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pseibel Feb 16, 2007 07:07 AM

3 kids plus adults for tonight. looking for inexpensive but delicious. Indian, chinese, mexican, italian preferred but open to all. Thanks.

  1. wench31 Feb 16, 2007 07:29 AM

    ralph's at 862 9th ave (at w. 56th) & Mangia E. Bevi 800 9th Ave (corner of w.53rd) for Italian are great

    http://mangiaebevirestaurant.com/media/websitemangia.html
    http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=0&restaurantid=3836&neighborhoodid=0&cuisineid=0

    Ariana Afghan Kebab House is great for Middle Eastern Food 787 9th Ave
    http://lighthousenews.us/RESTAURANTS/...

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      RGR Feb 16, 2007 09:22 AM

      I would avoid Mangia e Bevi. In addition to the food being mediocre, this place is very popular for baby and wedding showers, so you run a very high risk of being subjected to one or more of these quite raucous groups.

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      ultbil Feb 16, 2007 08:38 AM

      Indian: Bengal Express (9th and 53rd) - decor not that special but the food is inexpensive and good.

      Chinese: Grand Sichuan (9th and 50th)

      Mexican: Tulcingo Del Valle (10th and 47th)

      Italian: Maria Pia (51st, b/t 8th and 9th)

      Thai: Wondee Siam (9th and 53rd)

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        psawce Feb 16, 2007 08:55 AM

        Grand Sichuan is really good - and appropriate for kids. Ralph's is an old-school red sauce place. It's probably fine for kids, but the food: huge portions of bland overcooked pasta - not very good.
        Mangia and Bevi is a mob scene - big with single 20 something girls from NJ. Wondee Siam is great.
        You might also try Turkish Cuisine in the mid 40's. Roborto Passon is probably the best Italian in that hood but you really need a reservation before 8:30 or 9. Locando DaVini is a good second choice for Italian.

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          ultbil Feb 16, 2007 09:12 AM

          I don't think that Roborto Passon or Locando DaVini can considered inexpensive.

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          RGR Feb 16, 2007 09:23 AM

          Italian: Roberto Passon, on the corner of 9th & 50th - http://www.robertopasson.com

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            piccola Feb 16, 2007 05:05 PM

            I second Ariana.

            For Mexican, I like El Centro.

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