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Parents in NYC - restuarant near Times Square

suzanne0115 Nov 24, 2006 09:38 PM

Taking parents into the city for their first (!) visit - any recommendations on a good restaurant where we can talk without overwhelming them?

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    RGR RE: suzanne0115 Nov 24, 2006 09:59 PM

    Since there are literally hundreds of restaurants in the Times Square vicinity, you need to help narrow things down by providing some specifics.

    1. What cuisines do you prefer?

    2. Do you want casual or fancy?

    3. What is your per person budget? And tell us if that figure includes drinks (wine, liquor), tax (nearly 9%), & tip (20%).

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    1. re: RGR
      suzanne0115 RE: RGR Nov 24, 2006 10:07 PM

      1) American, Italian, French, Japanese
      2) Casual-ish: pub/bar okay but no bodega/stand/fast foodie
      3) $60/person including drink, tip


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      haleyjen RE: suzanne0115 Nov 24, 2006 10:40 PM

      I like Marseille, and Bello on 56th Street.

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        RGR RE: suzanne0115 Nov 24, 2006 10:54 PM

        Marseille is a good suggestion. Excellent French/Mediterranean cuisine served in an attractive brasserie setting.


        Rene Pujol has been a Theater District fixture in the same townhouse location for more than 50 years. Very well-prepared French bistro classics, as well as some modern dishes. It can be somewhat noisy pre-theater, so it's best to reserve after 8 p.m. when the ambiance is much quieter.


        Roberto Passon serves very good Italian food in pleasant surroundings.


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          akp RE: RGR Nov 25, 2006 09:11 AM

          When my parents were in town, we had a wonderful lunch at Scarlatto. I notice that the chef is Roberto Passon there - will have to check out his other restaurant...

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          fschil RE: suzanne0115 Nov 25, 2006 01:22 AM

          Blue Fin or Josephine's (Josephine's is very cozy and sometimes has a piano player)

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            mrnyc RE: suzanne0115 Nov 25, 2006 12:48 PM

            my standby for something like this is VICTOR'S cuban. solid as a rock since castro came to power. they will like it & so will you. mojitos!

            1. tbear RE: suzanne0115 Nov 25, 2006 02:26 PM

              I went to Keen's Chophouse again last night and had one of the best Porterhouse steaks I have ever eaten. I love the cozy bar room and the old NYC ambiance is nice for out-of-towners. $60.00/head may be a little tight, however.

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