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Nov 11, 2006 03:26 AM

Comfort Food Near 53rd Street and 5th Avenue

Anyone know of any sort of classy good places that serve "comfort food," macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, hot chocolate, etc. near the Museum of American Folk Art on 53rd and 5th that will take a group of about 25-40 on a Sunday afternoon?


Sheryl Ramer
Culture for the Non-Cultured

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  1. The closest I can think of is about 15 blocks away:
    The Comfort Diner, 214 East 45 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave) (212) 867-4555.

    This is a fun retro-style diner with good comfort food and large portions. I especially like their meat loaf.

    I'd definitely call ahead to see if they can accomodate your group.

    1. I can think of 3 that might fit your needs:
      1) Sarabeth's on CPS btn 5th&6th -- known mostly for their homey/country brunch fare, but they have burgers, potpies, salads and sandwiches as well as some dressed up entrees.
      2) Brooklyn Diner on 57th near 7th -- a theme-y restaurant that does basics better than most theme restaurants. Good hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches a notch higher than a true diner, but also a bit more expensive.
      3) Houston's on 3rd Ave and 53rd -- yes, the chain restaurant which has decent bbq and meat dishes. Thick burger.

      Goes without saying that with 25+ people you better call first.

      1. La Bonne Soupe is on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. Though I wouldn't describe it as classy, it is a very pleasant French bistro with lots more on the menu in the way of comfort foods than just good soups. They can accommodate large groups.

        Sheryl, I recall you posted that your group was going to Choice Kitchen & Cocktails, which I had suggested. How did that turn out?

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        1. re: RGR

          Thanks for these suggestions! What would I do without you guys!

          Sorry for the late response; I somehow didn't get notified that anyone had replied. Yes, the Culture for the Non-Cultured Meet-up officially loved Choice Kitchen and Cocktails. Excellent suggestion. They gave a nice reasonably-priced prix-fixe, so it was so easy to divvy up the bill, great space, great portions, great food.

          Culture for the Non-Cultured

          1. re: sheryllana

            Sheryl, Glad Choice Kitchen worked out so well for you and your group. Hope you'll let us know where you decide to go this time, and how it turns out.