I’d say the new-in-2015 City Kitchen is the best thing to happen to the Times Square area since Hugh Jackman started regularly appearing on Broadway. It consists of six counters serving foods from some of the most celebrated eateries in NYC, though oddly, a number of them are using different names here. But if you go to The Box you can get the same type of unique Lebanese food that you will at its “mother” ilili (see p. ###—the duck schwarma with garlic-fig whip here is sensational); try Kuro Obi, and you’ll get the sublime ramen soups you’d get at its parent restaurant Ippudo (see p. ###). Also on site: fabulous Taiwanese shaved snow desserts, gourmet doughnuts, draft beer, sake, sushi, burgers and more.
- Pauline Frommer