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Mar 17, 2007 11:35 AM

Fast Dining around Rockefeller Center

My sister-in-law is coming to town on wednesday next week and has exactly one hour and half to meet my husband and me at Rock Center, eat dinner and get back to Rock Center for a bus back to her hotel in Newark (I know, I know). I don't spend a lot of time in midtown, so I'm at a loss for where to go.

Price isn't a big issue, although expense account-type places are probably the wrong vibe (and speed) -- time is the main problem here.

I have heard Primeburger on 51st and Madison makes a good burger and might be a good option. Has anyone been here?

She's a picky eater, so no sushi or spicy cuisines, but it should be good food -- I refuse to eat substandard tourist sludge. Thanks to all!

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  1. La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. (5 short blocks from Rock Center), is a sweet French bistro with good food and lots more on the menu than just good soups. If you tell them that you have very strict time constraints, I'm sure they'll get you out quickly.

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    1. re: RGR

      We went here tonight and it was a cute little place. The service was a little hectic (it was very busy), but it was fast, as requested, and we were in and out of there in under an hour and half. It was also VERY inexpensive -- a good value.

      Had the french onion soup and it was delicious. Sis-in-law enjoyed her minestrone, and my husband liked his burger. Thanks for a good rec.

      BTW, for those of you on a similar mission but with less picky eaters, I noticed a few very busy Japanese restaurants on the same block.

      1. re: oolah

        Thanks for reporting back. If you were there pre-theater, which sounds likely, no surprise that it was so busy. Glad it worked out well for you.

    2. Thanks, RGR. I made a resy and I'll post back and let you know how it goes.

      1. Dishes on 45th betw 5th and Madison. AWESOME!

        1. Don't do Prime Burger. It's a great little diner-style burger joint...but way too much of a dive/lunch counter than you probably want.

          You may try The Modern at the MoMA -- I think their bar menu is extensive, and probably can be turned around fast (53rd street). Another good option could be the cafe inside Saks 5th Avenue, I think it's called Snaks. Supposed to have a great lobster BLT.

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          1. re: mms

            It's good to have this information, but note that the o.p. posted today that she went to La Bonne Soupe.