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College student, PARENTS VISITING!!

Rebeccalp8937 Oct 19, 2008 07:54 PM

I'm a college sophomore in Manhattan and my parents are coming from San Francisco for a weekend visit. I want to go someplace nice that I wouldn't be able to go to with my little student budget without really breaking the bank. My parents are old-fashioned types who like joints with character that aren't too trendy. Paps is a steak and potatoes kind of guy. Recommendations for a hearty brunch, and old new yorky dinner or lunch spot? Anywhere in manhattan is great. Thanks!!

  1. k
    kathryn Oct 19, 2008 08:20 PM

    Define breaking the bank! Fifty dollars per person? A hundred? Are your parents treating you? Make sure you include tax, tip, and and any wine/beverages in your calculations of course.

    For an old-NY, non-trendy, steak and potatoes place, I heartily recommend Keens. For a hearty brunch, it depends if it's on a Saturday or Sunday (some places are Sundays only), and if you're willing to wait in line.

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    1. re: kathryn
      Rebeccalp8937 Oct 20, 2008 02:46 PM

      I think a comfortable price is 30-40 per person.

      1. re: kathryn
        Rebeccalp8937 Oct 20, 2008 02:47 PM

        Come to think of it, around 50 per person.

        1. re: Rebeccalp8937
          kathryn Oct 20, 2008 04:00 PM

          Hmmm, if that $50 includes tax and tip, that's a little bit low for Keens Steakhouse.


          Note that the Porterhouse for Two is $45pp while the Porterhouse for Three is $40pp. However, their cuts are big enough that I always have leftovers (for two) the next day. You should be able to get away with ordering a Porterhouse for Two plus an appetizer, and sharing them all, assuming the restaurant is OK with it.

          1. re: kathryn
            Simon Oct 21, 2008 06:42 AM

            they could also go to Keens for lunch and sit in the pub room, which is easy to do for under 50/person...

      2. m
        mch Oct 21, 2008 07:26 AM

        personally i didn't love keens. i think the palm has more character and i think you can get better steak a lot of other places. maybe find a restaurant that isn't a steak place but has steak on the menu. are you set on a steakhouse?

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