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Restaurant recs?? (near 50th bet 2nd & 3rd)

mosey Jun 1, 2007 10:22 AM


Can anyone recommend a restaurant between 50-55th and 2nd/3rd? Any type of cuisine--just looking for someplace nice-ish (for boyfriend's mom) and moderately priced. Thanks in advance!!

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    nyebaby37 RE: mosey Jun 1, 2007 10:26 AM

    we went to portofino grille last year, 62nd ish and 2nd, not expensive, cute decor and tasty food. www.portofinogrille.com

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      esyle RE: mosey Jun 1, 2007 10:29 AM

      Sip Sak is very tasty moderately priced Turkish, 2nd Ave b/t 49th and 50th.

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        fullmanti RE: mosey Jun 1, 2007 10:53 AM

        I really liked Montparnasse on 51st near 3rd. French bistro, good food, nice place.

        1. jmo9 RE: mosey Jun 1, 2007 12:06 PM

          Pampano is very nice and tasty!

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            MMRuth RE: jmo9 Jun 1, 2007 12:08 PM

            I agree - and I don't know if you are going for lunch or dinner, but they have a reasonable and tasty prix fixe at lunch.

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              kelea RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2007 12:16 PM

              I just had Pampano for lunch. While the food was great, service made me never think about going there again. Our waiter was very pushy and showed his disappointment when we didn't order cocktails or desserts. The bus boys were constantly hovering over us, waiting to take everything away.

              Smorgas Chef is a Swiss restaurant on 49th and 2nd which is very quaint and deilcious. I'd stick to typical cuisince like their meatballs and lamb rather than their salads.

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                MMRuth RE: kelea Jun 1, 2007 12:46 PM

                Sorry to hear that - I've only been once - I'm sure we didn't have alcohol of any kind, but did have a dessert. Luck of the draw I guess!

                Have been meaning to try Smorgas Chef since Ulrika's closed - it is Swedish, right?

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                  egit RE: kelea Jun 1, 2007 01:08 PM

                  Jubilee on 54th between 2nd and 1st. It looks like a dump from the outside, but inside is rather nice. And the food is very good. I'm not a fan of the food at Montparnasse.

                  You'll absolutely need a rez at Jubilee though.

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                  fershore RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2007 01:29 PM

                  We recently had a fabulous lunch at Pampano after reading about it on this board. We sat on the outdoor upstairs deck. Will definitely return.


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                blanchita121 RE: mosey Jun 1, 2007 01:50 PM

                Chin Chin is supposed to be really good Chinese that is a little pricey (I won't know personally until I eat there tomorrow). There's also Sushi Rose if you want sushi/Japanese.

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                  egit RE: blanchita121 Jun 1, 2007 01:54 PM

                  Sushi Rose is gone. There are a couple newer yakitori places along 52nd street now. Haven't been to either, but I think they're a little more authentic japanese than your standard sushi "maki house."

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