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Dinner near E 25th & Lex

robinsilver Oct 7, 2008 01:48 PM

I am going with 3 other women to see a show on E 25th next Wednesday night. Looking for a reasonably priced restaurant to have dinner beforehand. Any suggestions would be great.

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    theaman Oct 20, 2008 05:48 PM

    Walk over to Park btwn 26 & 27th and you have tons of places to choose from: Dos Caminos (Mexican), Houstons (American), Primehouse (Steakhouse), Les Halles (Steakhouse), Blue Smoke (BBQ), Park Ave Bistro (American).

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    1. re: theaman
      RGR Oct 20, 2008 11:18 PM

      Park Avenue Bistro's cuisine is French, not American.


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      Martha Somerville Oct 19, 2008 08:29 AM

      I love Novita, at 22nd and Lex. I've always been treated extremely well and the food is delicious, comforting, and soulful. I leave happy every time.

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      1. re: Martha Somerville
        tracyw19 Oct 20, 2008 03:31 PM

        I second that Novita vote.

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        nativeNYer Oct 7, 2008 05:41 PM

        i will agree with the turkish kitchen reco. was just there yesterday. food was great as usual (large menu) and i even think the service has improved, greatly. will also agree with bamiyan. the others have been added to my list of places to try as i'm in that nabe twice a week.

        for something different, i highly recommend chinese mirch (indo chinese cuisine) on 28th and lex. i am slightly addicted at the moment. the food is sooo good.

        i will also recommend jaiya (3rd and 28th), probably one of the best thai restaurants in the city, imo, but i agree it has been uneven recently. although some may disagree, i like Rice which is across the street from Chinese Mirch but they only take cash and NYS checks.

        stay clear of blue smoke.

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        1. re: nativeNYer
          RGR Oct 7, 2008 06:06 PM

          While I'm not crazy about Blue Smoke's ribs, they do serve an excellent burger.

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            nativeNYer Oct 7, 2008 08:11 PM

            i really do need to try their burger. i've heard very good things.

            1. re: RGR
              ESNY Oct 8, 2008 07:02 AM

              Agree re: burger but don't lump their beef ribs in with the pork ribs. I think the texas beef ribs are fantastic yet none of their pork ribs do it for me.

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            RGR Oct 7, 2008 02:22 PM

            You don't indicate any cuisine preferences, and it would be helpful to have a per person budget for food since people's ideas of what constitutes "reasonably priced" can differ. That said, here are some options in the area that we like:

            Limon, on 24th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. - Turkish - http://www.limon238.com

            Bar Milano, on the corner of 3rd & 24th - Italian - http://www.barmilano.com

            Bamiyan, on the corner of 3rd & 26th - Afghani - http://www.bamiyan.com

            Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd, b/t 27th & 28th - http://www.turkishkitchenny.com

            La Petite Auberge, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th - French - http://www.lapetiteaubergeny.com

            Pamplona, on 28th, b/t PAS & Madison - Spanish - http://www.pamplonanyc.com

            Campanile, on 29th, b/t PAS. & Madison - Italian - http://www.campanilenyc.com

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              robinsilver Oct 7, 2008 03:45 PM

              Thanks so much, RGR, these are all great choices. You are absolutely right about variations of "reasonably priced", but any of these should be OK with this group. Next time I will be a little more specific.

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                princeofpork Oct 7, 2008 04:46 PM

                I normally agree with RGR but I disagree with the Bar Milano recommendation. We found the portion size to be quite small and the prices to be quite high. We will not return again.

                1. re: princeofpork
                  RGR Oct 7, 2008 05:17 PM

                  I respect the fact that you disagree with me and am sorry Bar Milano fell short for you. We've been there twice, and the food both times was delicious. The first time, we ordered a la carte, and portion sizes were more than adequate. The second meal was a tasting dinner and, frankly, several of the portions were much larger than I would have expected for this kind of meal. As far as prices go, I consider them to be on the upper end of moderate, which I think is appropriate given the quality of the cuisine, the level of service, and the overall ambiance.

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                  robinsilver Oct 18, 2008 01:49 PM

                  Thanks for all your suggestions, they each sounded great. We chose Turkish Kitchen, and everyone loved it. We were seeing a show at Baruch College, so we had to eat early. Their $21.95 early bird special was terrific. We were all stuffed and didn't even have time for the dessert. I had the beef dumplings in yoghurt sauce, the coban salad, and the donner that is served over eggplant, which was fantastic. And, they have $8 martinis, so how can you go wrong.

                  1. re: robinsilver
                    RGR Oct 18, 2008 02:49 PM

                    Thanks for reporting back, Robin. Turkish Kitchen has always been one of our favs, and the food is always excellent. Glad you and your friends enjoyed it.

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                  kathyyl Oct 7, 2008 02:19 PM

                  If you're in the mood for Indian, my personal favourite is Chennai Garden. Photos from recent dinners here -> http://flickr.com/photos/kathyylchan/...

                  1. kcijones001 Oct 7, 2008 02:08 PM

                    Penelope - FOR SURE
                    159 lexington ave (@ 30th )

                    Posto is a nice option too!

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