with a pint of German beer. [Photo]

11. Añejo

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668 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 920-4770
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Angelo Sosa's restaurant is one of the closer options. Stop in for one of the city’s longer tequila lists, tacos, several varieties of quacamole, and an impressive selection of vegetarian plates. [Photo]

12. Mercato

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352 W 39th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 643-2000
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The straightforward Italian menu and exposed brick offer some comfort and a nice meal close by. The menu includes a classic lasagna as well as cavatelli with wild boar ragu, and porchetta with cabbage and potato cake. There’s also a burger, if Italian fare isn’t doing it for everyone at the table. [Photo]

13. Ardesia

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510 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-9191
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Although it's something of a hike, Ardesia is still a straight shot north, and an excellent place to settle in for wine and a bite to eat after a long day of Comic Con. Lunch isn't an option, but on the weekend it opens at 2 p.m., so it's ideal for a late afternoon salad or cheese plate. [Photo]

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1. Tabata Noodle Restaurant

540 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Robert Sietsema is a fan of this 9th Avenue noodle shop. He recommends the eponymous ramen made with a combination of cooked and toasted noodles that float in a coconut milk broth. There are also several rice dishes like a katsu curry, plus some traditional small bites like edamame, gyoza, and spicy pickled cabbage. [Photo]

540 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

2. Larb Ubol

480 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Known for its Isaan cuisine, Larb Ubol offers several fiery shredded green papaya salads and a variety of bar snacks. The restaurant is a perennial Eater favorite, for its inexpensive lunch special. Try the sticky sweet pork with Chinese broccoli. [Photo]

480 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

3. Gotham West Market

550 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Gotham West Market offers the greatest number of options under one roof near Javits. Caff up at Blue Bottle Coffee, then choose from the many solid options, ranging from a sandwich at Court Street Grocers, to noodles from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, to some tapas and a glass of wine at El Colmado. There are also great breakfast tacos at Choza.[Photo]

550 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

4. Westway Diner

614 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

The classic 24-hour Hell's Kitchen diner, where a handful of Eater editors once spent a memorable 24 hours has just undergone major renovations and is back and better than ever. The waffle sundae is a pro move. [Photo]

614 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

5. New York Pizza Suprema

413 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Don't let the Midtown location of this pizza spot fool you — it's not just another generic pizza parlor. This place has been around since 1964, and is a solid bet for your classic New York slice. Try the upside down slice with the sauce served over the cheese. [Photo]

413 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001

6. Taqueria Tehuitzingo

578 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This 24-hour taqueria is a great spot for hearty dishes like enchiladas under a blanket of mole and some serious street-style tacos. Out of the 17 fillings, go for the pig ear or beef tongue, says Robert Sietsema. [Photo]

578 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

7. Txikito

240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

This Chelsea favorite from husband and wife powerhouse Alex Raij and Eder Montero is the classiest place on this list, but don't let that intimidate you. It's the perfect spot to take a break from the comic madness, enjoy a glass of Spanish wine, and a few small plates of authentic Basque fare. [Photo]

240 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001

8. Co.

230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

It is a bit of a trek, but the Neapolitan-style pizzas on offer here are worth it. The meatball, complete with tomato, mozzarella, veal meatballs, olives, and caramelized onions; and the Popeye with pecorino, gruyere, mozzarella, spinach, and black pepper, are perennial favorites. For the less adventurous there are also classic options like the Margherita. [Photo]

230 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001

9. Kashmir 9: Cuisine of Pakistan

478 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Stop by this 9th Avenue lunch counter for authentic Pakistani cuisine. Food is served cafeteria style and $8 will get you two dishes plus a mound of basmati rice. The mint green booths are retro in the best way possible. [Photo]

478 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

10. Hallo Berlin

626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Started as a food cart, Hallo Berlin has a nearby brick and mortar location that churns out authentic German dishes like spatzle and sausage. The potato pancakes, plus a sausage is the way to go. Wash it all down with a pint of German beer. [Photo]

626 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

11. Añejo

668 10th Ave., New York, NY 10036

Angelo Sosa's restaurant is one of the closer options. Stop in for one of the city’s longer tequila lists, tacos, several varieties of quacamole, and an impressive selection of vegetarian plates. [Photo]

668 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036

12. Mercato

352 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

The straightforward Italian menu and exposed brick offer some comfort and a nice meal close by. The menu includes a classic lasagna as well as cavatelli with wild boar ragu, and porchetta with cabbage and potato cake. There’s also a burger, if Italian fare isn’t doing it for everyone at the table. [Photo]

352 W 39th St
New York, NY 10018

13. Ardesia

510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Although it's something of a hike, Ardesia is still a straight shot north, and an excellent place to settle in for wine and a bite to eat after a long day of Comic Con. Lunch isn't an option, but on the weekend it opens at 2 p.m., so it's ideal for a late afternoon salad or cheese plate. [Photo]

510 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

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