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chocokitty Jul 2, 2006 11:49 AM

Hey fellow Chowhounders,
I would like to know if anyone could recommend a good, inexpensive to moderately priced restaurant that I could take my family out? Any location in Manhattan will do. Thank you!

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    RGR Jul 3, 2006 12:27 AM

    Considering that there are literally hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan that could be described as "good, inexpensive to moderately priced," at least help us narrow things down by telling us:

    1. What cuisine(s) do you and your family prefer?

    2. Will there be only adults, or will children be going along? If the latter, what are their ages?

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      chocokitty Jul 3, 2006 10:06 AM

      My family and I would like American (not burgers or fried food please), French and Italian food. I'm trying to look for entrees that are under $15.

      My husband and I, and my two children are 20 and 18 years old. My 20 year old is the "foodie" of the family and my husband likes to eat something a bit on the hearty side.

      Thanks for your help in advance.

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        RGR Jul 3, 2006 01:17 PM

        One of my favorite French bistros, Park Bistro, on Park Av. S., b/t 28th & 29th Sts., offers a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $25. They do have an a la carte menu, but I don't remember the cost of main courses at lunch. (At dinner, they're in the $20's.) The food's delicious, service is excellent, and the Paris bistro-type decor is quite stylish.

        Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., serves well-prepared Tuscan/New American cuisine. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $26.95 -- *lots* to choose from -- is definitely the way to go there. Large space with attractive decor and very comfortable seating.

        http://www.cibonyc.com

        Don't forget that many normally very upscale restaurants have special 3-course lunch menus all year long.

        Top of my list in that category is Eleven Madison Park, where the 3-course lunch is $32. Chef Daniel Humm's cuisine is exquisite, service is first rate, and the space is gorgeous.

        http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

        I've had many of Fleur de Sel's $25 3-course lunches, and all have been superb. Service is professional. The room is small with pleasing decor.

        http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com

        Btw, when I asked about "children," I was thinking little kids. I would consider your two "adults." :-

        )

        Enjoy your lunch and Bon Appetit!

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          chocokitty Jul 3, 2006 04:35 PM

          Any American cuisine recs with a similar price range? Thanks again!

          1. zGustibus Jul 3, 2006 06:56 PM

            Market Cafe on 9th Avenue in the 30s might work for you guys. Good American cuisine with some Italian dishes too. I posted a review awhile back:

            eGustibus Food Blog: http://www.egustibus.com

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              Rafie Jul 3, 2006 08:03 PM

              In the West Village, a few recs:
              -Westville (American food, solid fresh food at reasonable prices. W 10th St, Btwn Bleecker & W 4th St. Expect a wait unless you go early since the place is small).
              -Agave on Seventh Ave near west 10th for well-priced upscale Mexican

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                RCC Jul 3, 2006 10:20 PM

                Clinton Street Baking in the Lower East Side serves a pretty good lunch within your budget. Mostly soups and sandwiches and some very good egg dishes.

                Blue Ribbon Bakery, in the West Village, has a little bit more eclectic dishes for lunch. Also, prices are within your budget.

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                  calypsogirl Jul 3, 2006 10:39 PM

                  i think alias is a great spot. they have all sorts of things, from burgers to mac and cheese to bbq, scallops, chili, sloppy joes, etc. their brunch on the weekends is also delicious.

                  alias
                  76 clinton st. at rivington (lower east side)
                  212.505.5011

                  you can see their menu here: http://tinyurl.com/l3qbc

                  ps: as mentioned above, westville and clinton street baking company are great!

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