Sun-Thu, 7am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 7am-1am
1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
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35th St. to 75th St., Sixth Ave. to West End Ave.
The entryway's painted map of the southwestern leg of Route 66 may have you thinking of chiles. You can find them, but they're scarcer than you'd expect. The menu takes a middle-of-the-road approach, with southwestern flavors outnumbered by pasta, salads, and fruit smoothies. At lunch, office workers drop in for choices like the chef's salad, the Popeye salad (spinach with cucumbers, mushrooms, and bacon) or grilled chicken sandwiches. Scout the list for jalapeños if you're bent on something southwestern; the Amarillo omelette, with jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes, is a good bet. But even better is the southwestern steakburger: Angus beef mixed with mushrooms, onion, jalapeños, and herbs. A few items misfire, including the sloppy joe, which uses a tortilla instead of a bun, so you're deprived of the pleasure of juice-soaked bread. The décor nods at a roadhouse look, with black-and-white Route 66 road signs and lanterns on the walls, but the widely spaced tables and overall spruceness make the space more like a typical suburban café.Recommended Dishes
Southwestern steakburger, $10.95