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How is Carve?

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  • G3B Dec 27, 2006 07:29 PM
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Have read both good and bad reviews and was wondering what Chowhounds thought of this place for a quick Sat. night bite to eat before theater. Location is great. We are going to the Biltmore Theater which is half block away on 47th Street and one person is on a budget. Other recs are welcome too, but please remember one person is on a budget so prices need to be moderate. Thanks.

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  1. Eh. It's fine. Nothing amazing, nothing terrible. If you're in a bind, it'll do.

    Nosher

    NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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    1. re: Nosher

      Not in a bind except for two limitations (1) moderate prices and (2) within a few blocks from 47th Street would be fine. We can spend more time if a restaurant is recommended, time is not one of the constraints. What do you suggest as an alternative? Thanks.

    2. walk the extra block to 9th avenue - dozens of very good and budget friendly options (thai, sandwiches, chinese, greek, burgers, the list goes on and on . . .)

      1. Which greek restaurant were you referring to?

        1. Uncle Nick's - nothing groundbreaking, but good and consistent Greek (I generally enjoy the seafood, plus standards like Moussaka, various dips, Gyro, etc).

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          1. re: adam

            Could you please give me some good suggestions on 9th Ave near 47th St. We can't go all the way to Uncle Nicks, it's bet. 50th and 51st and one person in our party has difficulty walking. That would be too far for her.

          2. Chelsea Grill is pretty good for Burgers and comfort-bar food (btwn 46th and 47th), Orchid for good (not great, but very good I think) Caribbean on that same block, Pam Real Thai on 47th just west of 9th for some of the better Thai in the area. Depending on mobility, you can walk a block or two in any direction on 9th and find quite a bit. One interesting choice might be the newish Cheese place that has a small cafe menu including fondues and cheese plates with some tables in the back.

            1. Carve is pretty decent, but I don't think it has seats (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). Perhaps it has a counter, but I imagine the person who has trouble walking wouldn't want to stand. I like Hell's Kitchen (47th and 9th), but you should check the prices to see if it works. For a cheaper option, I like Hurley's Saloon (48th between 8th and Broadway) - it is bar food, nothing more, but I think its well done. (I may be biased because its my favorite after work watering hole).

              gm

              1. If you're walking over to 9th Avenue, I'd go to Chelsea Grill over Hell's Kitchen. We've been more than half a dozen times in the past several months and have been disappointed with either the food or the service every time. I know lots of people do like it, and I really wish it were more consistent (it's yards from our apartment).

                But if it's just a sandwich you want, you'll be able to get a very good one at Amy's Bread (right there across from Chelsea Grill), and you'll be able to sit down in the back. Not great for atmosphere, but the food is good.

                Nosher

                NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

                1. Thanks, I will look at Chelsea Grill. Is Amy Bread open for dinner? I have been there to buy lunch and bread. Since it is a bakery I assume that it will be closed for dinner. For now I am leaning towards Say Cheese. Thanks Adam. If anyone has a better suggestion please let me know. We are going next Saturaday night. TIA all. I always love the suggestions I get on this board. Happy New Year to everyone.

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                  1. re: G3B

                    Amy's is open on weeknights until 11 at night, and they usually have sandwiches until at least 9, if not later.

                    Nosher

                    NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

                    1. re: Nosher

                      Thanks for the information. I will keep that one in mind too. Do you think Amy's is better than Say Cheese? My friends love cheese and I thought the menu looked pretty good.

                  2. I've been to Say Cheese just once. It was just OK. I'm dumbfounded that the place stays in business, given that it's never full. When I'm in the mood for a sandwich, I go to Amy's (or down the street to Sandwich Planet).

                    Nosher

                    NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                    1. re: Nosher

                      Thanks, I will add Sandwich Planet to my list now too. We go to theater often and always need places to eat, but circumstances have changed and one person in our party is on stricter budget constraints, so now I have to find more moderate priced places to eat either pre or post theater. Happy New Year!