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I am visiting NYC from SF and meeting some friends (not foodies) from NJ for dinner. They are coming into Penn Station and I'd like to make things easy for them with no transit issues (subway or locations to return with no cabs available).

Any recommendations for a nice dinner close to Penn Station. Keens has been recommended, but is too expensive. Happy to pay $25 or so for entrees

Other suggestions have been

Cooper's Tavern 481 8th Avenue at 35th Street -

Mustang Harry's 7th and 29th or Mustang Sally's - on 7th and 28th - pub food

Nick and Stef's Steak House 9 Pennsylvania Plaza
(33rd Street b/w 7th and 8th Avenues

less close

Serge which is at 32nd and Madison

Just to complicate matters, dinner is tomorrow night so we need a place we can get in.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Tir Na Nog is right across 8th Ave. from Penn Station. Good Irish (not really pub) food, reasonable prices. They're crowded at rush hour, less so later on.

    http://www.tirnanognyc.com/dinner.php

    1. can you venture 5-10 blocks north or south? you will find many more options that way. there is nick & stefs close by.

      1. Keens has a pub room with less expensive entrees that would fit within your budget.

        1. I don't think there is too much of a price difference between Nick & Stef's and Keen's and Keen's is much better. If you choose the pub room at Keen's it will be even less

            1. You can stay in Penn station go to the LIRR level and go to Tracks bar & Grill I heard they have good food and a raw bar, Soft shell crabs are in to

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              1. re: howster

                I've been to Tracks for oysters, which were good & inexpensive, but it's not a "nice" place at all. It's a long, narrow, cramped bar room, underground.

                1. re: small h

                  I know it isnt the nicest place but the food is good and she did want to make it convient for her friends to get to a place with out extara traveling thats why I mentioned tracks

                  1. re: small h

                    Yes, the bar area is "long, narrow, cramped". But there is a "dining space" in the back (if you go past the area where the raw stuff is). It's a few booths (maybe 7 or 8) and a bunch of tables. It's not fancy or anything; but if you're eating it's way better than the bar area. And, yes, for convenience, it's the best you'll find.