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Feb 5, 2008 03:13 PM

Midtown 3rd Ave & 55

I'll be here for four days and am looking for good anything -- Asian, American, French, etc. I can walk to. Mid to upscale is fine. Thanks so much!

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  1. Smith & Wollensky's & Wollensky's Grill, corner of 3rd Av. & 49th St.

    Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. - Modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood

    Montparnasse, on 51st, b/t 2nd & 3rd - French bistro

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    1. re: RGR

      I also really like Pampano, and another option on that block of 49th Street is Chin Chin - upscale, but very good, Chinese. I recently had the crispy fried squid there and it was terrific - perfectly cooked, spicy, with scallions.

      Chin Chin
      216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

      Smith & Wollensky
      797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

      230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

      Pampano Taqueria
      805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

    2. Both on 58th St.: Felidia (Italian, upscale and expensive) and Chola (Indian, my favorite of the many Indian places on the street

      Edit: You may not be able to walk in to Felidia. But it's not packed every night, so call ahead.

      1. French: La Mangeoire, 2nd Ave @ 53rd; Cafe Joul, 1st Ave. bet. 58 & 59. If you want a lighter meal of really great pizza & wonderful salads, try Angelo's on 2nd Ave. @ 55th.

        1. Grand Sichuan Eastern serves up some great Chinese: 2nd Ave btw 55th and 56th

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            Grand Sichuan isn't bad, but I think Our Place on 55th between 3rd and Lexington is a better overall experience. Lunch special can't be beat.

          2. Take the short walk to La Bonne Soupe on 55th b/t 5th and 6th Ave. More than just great soup, and great choices on a prix fixe.

            And Menchanko-Tei is directly across the street with wonderful ramen and other Japanese delights.