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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

    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

          1. 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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            1. re: ESNY

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: Avalondaughter

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