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Metropolitan Opera-Budget Dining Ideas?

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Have already spent too much on opera tickets-can anyone recommend budget offerings anywhere between 57th and 72nd streets?

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  1. Papaya King, corner of 72nd Street and Broadway (or is it Amsterdam at that point). 2 Franks and a Papaya drink - it's better than filet minion.

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    1. re: hellgate

      It's Gray's Papaya on 72nd Street, not Papaya King. And it's way better than Papaya King, too! ($2.75 for the recession special, though they have a big sign in the store saying that prices are going up soon. Bummer, indeed!)

      1. re: selizara

        That's right - Gray's Papaya. Thanks for correcting.

        You have to stand, though - but you'll be sitting for hours at the opera.

    2. Compass, on 70th St., b/t Amsterdam & West End Avs., serves excellent food in a very attractive space. (Ask to be seated in one of their really comfy booths.) In addition to the more expensive a la carte dinner menu, they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $35.

      http://www.compassrestaurant.com

      Enjoy the opera and Bon Appetit!

      1. What's the budget amount$$? So far, you've received two very good, but very different ends of the spectrum for suggestions.

        1. Here are a few suggestions:

          Bouchon Bakery cafe in the Time Warner Center.

          Bin 71 on Columbus between 71st & 70th for panini and meatballs.

          Le Pain Quotidien on 65th St. between Broadway & CPW.

          1. Ideal budget would be $15 or less per entree-is that realistic?