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Mar 7, 2008 07:45 AM

Casual, moderately priced dinner for 3 tomorrow, vaguely midtown west and quiet enough for a conversation catching up on the last ten years...?

Two out-of-town guests who like anything but Indian; the main desires are a *quiet* place that won't charge more than about $150 for 3 (they're very modest drinkers).

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  1. If you reserve after 8 p.m.,i.e., post pre-theater rush and crush, most restaurants in Midtown West will be less busy and quieter. Here are a few options:

    Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., serves very tasty homestyle Italian fare. Friendly, efficient service. Attractive surroundings with well-spaced tables.

    Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., serves very good French/Mediterranean cuisine in an attractive brasserie setting. For the economy-minded, they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $35.

    West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th Avs., serves excellent New American cuisine. Low-key ambiance with pleasing decor and very comfortable seating.

    1. Le Madeleine on 9th Ave and 43rd. Quiet atmosphere with yummy well priced French food.

      4 Replies
        1. re: Chris VR

          OK, I got a rez tonight for Le Madeleine -- so it's still there for the moment!

          1. re: ajt13

            But now they've closed. They say that if you send your email to them at they will alert you to their reopening, if they reopen as they are hoping to.

            1. re: paul_bklyn

              Thanks for that info, paul_bklyn. I just sent off an email. We'll keep hoping that they return.