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Good Cheap Eats in Midtown East

I really didn't mean to rhyme the title, but anyway I'm coming into Newark ( From SF ) on Wednesday in the late afternoon and will be staying in the East 50's on Third Avenue. I'm going out with people who are yes, on a budget and cannot afford Le Bernadin, ect. or any of the well known restaurants near there. I used to live in North NJ, so I know places to eat in Manhattan, but not in Midtown East, let alone midtown. And we'll all be tired, so we'd like a place in the area. I need a place that's cheap, within distance, and of course has great food. Any cuisine.

Thanks!!!

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  1. In this instance, exactly how cheap is "cheap"? Give us a per person budget, and tell us if that figure includes drinks (wine, liquor), tax & tip.

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    1. re: RGR

      Not exactly a budget cap., but it would be best to keep the entrees between 10 and 20 bucks, just because I'll be dropping money at Babbo the next night most likely.

    2. Zarela - 2nd Ave btwn 50th and 51st - would probably work for your group...very good mexican and nothing on the menu is over $20

      Divine Bar - 51st St btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave - might also be a good place to meet your friends, relax, drink some wine, and share some tapas

      1. P.J Clarks is an historic spot with good cheeseburgers. Angelo's Pizza on Second Ave is terrific New York (restaurant, not slice) pizza. Ray Bari does a good slice (a whole different animal from Angelo's restaurant pie.

        Houston's (a chain) has good food and low prices. The only cost is a huge wait if you go at peak hours.

        Second Ave has some Middle Eastern/Turkish whose name escapes me but is posted on this board quite often. (Look for "Turkish" with a "grumpy" owner.)

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        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          The Middle Eastern/Turkish is Taksim or Sip Sak...both are good...but I think Native is thinking of Taksim

          1. re: Todd

            grumpy guy is at sip sak now. go to taksim...much better staff and owner!!

        2. I'd also suggest Grand Sichuan on 52ndish and 2nd Avenue.

          1. If it will be an early dinner -- 5 to 6:45 p.m. -- Montparnasse, the French bistro, on 51st St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $22.95.

            http://www.montparnassenyc.com

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            1. re: RGR

              Grand Sichuan looked promising. But is their menu ( the english one) authentic, because I'm reading reviews posted by chinese people who speak the language. In other words, am I getting what the chinese people say they got, or just because we're a larger group and not chinese we'll get something differen? I know it sounds weird, but that's the case in many of the authentic chinese restaurants in SF Bay area.

              1. re: SamuelA.L.

                Forget it, I found the menu at Menupages.

                1. re: SamuelA.L.

                  I'm Chinese but I think their quality went down. I don't like that place anymore.