where to go around E50th area (near 2nd Ave)?
Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., serves excellent modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Not to be missed are the passion fruit mojito and the guacamole. The interior space is very attractive, and there's outdoor dining on their lovely second-floor terrace.
Montparnasse, on 51st St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Av., is a very pleasant French bistro. The food was nicely-prepared and tasty when we had dinner there, albeit quite some time ago. Perhaps Hounds who have been there more recently will chime in.