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May 17, 2007 08:47 AM


My 76 year old mother will be staying at the Sheraton near Times Square. She is looking for restaurant ideas. Here are her criteria: any cuisine but Asian, quiet atmosphere, anywhere that she can easily get a cab back to the Sheraton, $15-$25 entrees. Any suggestions?

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  1. Dervish, if she goes *after* the pre-theater rush.

    1. That Sheraton is up on 53rd Street. There are plenty of good options within walking distance, assuming she's ambulatory. How about Petrossian, on 58th and Seventh? Molyvos, on Seventh between 55th and 56th? Both have quite agreeable cuisines and are relatively calm, even when they're busy.

      1. There's Sarabeth's, on Central Park South somewhere between 5th & 7th Aves ... she might enjoy that - open for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

        1. You can try La Bonne Soupe *48 W 55th St btwn 5th & 6th Ave) or La Mangeoire (1008 2nd Ave @ 53rd St). Both are lovely French Bistro that are family-, kids, and elderly friendly. Solid food and good service.

          1. Rene Pujol, which has been in its townhouse location on 51st St., b/t 8th & 9th Avs., for more than 50 years, serves very good French cuisine. There's a $24 lunch prix-fixe, and a $44 prix-fixe at dinner. Good service and pleasing decor. In the evening, it's best to reserve after 7:45 when the pre-theater rush is over, and it's much quieter. Though they get a mixed clientele, it's senior-friendly.


            La Petite Auberge, one of our favorite French bistros, is a cab ride away, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th Sts. They're celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, and the food continues to be solidly prepared and delicious. There's an excellent wine list. Service is efficient. The cozy interior has the feel of a little inn in Britanny, which is where the owners came from. The clientele tilts mature. There should not be a problem getting a cab to go back uptown.


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            1. re: RGR

              Thanks for the great ideas. Are there any hotel dining rooms you'd reccomend?

              1. re: trishottawa

                She might love the Carlyle, if she likes good old-fashioned fancy French fare. It's in the Carlyle Hotel, entrance on Madison Avenue just north of East 76th Street.

                1. re: Tom Steele

                  And if she's one to enjoy a cocktail (albeit a pricey one - $19 for their "special" cocktail concoctions), she might enjoy Bemelman's Bar. Wonderful home made potato chips too.

                2. re: trishottawa

                  You can also try Country at the Carlton Hotel (90 Madison Ave). While the main dining room is a bit formal, the cafe will be great for your mom an. They serve all day lunch and dinner, and it is a short cab ride from your hotel.

                  1. re: trishottawa

                    Gaby's in the Sofitel (45th and 6th). Been awhile since I've been there. Was always v. good food, quiet. Went to many biz breakfasts and lunches there when I worked across the street. I believe Algonquin is in the neighborhood too.