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Where should we go for early dinner/drinks for 8 people??

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becky315 Aug 1, 2007 12:43 PM

Coming in from Philly for the day (a Saturday), but need to be on the train to a game at the Meadowlands by 6:30pm or so - I'm looking for a decent restaurant that will take reservations for 8 people, but that will serve early, maybe 4pm or even all day? I'm hoping we can find something for dinner, or even small plates, we're staying near Times Square (I know - total tourists) We just don't want to stand out as tourists :) Thanks for your help!

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    RGR RE: becky315 Aug 1, 2007 01:32 PM

    Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. Very good homestyle Italian food served by friendly, efficient waiters in a large space with attractive decor. They stay open all afternoon, and they take reservations. Their website is down for refurbishment right now, but you can see the menu on Menupages. (Note: The geographical coordinates (b/t 6th & 7th Avs) on Menupages are *not* correct.)

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

    Uncle Nick's, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts., serves tasty Greek food in a pleasant taverna-style setting. They stay open throughout the afternoon. I believe they take reservations, but if not, it's a large place and in mid-afternoon, I'm guessing even a group your size should have no trouble getting a table.

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

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      elizabeththinks RE: RGR Aug 1, 2007 01:47 PM

      Any general or specifics recs for ordering at Trecolori?

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        RGR RE: elizabeththinks Aug 1, 2007 02:00 PM

        I like their pastas. When we were there a few weeks ago, I had one that was a special -- homemade pasta with ingredients that included chunks of sausage. On the regular menu, I like the Penne Arrabiata. Soups are always tasty, but I only order those during the winter. Last time, I had an excellent salad, which was also a special. For dessert, nothing beats the seriously delicious tiramisu.

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          elizabeththinks RE: RGR Aug 2, 2007 06:43 AM

          Thanks! Will be adding this to the list.

    2. LeahBaila RE: becky315 Aug 1, 2007 01:52 PM

      El Centro for great margaritas and Mexican food...54th and 9th.

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        idia RE: LeahBaila Aug 1, 2007 02:11 PM

        Marseille

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          RGR RE: idia Aug 1, 2007 03:54 PM

          While Marseille is an excellent brasserie, they do not stay open all afternoon, and dinner service starts at 5:15. Not enough time to eat and make a 6:30 train, especially when there are eight people involved.

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        roze RE: becky315 Aug 1, 2007 04:06 PM

        Lunch at Landmarc in the Time Warner building maybe?

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