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Dinner around the E. 50's (with a downtown feel)

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Two of us are looking for a place for a Saturday night dinner in May. I live downtown but due to some unavoidable circumstances we're going to have to eat around the E. 50's (with some flexbility), so I'm not as familiar with the area. Neither of us is interested in anything too stuffy. We just want some great food and good cocktails or wine list. Looking to spend $30 or less for entree's. Not picky about what type of food, just really good! Thanks!!

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  1. There is a dos caminos that just opened up in the 50's on 3rd. They have good food, cocktails and has a cool vibe!

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    1. re: JMRB

      Thanks for the suggestion. I should have mentioned we would rather not go to Rosa Mexicano or Dos Caminos. It's not to say we don't want Mexican food, just not the chains. :)

      1. re: jdream

        A Mexican that would fit your bill is Maya on 1st Ave and 64th.

        1. re: jdream

          Maya's chef, Richard Sandoval, is also in charge of the kitchen at Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. Delicious modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Tasty mixed drinks. Pleasant atmospherics with an upbeat vibe. If the weather is conducive, you can dine on the very nice terrace.

          http://www.modernmexican.com/pampano

          1. re: RGR

            Great recommendation-- thanks so much! I'm also open to things other than Mexican if you have any other ideas, but I'll definitely look into Pampano and Maya!

            1. re: jdream

              Since you did say "E. 50's (with some flexibility)...," if you're willing to go a bit west of the east side, I highly recommend Amalia, on W. 55th, b/t B'way & 7th. Delicious New American/Mediterranean cuisine. Large space, nicely-divided, with beautiful decor and, overall, definitely a hip feel. Their website -- http://www.malia-nyc.com -- is still under construction, but you can view the menu on Menupages.

              http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

      2. I dont know about a downtown feel but if you like Chinese, Chin Chin on 49th street is delicious and there is Jubilee on 54th which is French bistro with great mussels and steak frites.

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        1. re: MellieMac

          I agree, Jubilee has great mussels and fries-- was just looking for something a little more fun...