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Dinner Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.

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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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

          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

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

        4. 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

            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

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

          2. 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.

            1. 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

                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

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

                  http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

              2. 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.

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

                  http://www.caffegrazie.com

                2. 81st and 3rd...check out Beyoglu. Great Med/Turkish cuisine served in a nice atmosphere.

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                  1. re: LeahBaila

                    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

                      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

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