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Affordable Italian or American Near Grand Central?

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My mom and six of her college friends (in their sixties) are looking for a place for dinner in the general Grand Central area. They tend to come early and stay a while and talk. They'd like to spend around 20 to 30 dollars for an entree. Any suggestions? I think that Italian or American would be best. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. I highly recommend Convivio, on Tudor City Pl, /bt 42nd & 43rd Sts. The contemporary Italian cuisine is superb, there's a good wine list, service is friendly and capable, the space has very attractive decor, and the vibe exemplifies the restaurant's name -- convivial.

    A la carte main course prices exactly fit the budget you've mentioned, and pastas -- for those who want to treat them as a main course -- are in the teens. In my view, the 4-course prix-fixe for $59 is a steal for food of this high quality.

    http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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    1. Convivio is incredibly pricey....
      Naples 45 may be good for you.

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      1. re: italianagambino

        I don't think most people would consider Convivio to be in any way "incredibly pricey." Pastas are in the teens and main courses in the $20's. To me, that's the moderate range. If you think that's "incredibly pricey," then what price category would you consider restaurants like Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, per se, etc., to be in?

      2. Cibo is nearby and it has a great dinner special - $35 for three courses. The Valhrona chocolate souffle cake is really, really good. This is my go-to place when I'm stuck at Grand Central. Service is friendly and they let you linger.