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Jun 24, 2008 03:50 PM

Walking distance 51 & Mad

i need a recommnedation for an excellent meal on sat nite walking distance to 51st & Mad. I was thinking possible Chinese? Budget is not an issue. Italian is good too. THanks

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  1. If you want fine dining Chinese, you could try Shun Lee Palace on 55th. I love the atmosphere, and while there are places serving better Chinese, it's in your neighborhood.

    There are so many Italian restaurants near you it is hard to choose, but I've always enjoyed Felidia on 58th. Reserve now, though.

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    1. re: brendastarlet

      Felida is jacket required am I wrong?

    2. You could also walk to Aquavit or to Alto.

      1. Smith & Wollensky is 49 and Lex. A very recent charity auction sold a meal to be had there with Warren Buffett, for something over $600,000. Might be fun to bump into the Oracle of Omaha.

        1. You're close to a lot of good options:

          * Wu Liang Ye is probably the best Chinese (Szechuan) in the area (I personally don't like Shun Lee)
          * the Modern Dining Room (general European, new American)
          * Insieme (Italian)
          * Yakitori Totto (Japanese yakitori)
          * Anthos (Greek)

          There's a Peking Duck House at E. 53rd, which I haven't tried, but have heard is decent.

          I like MMRuth's Aquavit suggestion a lot, as well.

          Wu Liang Ye
          36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

          777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

          The Modern
          9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: cimui

              I thought Tse Yang was supposed to be the ultimate in high-end, exquisite Chinese food. I haven't been yet myself but I've noticed glowing Hound reviews here. It would be my first choice if someeone wanted to take me out for Chinese food with no price constraints. Peking duck would be at the top of my list :).


              1. re: uwsgrazer

                i haven't been, either. it's complete hearsay, but for what its' worth, sources i find reliable say that tho most dishes are bland and dumbed down, the peking duck has good skin. a seconded co-worker from hong kong says it's crap, but his standards are probably unreasonable for midtown manhattan.

                are there any recent reviews on here? i just did a quick search and the first few i glanced thru were from the early 2000s.

                if you ever have a chance to try it, please report back! (and i'll do likewise)

                1. re: cimui

                  Here's a discussion of Tse Yang - vvvindaloo posted about it:


            2. Mr. Chow....slightly kitchy, always fun, scene 57&1st

              Chin Chin....consistant, great food 49th 2&3rd

              Mr. K's....

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              1. re: kvrsos

                I'd go to Chin Chin any day over Mr. Chow - both for the food, and to avoid the constant and aggressive upselling at Mr. Chow.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Avoid Mr. Chow at all costs (or visit at significant cost)

                  The NY Times review of it is one of the funnier ones ever done.

                  1. re: msny98

                    I'll have to look that up. I actually posted a review of my meal at the down town one. I have to say, the food was decent, but I wasn't paying the bill.