Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with the Winter 2017 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Let’s be real. No one comes to New York City and looks forward to bland, overpriced cafeteria food served in a dimly lit space. It’s the sort of experience you can expect at the Javits, and venturing outside can be daunting for the New York City newcomer. Once a barren desert of endless construction, more and more exquisite places to eat are popping up by the Javits.

As New Yorkers (okay, Brooklynites) and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite places to eat and drink near the Javits Center so that you can make the most of your time in our fair city. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hangry hungry buyer, we’ve got you covered for NYNOW with fresh bites for 2017!

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks!

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $
Think Coffee is a well-known and beloved NYC coffee chain and, lucky for us, they have multiple locations within easy walking distance from the Javits. Try out the one two blocks north of the Javits, hidden away in the courtyard of a residential tower. Its peaceful, chill atmosphere is perfect if you need to catch up on some work away from the noise.

Melissa’s Pick: Dough Doughnuts

2. Blue Bottle Coffee – 13 minute walk – $$
Located in the ultra hipster and swanky Gotham West Market, Blue Bottle Coffee has become a New York staple for caffeinated tastiness and quality baked goods. Stop in before, during, or after the show for a quick coffee fix!

3. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

Need an extensive coffee menu? And place to hole up for some work outside of the Javits? Romeo and Juliet has both, as well as decent selection of pastries.

Tyler’s Pick: Iced Coffee

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

1. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s.

Reid’s Pick: The Lamb Burger

2. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $
This full-service grocery store offers a wonderful array of healthy and affordable options for breakfast and lunch. Sunac Natural Market also features an impressive juice and smoothie menu for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

Highlight: Open 24/7

3. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $$
This landing pad is one of FCTRY’s all time favorites. It’s the ultimate artisanal food court with an artistic, urban ambiance. It’s home to a number of New York cult food hits, serving up anything from ramen to Mexican to sushi burritos.

Tyler’s Pick: El Colmado for the tapas
Erica’s Pick: Ample Hills Creamery for Snap Mallow Pop Ice Cream
Hunter’s Pick: Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito

4. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$
A cozy spot that serves the classic coffee, tea, and sandwiches that we all love. Serving up breakfast quiches to smoked salmon sandwiches, Rustic Table has a tasty treat for everyone.

Highlights: Farm-fresh food

Happy Hour? Drink Please!

1. The Press Lounge – 16 minute walk – $$
On top of the roof of the Ink48 Hotel, The Press Lounge has stunning and unmatched views of the city while overlooking the Hudson. This bar and lounge offers a menu ranging from unique cocktails to vino classics, alongside a modest sampling of bar foods. The Press Lounge does require an “elegant casual” dress code, meaning leave those Yankees baseball caps and LuLuLemons behind, and dress to impress.

Highlight: Rooftop lounge with views

2. ooviña – 14 minute walk – $$

ooviña is a tapas style restaurant with Mexican and Guatemalan influences. Unwind after the long trade show days with a small bite and a drink from their creative cocktail menu.

Amanda’s Pick – Yucca frites and the Sangria

* The FCTRY Booth – NYNOW Booth 7838 – FREE!!
If you’re at Javits Center and in need of a little late day pick-me-up then come over to the FCTRY booth after 5PM. We’ll be serving up some strong but tasty margaritas right there in our booth. It’s a little tradition of ours that we love to uphold.

Highlights – Handmade drinks served to you by Tyler in adorable Gummygoods bubbles bottles.

Dinner. Is. Served.

1. PRINT – 16 minute walk – $$$ 
Top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print is located at the Ink48 Hotel alongside the aforementioned drink pick, The Press Lounge, so head down once happy hour is over.

Alyssa’s Pick: Goat Cheese Gnocchi & Short Ribs
Jason’s Pick: Fettuccine

2. Bea – 18 minute walk – $$
Escape the chaos of the city by stepping into Bea. Bea offers a warm, intimate ambiance, making you feel like you’re in another time. Bea features a creative drink menu with some exciting twists on classic American cuisine.

Erica’s Pick: Ricotta and Honey Toast

3. Nizza – 20 minue walk – $$

In the mood for some classic Italian? Go to Nizza where you can load up on carbs. The best part is that they offer gluten-free options.

Amanda’s Pick: Gnocchi or the Pappardelle

 Downtown, for the Adventurous

We tried to focus on places you can walk to from the Javits Center but if we’re being honest, the only time we ever hang out up there is during trade shows. If you’re looking for something more authentically New York, you should probably head downtown.

1. Minca – 22 minute subway ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With flavorful broths and satisfyingly chewy noodles, Minca’s a great place to check out if you’re in the mood for some authentic ramen. The Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

Lucas’s Pick: Basic Broth

2. Jack’s Wife Freda – 28 minute subway ride – $$
A simple and sweet spot for dinner in the West Village. Jack’s Wife Freda fuses American fare with touches of Mediterranean flavors. Dishes range from the classic hamburger to Spiced Rack of Lamb. If you’re looking for a nice, low key spot for dinner and drinks, Jack’s Wife Freda will absolutely fill that order.

Erica’s Pick: Chipotle Chocolate Cake

3. Vanessa’s Dumpling House – 30 minute subway ride – $$

Eric cites Vanessa’s as his go-to place for dinner when he’s in the downtown area. There is more than one location, but check out the one in the Lower East Side. Obviously go for the dumplings if you’re here as well as the savory pancakes.

Eric’s Pick: Fried Pork Dumplings, Duck Pancake

4. Flex Mussels – 20 minute subway ride – $$
Flex has an extensive list of original seafood entrees and platters, but if you’re at Flex, you’ve gotta go for the mussels. Obviously.

Janie’s Pick: Thai mussels and the Parma mussels, and any of the dessert donuts

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

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