It’s that time of year: The season when it’s perfectly acceptable for grown men to wear their underpants over their tights. That’s right. New York Comic Con is coming.
From October 5 – 8, the mother of all geek conventions descends upon New York City’s Javits Center. After watching panels on Black Panther, catching a movie or two, and seriously scaring yourself in the Jigsaw escape room, you’re going to be hungry. Very hungry.
The Javits Center is absolutely massive, and it’s so far west in Manhattan that it’s practically falling into the Hudson River. In other words, unlike other Manhattan neighborhoods, things are kinda spread out. You’re not going to want to do any extra walking, or to scout five different cafes before deciding where to eat. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, so you can save your feet for cruising the exhibition halls. Here are seven excellent eateries, all within walking distance of the Javits, where you can go get your grub on.
The pancakes, waffles, and fried chicken at Friedmans are good enough for any superhero – you’d never guess that the entire menu is gluten-free. The restaurant (which is named after economist Milton Friedman) also serves local veggies and antibiotic-free meats.
Gotham West Market
This giant food hall houses 10 vendors under one roof – from ramen to tacos to Blue Bottle coffee – so there’s a little something for everyone in your posse. Eater describes the fare at Gotham West Market as “interesting and high-quality food,” and there’s a bonus: cocktails, which many food halls don’t have.
Fresh local food and a cozy, industrial vibe are what you’ll find at Rustic Table, which literally has a reclaimed-wood farm table running down its center. Fresh pastries, fine coffees, and lighter fare like sandwiches are all on the menu.
Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine
If you’re a Comic Con cosplayer who still wants to catch the game, Clyde Fazier’s Wine and Dine is the right spot for you. This sports-themed restaurant in Hudson Yards features American cuisine with global flair, an extensive cocktail menu, and a serious collection of whiskeys. With its free-throw basketball court – the spot is named from the former Knicks player who’s a partner in the business – and more than 40 television screens, it’s a place where sports fans and fanboys can co-mingle.
Tavola‘s menu is based on the regional Italian fare of Puglia, Rome, and Sicily, and uses many ingredients carefully sourced from these regions, some of which are exclusively imported for the restaurant. Known for it wood-burning ovens, which were handcrafted in Naples, Italy from Vesuvian volcanic clay, this classic trattoria offers meat, fish, and pasta dishes, as well as true Neapolitan pizza.
New York is a melting pot of people and cultures, and the result is some damn good, authentic food. Larb Ubol is an authentic Thai restaurant specializing in cuisine from the country’s northeast Isan region. The restaurant’s decor is cheerful and relaxed, though perhaps a bit DIY, but don’t let that distract you: Even the hardest core Thai food lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu and intensely delicious dishes.
Located in a repurposed printing factory, Print is dedicated to seasonal, sustainable cooking and offers a menu that’s updated daily based on available ingredients that are collected by the restaurant’s “in-house forager.” Bookend dinner with a cocktail at the Press Lounge, Print’s sister venue located upstairs in the same building, which has spectacular views of the city.