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Bnladiesfan Jul 7, 2006 04:12 PM

I'll be staying with some friends at the newly renovated Ramada Inn in August and it backs up to MSG. I need some suggestions for quality food at good price in the area. I'm not looking for fast food as the area is a magnet for it. Want a well-reviewed place for a Firday night "experience". All suggestions welcome! And let me know if I need to make any reservations at the place you may recommend. Thanks in advance.


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    ICE_Student Jul 7, 2006 04:24 PM

    Korean BBQ at one of the fine establishments on 32nd St.

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      Bnladiesfan Jul 7, 2006 05:45 PM

      Another suggestion please... these folks are whitebread Americans...think Midwest. Not really looking for American, but Korean BBQ might be too far "out there". However I will consider it. Thanks

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      1. re: Bnladiesfan
        ICE_Student Jul 7, 2006 06:31 PM

        My family are all whitebread Americans from the Midwest and they love Korean BBQ. I think it is very compatable to American tastes. But I understand, some people are just picky.

        To keep with the BBQ theme you could try Blue Smoke on 27th between Park & Lex. Decent prices and great food.

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        Pan Jul 7, 2006 06:01 PM

        If you're looking for something other than Korean, I think your best bet is to go to a place like 11 Madison Park, on 24 St. and Madison Av. How much are you looking to spend?

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        1. re: Pan
          Bnladiesfan Jul 7, 2006 06:27 PM

          $20 to $25 per person I would think would be reasonable. As long as it's within walking distance of MSG then I'd consider it.

          1. re: Pan
            RCC Jul 7, 2006 06:37 PM

            If I am thinking of the same Eleven Madison Park that is being referred to, then EMP is not anywhere near Madison Square Garden that the OP had asked about.

            Nonetheless, EMP is a good place for any meal.

            1. re: RCC
              Pan Jul 7, 2006 07:03 PM

              Distance is relative. For a New Yorker like me, EMP is within easy walking distance of MSG. That said, for dinner, it prices out Bnladiesfan by a factor of about 3.

              1. re: Pan
                Bnladiesfan Jul 7, 2006 07:24 PM

                What type of food does EMP serve?

                1. re: Bnladiesfan
                  Pan Jul 7, 2006 07:57 PM

                  I'd call it Nouvelle American, but I'm not sure if that gets the point across. It's French-influenced American food with excellent ingredients. I've been several times in the last few years and liked it, but I haven't been there since their new chef was hired, and I've been reading just glowing reports of his cuisine on eGullet.

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