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Nov 14, 2008 06:19 AM

Radio City on Saturday; may end up at tourist trap

We're doing the tourist thing and going to Radio City for the 1:00 PM Christmas Show.

I'll have two kids (ages 7+9) and two grandmothers (not great walkers) and a request to head to/toward Times Square area after the show (around 3:00 PM).

We're looking for a late lunch/early dinner. Nothing too exotic for the menu. I realize our options might be limited.

I'm looking for any suggestions for something non-touristy.

However, if I'm voted down by my group and we do end up at one of the tourist trap restaurants, which is the least offensive when it comes to price, menu offerings, and decibel level and I'll try to steer them in that direction.

Thanks for any ideas or condolences.

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  1. I would suggest John's or Carmine's ( I've lived in the city for 12 years and i still go to to these places..)
    If not, I would try Red Eye Grill - - which is a mix; espcially around this time of year...but, its out of the times square area.
    You can also try Trattoria trecolori -

    1. The suggestion of Trattoria Trecolor, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th, is an excellent one. It's a favorite of mine and many other Hounds because the homestyle Italian fare is nicely prepared and delicious; service is friendly and efficient; and the large space has attractive decor and well-spaced tables.

      La Bonne Soupe is a few blocks north of RCM, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th. It's a sweet French bistro with much more on the menu than just good soup. They serve fondue, which is fun for people of all ages.

      Virgil's BBQ, on 44th St., b/t 6th & B'way, is very popular and family-friendly.

      All of these are open straight through the afternoon , so dining around 3 p.m. would work. Of course, it's always a good idea to make a reservation.

      1. Dervish on 46th bn 6th and 7th is pretty yummy and not too exotic (though it's Turkish). Red Eye Grill is good but really pricey.

        1. Take RGR's suggestion and head to Trecolori. I think it covers the bases you are looking to cover.

          1. Thank you all SO much!

            Trecolori it is!