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Dinner Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

badabingdesi Oct 31, 2007 08:40 AM

There are a lot of posts looking for lunch and brunch spots near the Met, but I am looking for a dinner place for Saturday night. I know Cafe Boulud but don't want something that pricey. Looking for a good dinner for 6 people (50-75 pp with drinks) in the area.

  1. LeahBaila Dec 29, 2007 09:05 AM

    81st and 3rd...check out Beyoglu. Great Med/Turkish cuisine served in a nice atmosphere.

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      douglas525 Dec 29, 2007 07:33 PM

      Beyoglu's mezzes are great, and probably the best value on that part of town. Although I've seen a couple of posts that say to stay away from the entrees, but that shouldn't be too hard because there's only like five of them. Ask if they have the lamb manti special.

      1. re: douglas525
        RGR Dec 30, 2007 08:24 AM

        Yes, Beyoglu's focus is on mezzes. However, the one time we ate there, my husband also ordered the donner kebab. I tasted some, and we both agreed it was excellent.

        1. re: RGR
          Striver Dec 30, 2007 01:46 PM

          We enjoyed our doner kebab as well, and don't neglect to order some apple tea to end the meal.

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      Jane A. Dec 29, 2007 08:28 AM

      I have a friend who lives up there and uses Caffe Grazie a lot. 26 East 84th - a quick stroll from the museum. The price on menupages.com looks about right.

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      1. re: Jane A.
        RGR Dec 29, 2007 08:40 AM

        Though not recently, we've had lunch at Caffe Grazie a couple of times, and the food's quite good.


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        gramercyfoodie Nov 1, 2007 04:50 AM

        I put a vote in for leaving the neighborhood and going to Second Avenue. Centolire is really not good...there are really not noteworthy dinner places on Madison. If you go to second you have some great options. let us know if you need ideas.

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        1. re: gramercyfoodie
          allieinbklyn Dec 29, 2007 08:06 AM

          I need some ideas on 2nd Ave? Looking for a dinner on Sunday for 4 ppl, preferably moderately priced. Ethnic is ok, does not necessarily need to be vegetarian friendly.

          1. re: allieinbklyn
            RGR Dec 29, 2007 08:22 AM

            Wu Liang Ye, on 86th, b/t 2nd & 3rd, serves very good Szechuan cuisine.


        2. Toot Oct 31, 2007 01:55 PM

          I second Le Refuge and Centolire. Both are good neighborhood places. Le Refuge has a good pre-fix deal if you go early. Another option is Triangolo, for inexpensive yet good Italian food.

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            mclaurie Oct 31, 2007 01:46 PM

            It's a very high rent district so expensive and there aren't that many options right nearby. King's Carriage House is a few blocks away and I think they have a prix fixe dinner for around $50/person but that's no drinks, tip or tax. Le Refuge is very nice but also can get pricey. Caffe Grazie is right across the street on 84th, but I'm not a fan.

            If you don't mind a 10 minute walk, head uptown on Madison to 92 st. to Table d'Hote for a nice French meal.

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            1. re: mclaurie
              brendastarlet Oct 31, 2007 01:50 PM

              If you don't mind walking a couple of blocks, Cafe Boulud.

              Table d'Hote is tiny, so book ahead if you go there.

              1. re: brendastarlet
                MMRuth Oct 31, 2007 01:51 PM

                Table d'Hote is a nice choice - and they have a good prix fixe.

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              idia Oct 31, 2007 12:56 PM

              Centolire - 1167 Madison
              You can Google a menu

              For a unique Italian eatery (but pricey) Giovanni Venti Cinque is one block from the Museum.
              You'll feel like you are in Verona.

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              1. re: idia
                MMRuth Oct 31, 2007 12:58 PM

                Idia - what do you like at Centolire - it's in our neighborhood, but we were less than impressed by our one visit. And I do wonder if they could get out of either of those places at their price point.

                1. re: MMRuth
                  idia Oct 31, 2007 02:31 PM

                  Hi MM:
                  Did you dine upstairs?
                  If I remember correctly, I had the beet salad ($15) and a roasted chicken special.($44)
                  I think you may be right that with a glass of wine, ($12) it might have put it over the top of $75 without dessert (which I don't always get) and tip.
                  I found the wait person to be warm, and always aiming to please.
                  Exactly what didn't you like about the place?
                  It has been a year since I've been there (my goal being to try every single solitary neat restaurant in NY before I kick the bucket!) [g]

                  1. re: idia
                    MMRuth Nov 1, 2007 04:38 AM

                    We went for lunch on a Sunday last summer - just thought the food was a bit ordinary and expensive for what it is. We also ate upstairs.

                  2. re: MMRuth
                    UES Mayor Nov 1, 2007 04:24 AM

                    MMRuth-I'm with you!! Been to Centrolire few times-not by choice-mainly business related-food is so so-nothing special Not much around Met-best to walk East where there are so many more choices on 3rd and 2nd Ave. Since they are going on Saturday-MAKE RESERVATIONS!

                  3. re: idia
                    financialdistrictresident Oct 31, 2007 01:30 PM

                    The Centolire menu is also on menupages.com (hopefully it's the current menu) :)

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