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Feb 8, 2007 10:53 AM

Best value for the dollar - 50th & Lex

Greetings all,

Heading to NYC (at the airport now) for the next 6 days - best value for the dollar - the dollar could be $10 or it could be $500, but looking for some best values. Staying in the 50th & Lexington area, so either on transit routes, walking distance, or easy cabs.

Love multi course meals, foie gras, excellent wines, but can go for relaly good burgers and thin crust pizzas too!

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  1. In the vicinity of your hotel, I would recommend Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. Excellent modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood.

    Public transportation and/or an easy cab ride can take you to all neighborhoods in Manhattan.

    Eleven Madison Park, on the corner of Madison & 24th St., for a sensational multi-course tasting dinner. Considering the quality of Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired cuisine + the abundant amount of food, the $125 cost (not including wine, tax & gratuity) for that meal is a huge bargain. Service is first-rate, and the space is gorgeous.

    Veritas, on 20th St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, for Chef Scott Bryan's superb New American cuisine (including fabulous foie gras) and one of the most extraordinary wine lists in the city. Friendly, efficient service. The small dining room has soothing minimalist decor.

    Molly's, an Irish pub on 3rd Av., b/t 22nd & 23rd Sts., for big, tasty burgers. Skip the mediocre fries in favor of the onion rings. Convivial atmospherics.

    Katz's, on the corner of Houston (pronounced "how-stun") and Ludlow Sts., on the Lower East Side. Best pastrami anywhere. Sandwiches are huge.

    Enjoy your stay in NYC and Bon Appetit!

    1. For neopalitan pizza go to Naples 45 in the back on Grand Central on 45th btwn Lex and Vanderbilt. Fantastic pizzas.

      Also pretty good burgers at goodburger on 43rd and Lex, although i think there is a second branch closer to Bloomies but i'm not sure where. Their burgers are in the vein of In n Out/Shake Shack. Also good milkshakes.

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      1. re: ESNY

        I think good burger is just so so. i like burger joint at le parker meridian better 56 street between 6th and 7th. i also recently ate at naples and thought it was subpar.