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Aug 6, 2008 10:38 AM

Manhatten on a budget...

My wife and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary by spending 4 nights in NYC. We live in Seattle and feel lucky that there are a number of reasonably priced, high quality restaurants to choose from. I asked a few of my close friends for their opinions on dining in Manhatten and each one would cost more than we can afford, we were lucky enough to get a good hotel deal online just so we could go to NYC. So my open ended question is, where can my wife and I have a good lunch/dinner within walking distance of Manhatten that will be both quality food and reasonable prices? IE, Lunch $50, Dinner $100.

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  1. Not sure when you're coming to Manhattan but if it's this month why not try lunch ($24.07) or dinner ($35) at one of the Restaurant Week restaurants that is extending through Labor Day. Some the City's finest restaurants participate with a limited prix fixe menu, that can be great and a great deal, some for lunch only. Why don't you check it out to get a few idea and then ask for additional advice on this board if you wish. Some really good ones include Aquavit, Artisanal, Cafe Boulud, Petrossian, Town, Beacon. Check it out:

    1. Are those prices per person or for the two of you? And does it include tax, drink, tips as well?

      1. We will be in NYC Sept 9-13th, looks like we will miss Restaurant week. :-( The sample prices I listed are for both of us to eat, tax and tip, no drinks included.

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        1. re: Lost

          Thanks for the information. One more question -- as it's your anniversary, how important is ambiance to you? Do the restaurants have to be on the romantic side? If not, there are a lot more options available for you.

        2. No problem for that price; you'll probably get a lot of suggestions on our neighborhood favorites. Can you help us with your favorite type of food, and any specific neighborhood you'll be staying in or already traveling to? For example, I'm most familiar w/ the west and east village, but this board all together will be more well-rounded.

          Also, here's a new thread on our favorite "downscale" food, which is mostly take-out stuff.

          To find locations, search on chow or

          1. I would reccomend the NY magazine website - they just had a cheap food issue which is full of options in tons of different categories. Generally I would agree with their endorsements of the places I've tried which gives me no reason to be believe the rest are not good as well.