Places to Eat Near the Circle Line Pier in NYC

The Circle Line is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Manhattan.
The Circle Line is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Manhattan. (Image: Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The Circle Line Pier (Pier 83) is the docking place for the famous New York City sightseeing and events cruises of the same name and is set between the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Lincoln Tunnel on the west side of Manhattan at 42nd street. The location is reachable on foot from Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Depot and their corresponding subway stations. Nearby dining options include quick bites, bars and pubs, Hell's Kitchen restaurants, and not far are the many choices of Times Square.

Quick Eats

If you are seeking a quick bite within a block or two of the Circle Line Pier, there are a few options to choose from. The retro design and neon "open 24 hours" signs are what draw attention to the Market Diner on the corner of 11th avenue and 43rd street. Inside you will find an extensive menu and greasy-spoon decor. Walk a few blocks north of the Circle Line Pier along the West Side Highway and you will the famous H&H Bagels plant. The plant has a storefront where hot bagels can be bought by the piece. In the back, the plant churns out millions of bagels every year that are sent to locations around the world. Bagels are sold plain but condiments are available to add on your own.

Pub Food

Hell's Kitchen is a traditionally Irish Manhattan neighborhood, which covers the area around the Circle Line Pier from the Hudson River waterfront to 8th avenue and from 34th to 57th streets. The Landmark Tavern, 11th Ave. and 46th St., dates to 1868, when it originally stood on the Hudson River shoreline. The menu covers Irish standards like bangers & mash and shepherd's pie but also delves into the gourmet with entrees like duck confit and Asian vegetable spring rolls. If you walk a few blocks east of the pier you will find the Irish Rogue Pub & Restaurant where Irish pub fare is served in a modern setting with fireplace, dark wood and brick decor and specialties like full Irish breakfast and the Irish Rogue NYC Brunch. The kitchen is open until 2:00 a.m. every day.

10th Avenue

10th avenue is lined with dining options ranging from fast food and takeout to trendy alternative hot spots. 44 & X is located at 44th and 10th and is one of the trendy options, with extensive sidewalk seating under a long green and white striped awning and a stark white minimalist decor. The restaurant serves three meals a day and the menu ranges from roasted mahi mahi to buttermilk fried chicken and collard greens. Queen of Sheba Restaurant is located on 10th avenue at 46th in a small storefront with a red awning. The restaurant serves Ethiopian cuisine in an atmosphere described as "lively and and always full of excitement." The menu features a selection of appetizers, beef, lamb and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts true to the east African region.

Times Square

If you can handle the 5 block walk east to Broadway and 44th or don't mind jumping into a taxi for a few moments, there are the hundreds of touristy options and a few landmark venues to sample in nearby Times Square. The many chain restaurants are covered in neon and signage but Carmine's Family Style Italian Restaurant has just one lit sign outside and an endless line of patrons inside. Reservations are only available for parties of 6 or more but the wait endured by smaller parties will earn you oversize portions of above-average Italian cuisine. A few blocks to the north at 52nd and Broadway stands another icon of the Manhattan dining scene. Victor's Cuban Cafe has been operated by the Del Corral family since 1963 and is a colorful Latin-flavored eatery with skylight ceilings and a menu filled with traditional Cuban fare like paella and ropa vieja. Prix fixe menus are available for lunch or dinner.

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