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East 50s / 60s for dinner

I am looking for suggestions for a place for dinner in the East 50s or 60s with friend in from overseas. It is not an area we tend to eat in often. We prefer smaller new'ish places. No steak houses or Japanese/Thai/Chinese. Getting a bit over-Italian'ed recently too. $50 to $70 a person, all in, I can handle...$100 pp is out. Thanks in advancce....

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  1. I like Fig & Olive very much. They are on Lexington and 62nd. It's a casual place but the room is very pleasant and the food is really good. You can check their webpage:
    http://www.fig-and-olive.com/

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    1. re: Toot

      I also highly recommend Fig and Olive... I wrote a more detailed post in response to an olive oil tasting restaurant request about a week or two ago...

    2. Not new but Montparnasse, on 51st St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., is a pleasant French bistro with good food.

      http://www.montparnasseny.com

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      1. re: RGR

        Think that restaurant is gone.

      2. Meltemi, 51st and First is good Greek restaurant.

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        1. re: serious

          Meltemi moved someplace. Another Greek, Ethos, is in that spot.

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          Meltemi
          1485 York Ave, New York, NY 10075

        2. You might like Dona which is located on 52nd off third. Mediterannean cuisine from Donatella Arpaia and Chef Michael Psilakis...combining greek and italian flavors in what they describe as "southern european" cuisine.

          1. Agree about Dona. Especially if you are a seafood lover. Runs rings around Meltemi..far more interesting..