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Aug 4, 2008 02:21 PM

Restaurants near 53 &3rd

Well, i tried looking at many threads on Chow hound trying to find some good places within walking distance of our hotel( maybe 10 minute walk),but its almost overwhelming,so thought Id post and ask for help.There are 4 of us for both celebrating our 40th anniveraries.Budgetted for 25-30/head,plus wine,not real fancy.Im the only seafood lover--we all like Italian,French bistro,German,steak house.If not possible, then suggest cab ride places as well.We are all from NYC (Bronx) and remember all those terrific neighborhhod spots from our youth --Ive heard from friends there that Arthur Avenue has some great Italian, is it worth the trip,which ones.Sorry if i missed some obviuos threads,but thanks for any help

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  1. For discussion of Arthur Avenue, since it's in The Bronx, you should post on the Outer Boroughs board.

    With regard to steakhouses, Smith & Wollensky is on the corner of 3rd & 49th, but it's way more expensive than your budget. I don't think even Wollensky's Grill would fit.

    Montparnasse, on 51st, b/t 2nd & 3rd, is a French bistro. We haven't been there in a very long time, so while we had a very tasty meal there, I can't say how good the food is currently. Perhaps a Hound who has tried it more recently will chime in. They have an early 3-course prix-fixe for $22.95 that would be a nice fit for your budget.

    Since you say you are willing to cab it, I would recommend La Petite Auberge, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th Sts. The French bistro fare served there is well-prepared and very tasty. Service is pleasant and efficient. The small space, which resembles a country inn in Brittany, is cozy and endearing. They offer at 4-course dinner prix-fixe for $27. (The extra course is a properly dressed green salad.) Another good fit for your budget.

    Happy Anniversary and Bon Appetit!

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    1. re: RGR

      thanks for the great suggestions.before i retired,used to go to Captains Table,i think on 1st or York, near 51st.Is it a good place still??I was also thinking of hitting the Oyster Bar in Grand Central for coktails--I know its touristy but thats what we'll be doing--thanks again

      1. re: bobstripower

        Wow! That's a blast from the past! Back in the day, we ate at the Captain's Table a couple of times. I recall the food being o.k. but nothing special. I didn't think it was still around. Via Google, I discovered that it has changed ownership and is now Don Veitia, an Italian/Mediterranean lounge/restaurant.

    2. You will have a great meal with reasonable prices at DUE

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      1. re: jenniebnyc

        thanks--menu looks great--Ill have to bring extra cash because it says no credit cards??bob

        1. re: bobstripower

          that's correct. enjoy! please report back

      2. Jubilee is a popular place in the neighborhood. French Bistro on 54th right off 1st Avenue. Sunday brunch which may be less expensive.

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        1. re: designerboy01

          Thanks --great suggestion,JUbilee looks exactly what we want.Couldt find French Bistro on a Google---do you have a link--thanks bob

          1. re: bobstripower

            You can look at the menu here:


            Don't know if they have a website or not. It's been years since I've been, but I remember it being good, and if the prices work for you, it sounds like a good option.

            1. re: bobstripower

              Hi, our one meal at Junilee was not particularly good. This place strikes me as a "canteen" for upper east siders, a bit clubby. I would go with La Petite Auberge, a very nice place.

              1. re: buttertart

                Even a Jean Georges restaurant for the pre-theater menu.

          2. i wouldn't think of it as an anniversary sort of place, but very reasonable in the neighborhood in le sans culotte east