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Inexpensive Mid-Town Dining

gastrotect Nov 20, 2008 11:20 AM

So I will be taking a day trip with my mother and brother to the city around Christmas and I want to find some solid dining choices. Here is the catch, we really do not have money to spend so I am looking for lunch places that would clock in at about $10/person with drink and dinner places that would clock in around $15-25/person. I would like to avoid chain/chainish (new word?) places if I can (though for lunch if it's tasty enough it's not a big deal).

We will almost certainly be in one of two areas for the day: Upper East Side (Met. Museum specifically) and Midtown around Rockefeller C/MoMA/Times Sq. We are willing to walk a pretty good distance, but would prefer to eat in those general areas. Any ideas?

  1. j
    Jane A. Nov 20, 2008 12:06 PM

    Since it's a day trip, you might do better by packing lunch and picking up coffee and/or soda and enjoying your lunch in the public area (there are tables) under Rockerfeller Center at the skating rink level and then add your $$s into your dinner allocation. You're looking for restaurants in the more expensive parts of town - so even at $30. per person including tax and tip and drinks you'll be cutting it close.

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    1. re: Jane A.
      fourunder Nov 21, 2008 10:31 AM

      The best deal for a Midtown Lunch.....is at Del Frisco's


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      RGR Nov 20, 2008 12:13 PM

      Are you including tax (nearly 9%) and tip (at least 15%) in those budget figures?

      For lunch in the Times Square area, try Uncle Nick's, a Greek taverna-style restaurant, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts. You can get a gyro or souvlaki sandwich for $4.95.


      Daisy May's, on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St., has some of the best bbq in Manhattan. It's a cafeteria-style set-up with no decor to speak of. But definitely priced right for your budget.


      La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is a sweet French bistro with much more on the menu than just good soup and options in your price range..


      Enjoy your day in NYC and Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: RGR
        gastrotect Nov 21, 2008 08:34 AM

        I actually wasn't including tax and tip. But Daisy May's sounds perfect for our purposes. We all love bbq, so I think that's a great idea. Thanks for the tips.

        1. re: gastrotect
          bnemes3343 Nov 21, 2008 10:14 AM

          Daisy May's came up on another thread I was reading today.. Never been there, but the reviews were very good and their menu looks good and a like lot of fun. I am going to make a point to head there soon. It's going to break your lunch budget, but would definitely work for dinner.

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        fayth Nov 21, 2008 09:27 AM

        In the Theater District ,I would recommend Scarlatto (250 W 47th). They have a $14.95 prefixed lunch. The dinner menu prices range from $11- $21 with most entrees under $15. The food is very good- I enjoyed the pumpkin Ravioli ($11). They present a wonderful bread basket with white bean dip. Great desserts (including molten chocolate) for $7.
        see menu at http://www.scarlattonyc.com/

        If you are in the city on Sat or Sunday I would recommend the $18.95 2 course brunch at Cibo on 41st/2nd in the Daily News Building. This is a great deal since they include a muffin/banana bread basket, mimosa/bloody mary, coffee/tea and many choices of 2 courses including breakfast and lunch items. If you have time- check put the landmarked Daily news lobby with the globe exhibit.
        See the Cibo menu on website. www.cibonyc.com

        Both restaurants are participants in the coupon offer at www.diningfever.com. The site offers 20%off deals for these 2 places when you make a reservation using the code. There is no fee. I used it at Cibo a few weeks ago and saved $4 off the brunch offer!

        250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

        767 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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