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lsambrose Feb 19, 2009 05:06 AM

I am going into the city on a Saturday for dinner and would like to find a restaurant with good food and reasonable prices ($20 or less for entre). I would like it to be within walking distance from Grand Central too. Also, one of my friends is allergic to shell fish - so a place that isn't focused on seafood is a must. Any suggestions?

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  1. Bob Martinez RE: lsambrose Feb 19, 2009 06:07 AM

    This is a tough one. The Grand Central area is very pricey. If you order carefully Osteria Laguna might fit the bill. The food is solid and the prices are moderate.

    Website: http://www.osteria-laguna.com/home.htm

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    Osteria Laguna
    209 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017

    1. Emmmily RE: lsambrose Feb 19, 2009 06:15 AM

      Slightly longer walk, but I love Szechuan Gourmet on 39th between 5th & 6th if you're up for chinese. I love their cucumber salad and dan dan noodles, and the shredded potato dish is something a little out of the ordinary but delicious. Just be aware - when they indicate that a dish is spicy, they really mean it.

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      Szechuan Gourmet
      21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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        LeahBaila RE: Emmmily Feb 19, 2009 08:45 AM

        Second SG

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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          Pan RE: LeahBaila Feb 19, 2009 10:59 AM

          Thirded. I think this is really the best option for pure tastiness, value, and it's a cuisine from inland China and, therefore, not based on shellfish.

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        chubette RE: lsambrose Feb 19, 2009 06:27 AM

        You can try Pio Pio (34th; dont know if that's too far).
        Eeamon's on 45th btwn mad and 5th
        Pershing Square - 42nd btwn park and Lex
        You can always to go the restuarants in the food court at grand central
        juniors
        zocalo

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          City Kid RE: lsambrose Feb 19, 2009 06:29 AM

          One of my favorites, which I always recommend for pre-theater or proximity to Grand Central, is Akdeniz. It's Turkish and has a very varied menu with something for everyone, plus an incredibly reasonable prix fixe at $21.95 with no time limit (i.e., served all night). Virtually all entrees under $20. Charming ambiance and service. Reservations essential.
          http://www.akdenizturkishusa.com/

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