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What's a good dinner option near MoMA, midweek?

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Need some chowhound help --

I'm hardly ever up in midtown - but I'm looking for a place for dinner, midweek, after the MoMA. Taking a friend who may not be totally comfortable in a stiff, white table cloth establishment, but we want good, tasty food. Doesn't need to be a scene. Entrees in the $26 - 36 range is ok. Cheaper is fine too, just don't know if it's findable in the 'hood.

I've been to the back bar area of the new Aquavit and that's my fall back. I've never the dining room there - thoughts? too formal?

Been to Cafe Gray, love it -- but only drinks and appetizers, menu seems a little pricey for what it is. But I'm open to dining there... with a strong reco.

Also, anyone been to the Modern?

Opinions are welcomed! And eagerly awaited. Thanks!

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  1. The Modern!! but i would choose bar and bar menu-prefer it and atmosher over dining room! Try the tuna appetizer!!! soooo good.

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      Definitely The Modern.
      For more casual, right next door is La Bonne Soupe for soups, sandwiches and salads.

      1. re: UES Mayor

        wow - thanks! that certainly would be easy. I like the idea of the bar/bar menu.

      2. Modern hands down, though it might be difficult getting a table

        China Grill is near by (right across the street in the CBS building), which is more lo-key, but tasty

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        1. re: attractivekid

          thanks for the back up plan! I have a table in the bar room in the Modern. Thanks for the help!