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Restaurant near Rockefeller center

Snail00 Dec 17, 2008 08:22 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant to take my parents to after we go the Rockettes on Saturday night .

The Requirements:

1) Can walk from Radio City (we are from Florida and its going to be COLD)
2) Main course under or around $25
3) Not touristy/no kids
4) Not Italian

Any sugggestions?? Thanks!

  1. j
    jenhen2 Dec 18, 2008 01:39 PM

    Topaz Thai is amazing.

    1. c
      City Kid Dec 18, 2008 06:20 AM

      I don't believe it is true that you can't get a good, untouristy meal within a short walk of Radio City. I am not a fan of La Bonne Soupe but here are 2 options:

      - very reasonable Turkish - Akdeniz on 46th btw. 5th & 6th
      - more upscale Italian - Osteria al Doge on 44th btw. 5th & 6th - I know you said "not Italian," but this is Venetian, lighter Italian with a focus on fresh fish.

      The first is below your price point (with an incredible reasonable pri fixe) and the other at your price point.

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      1. re: City Kid
        City Kid Dec 18, 2008 06:25 AM

        My mistake: Osteria al Doge is @44th btw. 6th & B'way.

        1. re: City Kid
          cimui Dec 18, 2008 02:32 PM

          this time of year, even akdeniz is overrun! i haven't tried osteria al doge (but it's italian, so no go for the OP).

          1. re: cimui
            City Kid Dec 23, 2008 06:13 AM

            Akdeniz is no problem at all with reservations. I noted that Osteria al Doge is contrary to the OP's criterion of "not talian" but might be worth a try anyway since Venetian is not typical Italian, lots of fish and seafood, and light.

        2. c
          cimui Dec 18, 2008 05:58 AM

          There really isn't anything within a short walking distance of Rock Center that isn't touristy, La Bonne Soup, included. Sorry to disappoint. You'll be best off taking a short subway ride out of the area.

          1. s
            sangerinde Dec 18, 2008 05:24 AM

            I will be watching this thread! I signed on with the intent of looking for a resto with nearly the exact same criteria... Want something special for my mom's 70th. We'll be having cocktails at the Rainbow Room, and then someplace more reasonable for dinner, but don't want it to seem like tooooo much of a comedown! :-)

            1. Delucacheesemonger Dec 18, 2008 04:07 AM

              Pigalle at 48th or 49th and Seventh. Great mussels, onion tarts, and beers. Very big, full menu. Was there before theater last Saturday, go often. Also Shimizu, high end great sushi on W 51st.

              1. b
                Brenz Dec 18, 2008 03:55 AM

                Probably the most immediate to Radio City in those specs is the Heartland Brewery, but if you're looking for more idiosyncratic fare, try a Brazilian spot on 46th. Not sure what the prices are like at Johnny Utah's on 51st, but it's even closer.

                I'd say, though, try Wu Liang Ye on 48th; it has some of the best szichuan in the city. And if you head south down Avenue of the Americas, pretty much every sidestreet will supply quality Indian, Cuban, etc.

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                1. re: Brenz
                  cjd260 Dec 18, 2008 01:24 PM

                  Not the Heartland Brewery! Literally next door to Heartland is BXL cafe, which, if you can get past the decor and there isn't a soccer game on, has some of the best mussels in the city and a fantastic onion soup. Of course, it's a bar with a dining room, and it looks like it; but very, very good food (and beer).

                2. p
                  Produce Addict Dec 18, 2008 01:09 AM

                  I like La Bonne Soupe on 55th. Not sure if you are looking for something fancier than that.

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                  1. re: Produce Addict
                    LeahBaila Dec 18, 2008 05:51 AM

                    Second LBS.


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