Disney’s newest Broadway hit is Aladdin, the story of a young street rat who was granted three wishes by a lovable genie. But before you head to the city of mystery and enchantment for a magic carpet ride, grab something to eat in bustling Midtown Manhattan.
1. Quick Bites
Kwik Meal Cart – For something quick, but delicious, try a Kwik Meal cart. This isn’t your average chicken and rice dinner, the meat is tender and succulent, and the food cart is critically acclaimed. The food served from this cart is prepared by Muhammad Rahman, a former chef from the Russian Tea Room, and his cart -- located in Midtown at the corner of 45th street and 6th avenue -- is not to be missed.
2. Moderate Bites
Shake Shack – Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, placed there to help support the park’s first art installation. But it was a huge success, with fans lined up around the block every day for three summers in a row. Now, this modern day burger stand has permanent locations all over the city, and it serves some of the best burgers, fries, and (of course) shakes, in town. While it’s definitely reasonably priced, you have to make sure to give yourself plenty of time there, because there is always a line around the block to eat at Shake Shack.
3. Fancy Bites
ESCA – Italian for “bait,” ESCA is a southern Italian trattoria devoted to bringing you the best the ocean has to offer. This restaurant was created by award-winning chefs Dave Pasternack, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich in 2000, and is renowned for its elegance and simplicity. Located at 402 West 43rd Street, ESCA is an ode to the sea.
Le Bernardin – Another critically acclaimed seafood restaurant is Le Bernardin, located on a quieter stretch of 42nd Street. This french take on the jewels of the sea is a 4-star location, originally born in Paris in 1972. Sophisticated and understate, Le Bernardin has received Michelin accolades, and is a favorite for international tourists.