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katesprings Aug 22, 2007 02:00 PM

My three sisters and I are staying at the Holiday Inn in Midtown to see a taping of one of the TV shows. Can you recommend some good but reasonable eats in this area. Also, is it possible to see a play or broadway show on a Sunday evening? I was there in May and went to a on-the-street discount place for tickets.

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    kam0424 Aug 22, 2007 06:43 PM

    I live right around the corner! For cheap mexican lunch, get burrito box on 9th between 57th and 58th (bbq chicken taco). For dinner, Whym is nice, Ralph's is fantastic italian (and cheap!) Down 9th Ave, Nook is byob and wonderful! Further down is Riposo 46, a really nice wine bar with a delicious berry martini for dessert. There's good fondue at kashkaval. Thai Basil is good cheap thai, the apps are wonderful. There are also some fun restaurants in Time Warner Center, landmarc has good breakfast, as well as Sarabeths on CPW (best brunch!). You could also walk up to the 70s and go to Alices Tea Cup for brunch or afternoon tea. By the lincoln center fountain, rosa mexicano has great guacamole and ritas. Sorry this is a bit all over the place, let me know if you are looking for more specific ideas.

    1. LeahBaila Aug 23, 2007 05:54 AM

      El Centro for yummy Mex food, Island Burger, Nook, Kashkaval

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        idia Aug 23, 2007 06:25 AM

        I believe most, if not all, broadway theaters are dark on Sunday evenings.
        However, many now have a 3 pm show. Then you could have dinner afterwards.
        I would suggest Rosa Mexicano at 62nd & Broadway acrioss from Lincoln Center.
        It will be kind to your pocketbook.

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          RGR Aug 23, 2007 09:58 AM

          Along 9th Av., from the 50's down through the high 30's, you will find lots of restaurants serving an array of cuisines. Two options for good food at reasonable prices:

          Uncle Nick's, b/t 50th & 51st. - Greek
          Old San Juan, b/t 51st & 52nd - Puerto Rican

          You can see menus for both on Menupages.com.

          Sosa Borella, on 8th Av., b/t 50th & 51st, serves an interesting combination of Italian and Brazilian cuisines.

          http://www.sosaborella.com

          Re: B'way shows. Occasionally, a show will do a benefit performance on a Sunday evening (higher ticket prices). Otherwise, as idia said, theaters are dark on Sunday evenings. The TKTS booth has been temporarily re-located to the Marriott Hotel, on 46th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av.

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            holland_oats Aug 23, 2007 11:00 AM

            re: old san juan -- aside from the seafood paella always being dried out & sandy, there's overly loud music, uber-tacky holiday decor always up on the walls (i assume right now they've got halloween pumpkins at the ready), and it's fully stocked with waiters who could give a shit. steer clear!

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              RGR Aug 23, 2007 12:22 PM

              We haven't been to Old San Juan in quite a while. While it was decor-deficient and seating was a bit tight, we had no service problems. As for the food, the empanadas were good, and the arroz con pollo was tasty.

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            Dedicated Fresser Aug 23, 2007 11:09 AM

            Mangia, on the south side of 57th just east of Sixth, is a good stop for a quick lunch. It's like a gourmet version of your college cafeteria -- chaotic, crowded, loud. Large salad bar, grilling station (filet mignon, salmon, mahi mahi, etc.), two sandwich departments (one as you walk in, the other at the back wall), pizzas, soups, smoothies, French pastries, etc. All pretty good quality, but you'll pay dearly. Notwithstanding the prices, I think it's one of the better on-the-go lunch stops in the area, and it's nice after the lunch rush has passed. There is also a sit-down restaurant upstairs, which I haven't tried, but have heard very good things.

            1. Jel212 Aug 23, 2007 12:53 PM

              I've had many good lunches and dinners here. The crepes, omlettes, and quiche are all amazing (and come with salad, and fantastic table bread). My friends love the soup, too.
              http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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