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Aug 31, 2006 04:39 PM

Awesome Italian and Chinese for Japanese Clients?

Hi! My Japanese Clients will be in NY for 2 months, staying around 50th and 8th Avenue. Do you know any good Italian and Chinese restaurants around that area that they can go? (possibly a walk-in place)!

Thanks so much!

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  1. I recommend Esca, an Italian restaurant that specializes in seafood at 402 W. 43rd St. (corner of 9th Ave). Some of the seafood is served "crudo" or raw, which may be of interest to your Japanese clients. The food is very good and distinctive, although they may certainly want to try other kinds of Italian food in the city. Fairly expensive - appetizer size plates of raw seafood are about $12, pasta $20 and up, main courses up to about $30. But worth it, and they'll probably need reservations although the restaurant is fairly large.

    1. For Chinese, there's Grand Sichuan on 9th at 50th St. and for a more modern fusion-y rendition, there's Xing on 9th at 52 St. For dressy there's still the ol' reliable Shun Lee up at 65th & Broadway.

      1. That's the Theater District so, if your clients want to go to restaurants without reservations, it's best if they dine after 8 p.m., when the the pre-theater rush is over and places tend to be emptier.

        There are so many Italians to choose from. A few of the better ones:

        ViceVersa -
        Roberto Passon -
        Cascina -

        Also, Trattoria Trecolori is supposed to re-open in September in their new location on 47th St.

        For excellent Szechuan cuisine, Wu Liang Ye is on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs.

        1. I agree with the recs for Esca, high end, as well as Roberto Passon, which is a little less expensive.

          1. Thank you so so much!!! I'm sure they will love it.
            Thanks a lot.