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What's good for dinner near Grand Central Station?

2busymom Feb 4, 2008 03:02 PM

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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    RGR RE: 2busymom Feb 4, 2008 03:29 PM

    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.


    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.


    1. TrishUntrapped RE: 2busymom Feb 6, 2008 03:55 AM

      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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        RGR RE: TrishUntrapped Feb 6, 2008 06:27 AM

        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.


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        bob gaj RE: 2busymom Feb 6, 2008 04:22 AM

        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)

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          Jack_ RE: 2busymom Feb 6, 2008 05:49 AM

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

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            ESNY RE: 2busymom Feb 6, 2008 06:38 AM

            There's always Michael Jordan's steakhouse in Grand Central. Overlooks the main terminal and I've always had good steaks there.

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              RGR RE: ESNY Feb 6, 2008 06:45 AM

              We've been to Michael Jordan's once and had a pretty good steak there. However, 2busymom said the couple is "not on a big budget," and M.J. is expensive.

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              Avalondaughter RE: 2busymom Feb 6, 2008 06:53 AM

              How far of a walk are you willing to take? A short walk away if Belluno on 340 Lexington between 39th and 40th. It's a very common meeting place for my friends and family due to its proximity to GCS.

              I also love Naples 45. http://www.rapatina.com/naples45/ It's in the Met Life building. The pizza is to die for.

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                RGR RE: Avalondaughter Feb 6, 2008 07:29 AM

                You last meeting with friends and family must have been quite a while ago because Belluno has been closed for about 2 years.

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