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Need recommendation for an early dinner in Chelsea...

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Coming into NYC for a viewing of The Wrestler at Chelsea cinemas on 23rd St bet 7th & 8th...our friend plays an aging wrestler in this movie. Very cool! Would like to have an early
(5pm) dinner before the 7pm showing. Can anyone recommend a place that's casual and good? All cuisines considered...many thanks! Close to the theatre if possible.

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  1. I usually eat at R.U.B. when I'm in that part of Chelsea. Good barbecue, easy prices with the added bonus that they may have happy hour at that time, too.

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    1. re: JungMann

      We've had mixed experiences at RUB. First time, good enough to warrant a second visit. Unfortunately, not anywhere near so good that next time. Others have also posted that they've found it hit and miss.

      1. il bastardo and bar baresco are on 7th right near your location. good decent priced italian.

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        1. re: fein

          I think Il Bastardo is mediocre, especially at the price point (most entrees over $20).

        2. You can also consider Socarrat Paella Bar on 19th between 7th & 8th. Needless to say, order the paella!

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Haven't been, but would recommend it based on my experiences at La Nacional

          2. Le Zie, Rocking Horse

            1. Suenos on 17th between 8 & 9. $30 prix fix between 5-7pm. Very tasty mexican and great organic tequila selection. Highly recommend it.