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Suggestions for dinner near the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

We will be 8 women prior to an evening concert. Any suggestions?

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  1. I live in the neighborhood and could give you several suggestions. What exactly are you looking for? Italian? A fancy place? A place with kids?

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    1. re: Denial

      thanks for your reply. We will be a group of eight women, choosing to eat very good to excellent food, within walking distan ce of the Met, since we will have tkts to an 8:30 pm Holiday Concert.

      1. re: citified

        There is a great Italian place on 82nd btween lex and 3rd called Girasole Restaurant - 212-772-6690 - 151 E 82nd Street (Lex & 3rd). There is also Centolire - 212-734-7711 - 1167 Madison Avenue (85th & 86th). Cafe Boulud is very nice but a bit more pricey than the others. Sant Ambroeus - 212-570-2211 - 1000 Madison Ave (77th & 78th) is a very nice euro atmosphere. Can be a fun evening with the ladies.

    2. Well, depending on what you're in the mood for, the Met has a few options of its own...the American Cafe and the other restaurant (name escapes me...), that serve respectable if unspectacular fare....

      1. Cafe Boulud, on 76th St., b/t 5th & Madison, is walking distance from the Met. Although it's 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's second tier restaurant, the food is first rate! Cordial, polished service in a small dining room with stylish contemporary decor. They start serving at 5:45 p.m., so if you make your reservation at that time (always easier to get one at that hour than at prime time), you should have no trouble getting to your concert on time.


        1. I was afraid Boulud may be a very costly meal-- but I will check it out.

          Any knowledge of Caffe Grazzi/

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          1. re: citified

            It's gone downhill. I was a fan until after two recent meals there.

            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

              sorry, not sure what you were referencing when you wrote "its gone downhill"?

              1. re: citified

                That thought also occurred to me. But I presumed the reference was to Caffe Grazie because nobody in their right mind would say that about Cafe Boulud.

          2. Caffe Grazzi is good, but I don't know if I'd call it excellent. It's a neighborhood place, small, but consistently good.

            What about Centolire? I've had mixed service there, but the food was always very good.

            1. Across the street from the Met in the old Vanderbilt Mansion is the Neue Galerie, a jewel box museum that focuses on Viennese Secessionist art. The restaurant, Cafe Sabarsky, is excellent. Website:


              1. I second Centrolire...also, while it's had mixed reviews on here, I've never had bad food at Demarchlier. There Serafina on 79th is reliable.

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                1. re: haleyjen

                  I've usually had a decent meal at Demarchlier, but often served with a healthy does of attitude.