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Need Quick(ish), Good Place for Dinner near 40th and Madison

lucyj Aug 28, 2007 11:08 AM

I need somewhere to take may family tomorrow night near 40th and Madison that is good but I only have an hour, but preferably not a stand and not somewhere with counter service. We'll be going early (5ish) so lines shouldn't be a problem. Open to any type of food. I've heard something about Penelope's and Sophie's, but don't know much about either. Thanks!!!

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  1. MMRuth RE: lucyj Aug 28, 2007 02:07 PM

    You might want to also look into the dining room and cafe at the Morgan Library - I've had a good snack there, and the menu looked lovely.


    Sorry - just checked - no dinner on Wednesdays.

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      travpard RE: lucyj Aug 28, 2007 02:11 PM

      i think the Sophie's at 40th& Lex is still closed. There is one at 34 & Mad. Its good, fast Cuban food. It is counterservice, but fresh.

      on 41st between Mad & 5th are a couple Japanese places that are quick and have some interesting things besides sushi. Also counterservice, but very good.

      1. sivyaleah RE: lucyj Aug 28, 2007 02:21 PM

        Trying to keep it as local to where you need to be:

        Evergreen (Chinese), East 38th between 5th & Madison.
        Chez Laurence (French Bistro), Corner Madison and East 38th, East side
        Salute (Italian), Madison Avenue, @ East 39th (you probably can get out in about in hour)
        Salmon River (Seafood), East 40th between 5th & Madison

        None of these will kill your wallet too badly, all decent food, decent atmospheres and sevice too. I could think of more if you want to venture further.

        I will 2nd Sophies Cuban if you don't mind being @ 33rd & Madison. Inexpensive, no atmosphere to speak of but the food is darn good.

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          lucyj RE: sivyaleah Aug 28, 2007 06:54 PM

          ok thanks, probably will check out Sophies then, they love good Cuban food. Thanks for the suggestions!

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          rsimmons179 RE: lucyj Aug 29, 2007 02:32 PM

          The Turkish restaurant on the corner (very simple Turkish name I can't remember) gets strong raves. They have to serve fish.

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            BaconBits RE: rsimmons179 Aug 29, 2007 07:33 PM

            Are you talking about Pera? It's on Madison between 42nd and 41st. Super tasty - but I wouldn't say quick.

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