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57th St & 6th Ave - Casual to "midscale" dinner recs please

I'll be staying at the Buckingham Hotel for our 3 night stay and am looking for somewhere nearby for our first dinner.

Nothing too formal as we are likely to be tired from travelling. Not Italian as we have plans for another night. Steak might suit very nicely if there was somewhere "Luger-ish" nearby. But all things considered.

Breakfast recs in the area also much appreciated.

Where do you recommend for this travelling Brit & Mrs Brit?

TIA.

John

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  1. Milos on 55th st. beetween 6-7th ave. is wonderful. You may not be able to book a table but you can eat at the bar. The room is really beautiful and relaxed. It can be a bit costly, depending on your orders, but I feel it's worth every cent.

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    1. Quality Meats, a steakhouse, is very close to your hotel, on 58th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. I've not been, but the reports I've read indicate that the steaks are quite good.

      http://www.qualitymeatsnyc.com/

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      1. re: RGR

        I recommend Quality Meats. The steaks there were very high quality and I had a nice meal overall. Expensive though. (But what good steak place isn't?)

      2. La Bonne Soupe
        48 W 55th St (btw 5th & 6th aves)

        is an inexpensive bistro, gets a lot of positive chatter here. I think of it more as a lunch place, but if you really were in the mood for something modest...

        1. There's quite a nice restaurant right there, Rue 57. It's big and attractive and has a widely varying menu. I've had many good lunches and breakfasts there, but it can be quite pricey.

          Mangia on 57th between 5th & 6th Aves does a good breakfast.

          I have an idea, and it's not steak, but it IS something you must experience while you're visiting the US, and it's also right there on 57th between 6th & 7th Aves. What about a classic burger from the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien? You might have to wait a bit because the place is small and popular, but it's great!

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          1. re: ballulah

            While it always seems to be crowded, I personally didn't like Rue 57. It's a personal thing of mine to be weary of French bistro/brasseries that also serve Sushi.

            1. re: chamorrofoodie

              I second that. Really overpriced for the quality, more of an after-work midtown scene than a quality restaurant.

              1. re: jsgjewels

                I've had lunch there a handful of times at the behest of my lunch companions, and I've found if you stick to the basics it's perfectly alright. It's nothing to write home about, but it's right across from the Buckingham. You're both probably right about dinner.

                1. re: ballulah

                  There are so many better places in the area than Rue 57 that I couldn't possibly recommend it... even if it is across the street from their hotel. If they walk a few steps farther, they can have much better food for their money -- and atmosphere, too.

                  If they hadn't said "no Italian," I would have also suggested San Domenico. It's almost around the corner on Central Park South, and so fab!

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    Agreed, I'd recommend Brasserie 8-1/2 over Rue 57 if they must stay on that street.

          2. Beacon at 25 West 56th Street (between 5th and 6th) great American food with wood-fired oven featured on many dishes. Food is excellent, and there's no corkage charge on Sunday nights...

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            1. re: ChefJune

              I like breakfast at the branch of Pain Quotidien, at 58th st and 7th ave