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Looking for something good, any cuisine, near the Waldorf Astoria, walking distance preferred.
The Waldorf is at 49th and Park.

We'll be a party of 5 and one child. We prefer not -too- fancy or expensive, though that area is tough for that. As well, since our schedule is up in the air, we'd prefer no reservations.
Anything? I know this area is tough with those requirements. I'm thinking dinner with drinks and tip at $50 a person max?

Are any of the several restaurants in the hotel any good? There are like 5...

Thanks, I guess the area is considered "midtown" and " Murray Hill".

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  1. My favorite restaurant in the area is Fresco by Scotto at 51st near Madison. May not hit your $50 limit, though.

    1. On 48th between Madison & 5th Avenue is a place called Mangia
      there are a few scattered around the city. When you walk in on street level it looks just like a take out place. However, in the middle of the store is a staircase leading to the second floor. You can sit and enjoy well within your budget. Main thing is a "unlimited antipasto bar" which is great and priced about $15...enjoy!

      Midtown is correct...Murray Hill is around the 34th Street area and lower on the east side.

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      1. re: PeteDelfino

        Poster should realize that this is bascially an upscale buffet. You choose your food, pay by weight and carry it upstairs. It is not a dining 'experience', but it is good quality food and one of the few options in that direct 'hood for "dinner with drinks and tip at $50 a person max". That is a very hard budget to maintain.

      2. Maybe the Cafe at St. Bart's. I have only been there when the weather ws nice and we ate outside, but I thought it was a cute place that may fit your needs.

        There is a Houston's close (maybe 53rd / 54th and 3rd) that would probably work out too....it is actually a nice chain with good food and they had some light music in the bar the last time I was there, which was nice.

        1. Our Place II is a terrific Chinese restaurant (get the Mu Shoo, dumplings, and garlic chicken, but avoid the seafood) on 55th bewteen Lex and 3rd.

          Or walk directly east to Second Avenue and just play it by ear.

          1. For Mexican: Zarela's:

            Zarela
            953 2nd Ave | Btwn 50th & 51st St

            For Italian: Havent been here in awhile but it was decent years ago..

            Caffe Linda

            145 E 49th St, New York 10017
            Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave

            Lebanese: Havent been here in awhile but really liked it about 3 years ago..

            Al Bustan

            827 3rd Ave, New York 10022
            Btwn 50th & 51st St

            Japanese cooked food:Yakitori

            Aburiya Kinnosuke
            213 E 45th St | Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave

            Your average type of bar food.. My dad would grab a burger here often when staying at the Waldorf..

            Ashton's Cafe
            805 3rd Ave- Btwn 49th & 50th St

            Indian:

            Amma
            246 E 51st St | Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave

            Japanese, even though I have banned them, I would tell you Haru isnt bad..

            I would tell you to avoid Lasagne Factory or something like that. Any thai in the area. And the one italian restaurant on the corner of 50th and 3rd.. Forgot the name, but stay away!

            Hey, have a good trip..