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gvogelge Jun 22, 2008 06:21 AM

Hello all-

My folks are coming up to the city next weekend, and I'm looking for options for Friday evening. On Wednesday, we are eating up north in Newburgh (where I live) and going for mainly seafood. On Thursday, mom and dad are getting Italian at a pre-theatre restaurant. So, we've got Friday open.

Mom likes very simple food - no sushi, or anything too far off the beaten path. Dad likes pretty much everything. I'd like to keep the bill within reason, so probably am not interested in any of the pricey steakhouses or super-fancy French restaurants. Perhaps something like a French Bistro, or maybe some good Greek.

They're staying by Grand Central Station, but we could go anywhere from there.

Any suggestions would greatly help. I know there are tons of options.

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    eeee RE: gvogelge Jun 22, 2008 10:24 AM

    Artisanal (French bistro, lots of wonderful cheeses) and Ethos (good Greek) are not too far from Grand Central. Either would work.

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      offthebeatenpath1 RE: eeee Jun 25, 2008 01:22 PM

      I second Artisinal. Great food and not too pricey. I'm sure everyone can find something that will satisfy their palate.

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        LeahBaila RE: eeee Jun 27, 2008 11:20 AM

        Second Ethos, for sure. Artisanal always has problems with their A/C.

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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        larryfr RE: gvogelge Jun 22, 2008 01:30 PM

        try bar Boulud or DB bistro modern for French bistro. It's pretty good.
        For greek, Milos is a safe bet.

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          rrems RE: gvogelge Jun 22, 2008 02:13 PM

          Bar Boulud is very good for bistro classics. Marseille is a brasserie serving excellent French and Moroccan food.

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            douglas525 RE: gvogelge Jun 22, 2008 05:24 PM

            El Pote, on 2nd at around 29th, is about a ten minute walk from Grand Central. Homey, Spanish food in a classic, parent-friendly atmosphere.

            1. kcijones001 RE: gvogelge Jun 25, 2008 01:20 PM

              Puttanesca; definitely.

              1. Spends Rent on Food RE: gvogelge Jun 25, 2008 01:27 PM

                Sorry to be 'that guy' but I think douglas 525 meant to say that El Pote is around 39th (not 29th). And it is worth the trip - but then again so is El Parador on 34th between 1&2.
                I also agree with those who recommended Artisanal.

                There's also a very cozy and reasonable french Bistro called Cosette on 33rd between Lex & 3rd - it's like stepping into a tiny piece of Paris.

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                  douglas525 RE: Spends Rent on Food Jun 26, 2008 07:08 AM

                  No offense taken...you're right

                2. Jel212 RE: gvogelge Jun 25, 2008 01:28 PM

                  What about homey/tasty Savoy? http://www.savoynyc.com/ or if you want a New Yorky type experience, what about L'il Frankies for pies and pastsa?

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                    stephaniec25 RE: gvogelge Jun 25, 2008 02:01 PM

                    Cookshop would be a good option. The prices are within reason and it's simple, american cuisine. The food is kind of a local "barnyard" cuisine and I know my parents always love it when they are in town.

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                      gvogelge RE: gvogelge Jun 26, 2008 11:18 AM

                      Thanks everyone - I made reservations at Artisanale - I'm a sucker for cheese and cheese courses!

                      I'll let you know how it goes.

                      1. bhoxie RE: gvogelge Jun 26, 2008 01:25 PM

                        gramercy tavern for excelent new american!

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                          foodwhisperer RE: gvogelge Jun 26, 2008 09:25 PM

                          simple ,,, that's meat and potatoes. Go to Keene's they'll like it

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