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May 8, 2008 02:51 AM

Need inexpensive restaurant near Studio 54

We will be at Studio 54 for a matinee show this Sunday. We need an inexpensive restaurant for after the show. Thanks for your help!

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  1. It would be helpful to know what cuisine(s) you prefer, as well as your per person budget for food only so we can judge what you mean by "inexpensive." That said, Old San Juan, on 9th Av., b/t 51st & 52nd, serves large portions of good Puerto Rican/Latin American food. You can see the menu and prices on

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    1. re: RGR

      RGR, have you been to Old San Juan recently? According to many of the reviews on menupages the ownership has changed and it's gone downhill, which would be a shame. The churrasquito was absolutely the best budget steak deal in NY.

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        Hey, Peter,

        We've only been there once, and it was quite a long time ago. We shared empanadas and a large cast iron pot filled with arroz con pollo. All quite tasty. Frankly, I don't pay much attention to the reviews on Menupages. But if it's true that an ownership changes = a downhill alert, that would be too bad.

    2. Grab some Mexican food and a margarita at El Centro...54th and 9th

      1. We are also attending that matinee...My daughter is a vegetarian who resents having to eat side dishes or being at a place with only one vegetarian option. She does eat eggs, dairy and fish-not seafood-so I guess she's an ovolactopescatarian. That said, I'll eat almost anything except cilantro and pork. I'd prefer sushi or French. I've been to the Cosmic Diner around the corner from Studio 54 and while it was a perfectly ok choice for the day I was there, I'm not so sure it would be for Sunday. As it will be Mother's Day, is there a slim chance that we could go someplace where we wouldn't find enormous crowds? Also; we don't need to be around Studio 54 but it would be convenient.

        1. Any suggestions do not necessarily have to be restricted to inexpensive places although I'd rather not spend $100 for lunch!!