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Cheap eats near Lincoln Center

chocokitty Nov 1, 2006 11:54 PM

Hey fellow 'hounders,
My friend and I are going to attend a Juilliard concert next Friday night (11/10) and I need some recommendations on some good but cheap eats (think college student cheap; maximum would be $15). I don't particularly care about the type of cuisines. By the way, where would you recommend for a good dessert place (or chocolate shop) nearby? Thanks in advance!


  1. amyleechen Nov 2, 2006 12:02 AM

    Big Nick's (very yummy burgers) -- 71st and Columbus, as well as my preferred location 77th and B'way. The atmosphere is kooky and the menu is chock full. The burgers, however, don't disappoint.

    A good dessert/chocolate place? I'll have to give that some thought...

    1. Ora Nov 2, 2006 04:04 AM

      For dessert on a budget -- cupcakes at Buttercup Bakery 72st bet Amsterdam & Columbus maybe?

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        gloriousfood Nov 2, 2006 01:12 PM

        How about the food court at Whole Foods in the Time Warner Building? Or Bouchon Bakery (same location)?

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          pcwd Nov 2, 2006 01:15 PM

          Ollie's is just a few blocks up Broadway. There's a Godiva in the Time Warner Center for your chocolate fix.

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          1. re: pcwd
            Pan Nov 3, 2006 05:37 AM

            Tina asked for good eats, which - no disrespect - I think excludes Ollie's. And Godiva is pricey and not very impressive, as far as I'm concerned.

            I haven't been to Big Nick's in some time, but that seems like a good suggestion to me. I was impressed with the quality of the food I had there (at the 77th St. location) a few years ago after a gig. Tasty food and low prices; I think that's the ticket.

            1. re: Pan
              Ora Nov 3, 2006 04:51 PM

              The two locations have different owners. Nick sold his interest in the 71 st location over 20 years ago. Thus 77th is the "real" Big Nicks. Nick himself is often there.

              1. re: Ora
                amyleechen Nov 3, 2006 07:32 PM

                aHA! Never did feel quite right at the Columbus Avenue location. Thanks for the info!

              2. re: Pan
                chocokitty Nov 4, 2006 11:12 PM

                I agree with Pan, I truly dislike Godiva chocolate.

                But is there any other places besides Big Nick's or Gray's Papaya to eat? If not, how much more do I have to spend to get a different option and where?

                1. re: chocokitty
                  Pan Nov 5, 2006 02:59 AM

                  You could always have dinner at Grand Sichuan and walk up from 50th St.

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              Rafie Nov 2, 2006 01:34 PM

              For dessert, Cafe Mozart's not too far away. It's on 70th, east of Broadway.

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                chow_gal Nov 2, 2006 08:25 PM

                Hummus Place Amsterdam and 74th I think.

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                  theannerska Nov 3, 2006 05:44 AM

                  Big Nick's burgers are fantastic (good fries, too) - I've always gone to the 77th St. location.

                  As for dessert, what about Beard Papa's cream puffs? On Broadway between 73rd and 74th, I think.

                  1. amyleechen Nov 3, 2006 01:46 PM

                    Another mention -- there's also the All-State Cafe on 72nd between Broadway and WEA on the southside of the block. Fantastic fried chicken!

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                    1. re: amyleechen
                      dcvdickens Jul 4, 2012 11:54 AM

                      All State is closed as is Cafe Mozart! They may have been replace but don't know with what.

                    2. Ora Nov 3, 2006 04:54 PM

                      Heck--there's always Grays Papaya...

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                      1. re: Ora
                        alc Jul 4, 2012 02:15 PM

                        Maoz on Broadway/71 -- falafel +

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