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Friday dinner around 51st and Park?

stnj Dec 13, 2007 05:09 AM

Any suggestions for moderate priced (anything but Indian or Thai)?

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    fein RE: stnj Dec 13, 2007 06:02 AM

    Dos Caminos ,Fresco and PJ Clarkes.

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      smokedgouda RE: fein Dec 14, 2007 06:20 AM

      I second Fresco (not to be confused with Fresco - On the Go, next door).

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      xigua RE: stnj Dec 13, 2007 06:04 AM

      Recently had dinner at Caffe Linda on 49th st between Lexington 3rd. Comfortable Italian dining with moderate prices. Service is good, but pretty slow though.
      Dad loved his spicy black linguine.


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        LeahBaila RE: xigua Dec 13, 2007 03:55 PM

        Second Caffe Linda...delicious pastas! I think they have the best gnocchi w/ Bolognese sauce in town.

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        minniepop RE: stnj Dec 13, 2007 07:15 AM

        Haru on 48th between Park and Madison

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          xigua RE: minniepop Dec 14, 2007 05:30 AM

          I have not eaten in the restaurant, but have ordered multiple times in the past, and I would advise against Haru. The sushi is just not very fresh.
          For Japanese food in the area, Hatsuhana (on 48th St, bet 5th and Madison) and Ise (49th st, lex and 3rd) is better in my opinion.


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            smokedgouda RE: xigua Dec 14, 2007 06:19 AM

            I've eaten at Haru several times for lunch and always find their fish to be very fresh.

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          Jane A. RE: stnj Dec 13, 2007 07:59 AM

          If you head East into the residential district, you'll find lots of good neighborhood restaurants - check menus at menupages.com. Luna Piena - Italian, 53rd bet. 2nd & 3rd. La Mangeoire (French) 2nd & 53rd. La Mediterranee @ 50th & 2nd. Both have early Prix Fixe at about $25. There are loads of restaurants along 2nd Ave between 50th and 57th which could work for you, including Taksim - very casual Turkish - on 2nd around 54th.

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              MMRuth RE: jenniebnyc Dec 14, 2007 06:03 AM

              I really like Pampano, but think it can get quite pricey.

            2. doona RE: stnj Dec 14, 2007 07:21 AM

              I went to Gyu-Kaku in the east village last night but there is another one right by 51st and Park. It was so much fun!! They have an extensive menu of salads, soups, veggies and meats that you BBQ at tableside grills. I loved it! And you can make it really healthy and clean, or season it up however you like it.

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