i feel like i was just hovering in the midtown area with my bryant park post only a month ago but thought that this top of the rock event was too good not to write about, and really 10 blocks away in midtown could be another city given the density, so one more midtown guide for the fall is in order. with a focus just around 50th street and 5th avenue, there really are some different options on both the food and even the shopping front, which while challenging if you’re not into the flagship chains (this is definitely where the best of the big stores often are), i came up with a few ideas without having to venture too far east.
güllüoglu: this new turkish spot a bit further east looks like a great find from midtown lunch with amazing looking ful boregi and lots of baklava. 982 2nd avenue on 52nd street, manhattan, new york, 212.813.0500.
anthos upstairs: this slightly less fancy, and definitely more affordable version of anthos with greek style lamb burgers, lamb tartare and a beet and feta salad all priced between $9 and $15 each this might be the perfect spot after hitting top of the rock. 36 west 52nd street between 5th and 6th avenues, manhattan, new york, 212.582.6900.
minamoto kitchoan: am amazing super pricey japanese sweets spot (pictured above). great for gifts or that perfectly formed mochi or taiyaki. 608 5th avenue between 48th and 49th streets, manhattan, new york, 212.489.3747.
merci/gap pop up store: i am dying to check out this pop up store associated with what seems like the amazing merci, a french boutique (the paris store pictured above). with offerings like custom embroidered jeans, eclectic clothing and accessories chosen by merci and some fragrances, jewelry and ornaments, i think i must get myself to midtown right away since it’s only on till october 4th. 680 fifth avenue at the corner of 54th street, manhattan, new york, 212.977.7023.
the red caboose: a full service train shop that’s been around since 1946. this is one focused shop full of all sorts of train related paraphernalia so if you are a subway or train junkie this is the place. 23 west 45th street between 5th and 6th avenues, manhattan, new york, 212.575.0155.
henri bendel: probably my very favorite department store. their selection and ideas are always amazing, and not quite as off the wall as barney’s but probably the same price range. really excellent eye candy. 712 fifth avenue near 56th street, manhattan, new york, 212.247.1100.