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W. 45th restaurant suggestion?

myrtleavenj Apr 12, 2007 06:48 PM

I'm treating my parents, who are coming in from out of town, to a show and lunch. The show is on 45th between 8th/Broadway. Looking for a restaurant that is within 2 blocks away. They are NOT adventurous eaters and like staid, Upper East side type restaurants for the well-heeled, business set.
Any suggestions? Price for lunch could be $60/person (including glass of wine, not tip). Any French, Italian, or steakhouse restaurants to recommend on 46th or 47th?

  1. erlinflask Apr 14, 2007 02:35 PM

    Lattanzi on 46th is my grandparents' favorite Italian place, and they are Upper East side type restaurant people as well.

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      RGR Apr 14, 2007 08:33 AM

      Since you say they like "staid, Upper East side type restaurants for the well-heeled, business set," perhaps, the Round Table Room, at the Algonquin Hotel, would be a comfortable fit for them. It is a bit further than your 2-block radius -- 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th.

      http://www.algonquinhotel.com/nav_restaurants.html (Scroll down to view the menu.)

      On Restaurant Row (46th, b/t 8th & 9th), Le Rivage, the old-style French bistro, serves decent versions of the classics.


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      1. re: RGR
        myrtleavenj Apr 14, 2007 07:12 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions.
        I was at Rivage once and I think they might like it. Will check out Lattanzi too.
        re Barbetta's--I actually went to Barbetta's a few years ago. I'm surprised so many people here like it. Maybe we had a bad meal. But I thought food was mediocre, not worth the price.
        Anyway, thanks...

      2. LFeinberg Apr 13, 2007 09:54 AM

        What about good ol' John's Pizza?

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          ballulah Apr 13, 2007 10:09 AM

          I was afraid to say it! I've limited myself to only one mention per day! Hahaha.

          1. re: ballulah
            LFeinberg Apr 13, 2007 10:51 AM

            :) I tried, but couldn't resist!

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            jinet12 Apr 13, 2007 07:28 PM

            Oh yeah...That would be my pick!

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            jsgjewels Apr 13, 2007 09:23 AM

            Haven't heard good things about pigalle aside from the affordable brunch. I mean how good can a 24 hour brasserie be? For Italian you could try Vice Versa on 51st between 8th and 9th and they have a sister restaurant on 44th I think called Etc Etc.

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            1. re: jsgjewels
              Arlen Apr 13, 2007 10:01 AM

              I live right in that area and can report that Pigalle is just okay. Good in a late-night pinch, but definitely not an ideal pre-theatre lunch spot.

              I'd recommend:

              La Masseria (Italian), 235 W 48th St., b/t 8th & Bway
              Marseilles (French/Med), 9th & 44th
              Thalia (New American), 8th & 48th
              The Palm West (Steakhouse), 50th b/t 8th & Bway

            2. ballulah Apr 13, 2007 09:10 AM

              Hmmm...if you're looking for a steakhouse, and a well-heeled UES business set kind of place, you might want to consider Shula's Steakhouse at the Westin. I haven't tried the one in NYC, but I had dinner at Shula's at the Westin in Indianapolis and enjoyed my meal. It's on 43rd and 8th.

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                adam Apr 13, 2007 07:25 AM

                Marseilles, on 9th Avenue, could work.

                1. Striver Apr 13, 2007 06:39 AM

                  There was a recent discussion about Barbetta's on w.46th - sounds like it would fill the bill for you (literally and figuratively).

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                  1. re: Striver
                    LFeinberg Apr 13, 2007 08:15 AM

                    Is this for today or tomorrow? If so, the weather is going to be in the mid-50's and sunny both days, which makes Barbetta's outdoor garden a perfect choice.

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                    mopotofu Apr 12, 2007 07:17 PM

                    Try Pigalle at 48th & 8th Ave. There are also a lot of choices at "Restaurant Row", 46th St. between 8th & 9th Ave.

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