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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!

Tina

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

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

        1. 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

            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

              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

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

              2. re: Pan

                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

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

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

              1. Hummus Place Amsterdam and 74th I think.

                1. 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. 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

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

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

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                      1. re: Ora

                        Maoz on Broadway/71 -- falafel +