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Sep 19, 2007 07:35 PM

Help me feed a BF who likes QUANTITY

This is NOT the way I eat, I like quality over quantity, and will pay any reasonable price for quality. But, the BF (a P/T body builder) is obsessed with going to restaurants with large protein portions and relatively low prices (think 1/2 chicken meal at Chirpin Chicken, I know, I know...he's not from NYC). Boy, have I had my hands full coming up with places to eat where we will both be happy--him with the portion size and me with some semblance of good food. So, help me feed this hungry man while satisfying my need to find good quality food, while keeping an eye on value. Oh, he LOVES burgers if that helps. And yes, I took him to Le Burger Joint and while he liked it, he totally tripped on the "high" prices there (I know, I know...) as he had to have 2 burgers to feel "satisfied". Suggestions?? Westside locations preferable, but open to all neighborhoods.

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  1. Try the Pump Energy Food. I don't know if the food is tasty but their menus are designed for body builders.
    How about an Indian buffet? No burgers obviously but it's tasty and all you can eat. Chola on 58th st has a great lunch buffet.
    Instead of Chirping Chicken, go to Chicken Kitchen on 2nd ave @ 62nd st. Orders of magnitude better than Chirping Chicken. It's a total dive though.

    1. Pio Pio peruvian chicken on the UES, any of the "meal" style Italian places

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      1. re: CorgiLover

        Oh sorry, Corgilover. It took me so long to post, I didn't even see yours. Agree with Pio Pio obviously!

      2. Try Flor de Mayo, Pio Pio, and Gabriella's for massive quantities of inexpensive chicken. I have never been there, but it seems to me like your BF would be one to enjoy Plataforma, all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse. It may seem pricey to him, but it sounds as though he might be able to eat his money's worth.

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        1. re: cimui

          Plataforma inTribeca has a half price deal on Sunday's before 4. all my Brazilian clients swear by it!

          1. re: Sweatshirt Guy

            I mentioned this place to him last week, but we are saving for a big family get together. I know he will like it (though not the price per se, LOL). But I didn't know about the half price deal--will check out!!!

            1. re: Ora

              Then Chinatown and the "Family Style" Italian will work! In Chinatown try The NEw Big Wang on One Elizabeth. The 1/2 Crispy chicken with garlic chicken dish and a plate of greens works for me! On West 72nd Street between Columbus and CPW on the South side of the Street is a Family Style Italian that is not bad and cheaper then Carmine's. Flor de Mayo on Broadway and 101st is Good! The chicken there is much better then Chirpin Chicken and the beans are great! Also check the workplace Porto Rican luncheon/dinner places. The food is usually good, plentiful and reasonable. I go to one on 1st Avenue and 91st. Street but most areas have one or two. Hell's Kitchen is loaded with them.

              Tavern on Jane has great food and really good burgers. The Corner Bistro can be uneven but when the burger's are good they are good! The Stoned Crow on Washington Place and 6th Ave has good burger's also.
              I train hard and have to eat big to keep my weight up so I understand your man's dilemma! Have fun and I hope this help's!

              1. re: Sweatshirt Guy

                Family Style Italian you refer to on 72nd is called Sambuca. I've heard bad things about the place, however. Some of my big-eating friends in college loved La Mela in Little Italy, though I wouldn't exactly call that good eats.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I've been to La Mela several times. Its more of a B&T scene and the food isn't special at all. But, it is fun, in a unique way.

                  1. re: Ora

                    Friends recently came to town and wanted to go there. I was pleasantly surprised by the food but not by the check.

        2. Excellent bbq at Daisy May's, on 11th Av. & 46th St. The ribs are especially meaty, sides are tasty, portions are generous, and prices are quite reasonable. Service is cafeteria-style, so no tipping is required.

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          1. re: RGR

            And if not Daisy May's, R.U.B. has very generous portions, too. Chinatown is always cheap with very generous portions if your BF likes Asian.

            For Riodizio, if Plataforma is too expensive, you can try Brazil Grill around the corner in Midtown.

            1. re: JungMann

              Yes, we've already done Daisy Mae's, thanks.

            2. re: RGR

              I second Daisy Mae. Try the Memphis style ribs. They are sold by weight and are inexpensive. Also, for added protein, the beans are quite good.

            3. Mancora. 1st Ave and 6th St.