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Friday night @ Met Museum..dinner after....

Any advise for a nice, casual dinner after a visit to the Met? We have italian, deli, and pizza on the "books" already. We will be staying at the Affinia Dumont 34 btwn Lex and 3rd (or something close to that), and we will be visiting the Met until 8:30 or so that evening. Any advise for a nice dinner for three (hubby, me and mom) in either area? Sushi is about the only cuisine we don't eat.....good chinese might be a thought...not sure if that's an option in the area I'm speaking of, though.

Thanks for any and all advise! As always, you guys are great!

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Ooops....that would be art.....thanks for the reminder to clarify

      1. re: twobluecats

        There is a lovely newish place called Square Meal on E. 92nd - great "comfort" food - byob - there are several wine stores nearby on Madison. Wu Liang Ye on E. 86th is a great choice for Chinese. These are both near the museum. Chin Chin is a nice Chinese option en route back to your hotel.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Second the Chinese rec for Wu LIang Ye. Also recommend Beyoglu, a Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant on 81st (I think) and 3rd Ave. Delicious food served in a great space.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

          1. re: LeahBaila

            I'm a big fan of Table d'Hote and have used it as a post-museum dinner spot when taking dates to the Met. It's French on 92nd between Madison & Park. Small, cute, can get busy, but the food is delicious and the service is spot-on. I recall 2 glasses of wine, an appetizer, and 2 main dishes, and 1 desert coming out to around $120 with tax and tip, if price is a deciding factor for you.

            1. re: fishermb

              Neighborhood bistro is Demarchelier at 50 East 86. Very much a throwback to another era. Caffe Grazie is on East 84th bet Mad & 5th. Both menus can be seen on menupages.com

              1. re: Jane A.

                Have you had good meals recently at Demarchelier? We had a negative experience too far back for it to "count", and haven't been back, but would love for it to be good.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  MMRuth - I'd give it an adequate and better than we expected. Had a concert at St. Ignatius and needed something that was an easy walk. Large portions - good for sharing - and they had Dover sole which always makes me happy. I wouldn't list it as a destination, but if in the neighborhood and wanting something informal (by UES standards), I'd go back. I have a series at St. Ig's and we're always looking for something easy and very down-dressed - comfy clothes for un-comfy pews!

                  1. re: Jane A.

                    Thanks - that's good to know - we were turned off at one point for non-chow reasons I can no longer remember - which means we should try it again as it is in our neighborhood! And I love Dover Sole.

              2. re: fishermb

                I generally like it too - but recently another hound went for brunch, I think, and had a negative experience - maybe G3B? - and that's made me more reluctant to recommond it myself, since I've not been for a while, though it is less than a block from me.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I wouldn't expect it to be good for brunch. Too old-fashioned French in mentality and attitude - brunch just isn't a French concept! MMRuth - the attitude may be what put you off way back when. It's all more than a little bit retro.

                  1. re: Jane A.

                    My brunch comment was about Table d'Hote (in reply to fishermb), and I think it was the attitude at DeMarchelier that turned me off now that I think about it - we stopped in to confirm that they served "real" lunch on the weekends, not brunch, and the hostess sort of rudely shoved some menus at us.