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Is it possible to have $10-20 Dinner near Bryant Park?

sauga79 Oct 1, 2007 08:00 PM

So we're staying just north of Bryant Park and I am looking at the surrounding areas to eat. Many of the places have their dinner entrees in the $20-$35 range which is like a lot in our budget.

I am wondering if anyone could share their experience of somewhere nice in the area they went to but was reasonably priced.

We would be willing to walk away from Broadway to check out better restaurants that could give better value but also great experience.


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    sauga79 Oct 1, 2007 08:06 PM

    Hmm I've stumbled upon a St. Andrew's Prix-Fixe dinner that seems pretty reasonable in value.


    $29.95 - Appetizer, Entree, Desert, Coffee/Tea

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      Val55 Oct 1, 2007 08:21 PM

      Little Brazil is 46th Street between 5th and 6th. Perhaps someone can give you more specific recommendations. It is not highly regarded on this website, but I like Virgils bbq (44 st between 6th and 7th), and the pigout platter, which is more than enough for two (really, trust me), is like $24. John's pizza on 44th between 7th and 8th is not bad, reasonably priced and is beautiful inside.

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        foodforbrains Oct 1, 2007 09:45 PM

        Well there are tons of great places in that price range in Hell's Kitchen, which is not TOO far -- over on 9th ave. But for RIGHT there...Right around Bryant Park there's Szechuan Gourmet, which is excellent, 39th btw 5th and 6th.
        Minar is great cheap Indian: 46th between 6th and 7th I think. Closes pretty early, no atmosphere, just great cheap food.
        Walk over to 9th and go to Market Cafe (btw 37 and 38th st) or Pam Real Thai (49th btw 9th and 10th). You could also walk down to Curry Hill (the area on Lex btw 28 and 29) and go to any of the great Indian places there. My current favorite is Tiffin Wallah, on 28th between Park and Lex -- close to Lex. It's BYOB, so you can go there and drink good wine for cheap with your meal.

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        1. re: foodforbrains
          melon Oct 2, 2007 08:39 PM

          Second Curry Hill. Tiffin Wallah is good, so is Saravana Bhavan Dosa Hut, also on Lexington. I do that walk all the time; it's not as far as it sounds when you're new in town (at the risk of being presumptuous). Walking up and down Lexington between the 20s and 30s is a great time, there are also a bunch of fabric and spice stores to pop into. While you are there, stop in Kalustyan's for a good, long browse: http://www.kalustyans.com/

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          JMJD Oct 2, 2007 08:02 PM

          Lazzara's Pizza -- 38th between 7th and 8th, I think, 2nd floor. Nothing to look at, but good square pies and reportedly excellent chicken parm heroes. Caters more to a lunch crowd so you might want to check their hours.

          Otherwise heed everyone's advice and head over to Hell's Kitchen -- not much in that neighborhood in terms of cheaper sit-down meals.

          1. druz99 Oct 2, 2007 08:02 PM

            Shake Shack!!

            I like to eats.

            1. claireness Oct 2, 2007 08:27 PM

              A great selection of soups, sandwiches, and salads if you're not looking for a formal sit down. The WichCraft kiosks in Bryant Park are fantastic.

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              1. re: claireness
                claireness Oct 4, 2007 09:29 PM

                apologies sauga 79...i originally read the title of your post as LUNCH. duh.

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                sauga79 Oct 4, 2007 07:52 AM

                Thx guys for your recommendations!

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                1. re: sauga79
                  CalJack Oct 4, 2007 09:23 PM

                  Olympic Pita actually manages a pretty elegant interior atmosphere if you're willing to do middle-eastern/Israeli meats and salads, and the price range is right up your alley (though I find their takeout prices to be so far superior that I can rarely justify sitting down for a meal that translates into solid streetfood without too much trouble). It is literally just South of Bryant Park.

                  Tiffin Wallah and the rest of Curry Hill are admittedly within range and extremely reasonable (though you should stick to the Saravannah's on the East side of 26th & Lex rather than Saravannah Bhavan, if you want genuine southern Indian flavors ).

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                  fayth Oct 4, 2007 04:26 PM

                  I really enjoyed Scarlatto on W 47th. Pastas start at $9. Most entrees under $20. A variety of desserts (including molten chocolate) at $7. Nice atmosphere. See dinner menu at http://www.scarlattonyc.com/media/sca.... They have a lunch prix fixe at $14.95.

                  250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

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