Season's Eatings

by Julie Besonen, 11/19/2013

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  • Between jolly shopping excursions and seeing the City's storied attractions, visitors can stir up quite an appetite this time of year. Lucky, then, that so many of Manhattan's marquee sights and stores are located near such excellent restaurants. Macy's, for instance, is minutes away from the circa-1885 Keens Steakhouse, a great location for a fortifying cocktail and classic menu of seafood and dry-aged steaks. For the fanciers of Bergdorf's, we recommend nearby restaurants like the chic Betony, the upscale Quality Italian and Quality Meats and David Chang's Má Pêche. If you're dressed for it and in the vicinity, a stop at the '21' Club or the newly renovated King Cole Bar and Salon—close to the major retailers around 57th Street and Fifth Avenue—affords a memorable NYC experience. (Those interested in dining out over the holidays should note that the '21' Club is offering a three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner: $105 per adult and $55 for children under 10. To make reservations, call 212-582-7200.)

    Many attractions contain their own dining destinations. The Museum of Modern Art's restaurant The Modern is stellar and just across the street from the inspiring MoMA Design Store. Travelers seeking a calm setting close to the razzle-dazzle of Times Square can enjoy the handsome Lambs Club or Charlie Palmer's exceptional Aureole. For something less dressy and expensive in the Theater District, Carmine's still rules at handling big groups, serving family-style portions of penne alla vodka and chicken parmigiana. None of the aforementioned places are cheap, but we've got some budget-minded ideas in our slideshow as well as other festive Midtown Manhattan standouts. Read on for more.

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