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What's good for dinner near Grand Central Station?

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My 21 y/o daughter and her boyfriend are planning a dinner a couple of Fridays from now. They are not on a big budget but want to have a decent meal. Nothing too exotic or fancy is necessary - Italian, steak/seafood/American type places would fit the bill. They'll be meeting up at Grand Central, hence the location. Any suggestions?

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  1. Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., serves very good Tuscan/New American cuisine in very attractive surroundings. In addition to the a la carte menu, they offer a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $35.

    http://cibonyc.com

    Fagiolini is on the corner of Lex & 39th St. I've never been but have heard good things about their Italian food. There's a short video on the website. The food shown certainly looks inviting, and the place seems to have pleasant decor and a nice vibe. Now, I really want to try it.

    http://www.fagiolini.com

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      1. I second Cibo, the prix fixe is a bargain and their chocolate souffle is excellent. If they want to actually stay in Grand Central, in the lower level food court there is a Mexican restaurant that seems popular with commuters (I think in part because of the margaritas). Don't know name or price.

        RGR been to Artisanal yet?

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          Hey, Trish,

          Not yet. I'd prefer to go off-hours as you did, but for various reasons, I won't be able to work that out for a while

          Re: the Mexican in GC. It's Zocalo.

          http://www.zocalonyc.com

        2. palm steakhouse is legendary, and only a couple blocks away (i think 44/2nd?)
          i was there a couple months back for the first time, and impressed, very good manhattan steakhouse.

          (their other stuff is more hit and miss; loved the tuna, some of the sides weren't that great)

          1. What about the Oyster Bar in GCT? I love sitting at the back counter and watching the chowder go out