Recommendations for Quick Bites Between BlogHer '10 Activities

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While attending BlogHer '10 this weekend, you may find yourself in need of a quick snack break between panels. Perhaps you’ll want to dash out and get a more substantial bite to eat between parties, then hurry back to the hotel for another round of networking and cocktails. No matter whether you’re looking for a quick dinner or a take-out snack, here are some ideas of where to go on the fly to get some sustenance during the conference.

Though the Hilton has restaurants at a variety of price points, and a Starbucks that’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, you might want to experience something outside the walls of the conference hotel. I’m definitely planning to check out some of the street food vendors recommended by commenters on my BlogHer post about street food options in New York City, including the gyro stand at 53rd and 6th that Suzanne Reisman of Campaign for Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants called the best in Manhattan. Be sure to swing by between 7:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. for the authentic food -- there is a cart there at other hours that does not serve the same delicious food.

Moxie of the Moxie blog recommends hitting an official New York City bodega for the bacon-egg-and-cheese on a roll, with a side of coffee “to wash the cheese and bacon out of your arteries so you don't die before lunch.” Moxie’s post has some other great tips for New York visitors, so it’s worth checking out for ideas about dressing and maneuvering about the city.

If you’re looking for a bit of respite from the conference madness, consider trying Radiance Tea House and Books, located at 158 W. 55th Street, between 7th Avenue & Avenue of the Americas. Catherine of Taking Tea with Catherine recommends it highly as a lovely place to get a bite and some tea.

I came during a busy time, where most of the tables were taken though there was enough space for me; and I didn't feel crowded at all. It didn't seem loud at all either. It was really peaceful. You need that at a tea establishment. Plus, the staff is friendly, helpful, but not overly fussy. The perfect combination.

If you’re a fan of The Late Show With David Letterman, you might consider racing over for a Letterman (turkey, ham, and American cheese on a hero), a Shaffer (cutlet and American cheese on a hero), or a Late Show Research (liverwurst, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on rye) sandwich at Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli, which is quite close to the Hilton. Marlene Hutchins of Marlene’s Space visited Hello Deli for sandwiches while visiting the city. She and her husband, Terry, who is a big fan of the show and learned about the deli via Dave’s interactions with owner Rupert Jee, declared the sandwiches “delicious.”

If you’re a fan of ramen, try Menkui Tei, a ramen house on W. 56th Street very near the Hilton. Eula of writes that Menkui Tei offers “yummy” food and low prices. Jeannie of Vintage Jeannie also recommends the ramen at this restaurant.

The last place I’ll recommend is, to my slight chagrin, a chain restaurant. But it’s a chain restaurant that started in Arlington, Virginia, near where I was born and spent most of my teenage years and early adulthood, so I feel like it's a bit of a local treat to me. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which is located on 55th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, features meaty burgers and dogs for carnivores, as well as veggie sandwiches and grilled cheese for those who prefer their sandwiches sans meat. Their fries are excellent, particularly when doused with malt vinegar. And if you’re in a real rush, you can order online from the conference, ensuring your order is ready to go when you get there.

Here’s a list of the places mentioned here:

Radiance Tea House and Books
158 W. 55th Street
(between 7th Ave & Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10019

Hello Deli
213 W. 53rd Street
(between 8th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10019

Menkui Tei
60 W. 56th Street
(between 5th Ave & Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10019

Five Guys NYC -- 55th Street
43 W 55th Street
(between 5th & 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

If you’re a New Yorker or just familiar with the area around the Hilton, please share your ideas for great places to grab a bite on the run in the comments below!

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She also tells stories with photos at 5x52.


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