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

Brit on a Trip Apr 22, 2007 10:03 AM

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?



  1. l
    Lisamaria Apr 23, 2007 09:46 PM

    Breakfast at Normas (parker meridian hotel) , Le Pain Quotidien, Sarabeths (central park south).

    1. ChefJune Apr 23, 2007 09:45 AM

      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
        lanamonster Apr 23, 2007 03:55 PM

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

      2. ballulah Apr 23, 2007 08:59 AM

        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
          chamorrofoodie Apr 23, 2007 09:39 AM

          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
            jsgjewels Apr 23, 2007 09:47 AM

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

            1. re: jsgjewels
              ballulah Apr 23, 2007 10:38 AM

              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
                ChefJune Apr 23, 2007 11:25 AM

                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
                  1uc7 Apr 23, 2007 08:02 PM

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

        2. s
          scooter Apr 23, 2007 07:35 AM

          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. r
            RGR Apr 22, 2007 05:25 PM

            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.


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            1. re: RGR
              jakew8 Apr 22, 2007 07:27 PM

              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. d
              debraksolomon Apr 22, 2007 03:56 PM

              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. re: debraksolomon
                LFeinberg Apr 22, 2007 06:58 PM

                Good call...Estatorio Milos?

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