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American/$$ - Walking Distance of Central Park South

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Need a cost-efficient spot ("Ruby Tuesday" prices/$12-20 for entrees) with American cuisine -- burgers, fish, comfort food -- that's within walking distance/short train ride from Central Park South. Would like to make a reservation, as this is for a group of 13 on a weeknight. Clients are involved, so looking for a quality establishment for an early dinner but doesn't need a whole lot of bells and whistles. Open to any and all suggestions!

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  1. I think a good fit would be Mickey Mantles at 42 Central Park South. Salads, burgers, pastas, main dishes, most under $20. Decent place. It bills itself as a sports bar, but more upscale than most and definitely not a dive.

    http://www.mickeymantles.com/about.asp

    1. short train ride away: public house on 41st and Lex (you can take the 6 train to 42nd street)

      www.publichousenyc.com

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      1. re: noot

        Out of the three, this seems to be what we're looking for. Just for kicks, however, any similar suggestions..?

        1. re: c.rogers

          Public House is really really bad. Applebees level food and rude service.

      2. Landmarc in the time warner center should fit the bill.

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        1. re: prdct

          It's actually a bit much -- cuisine and price-wise. Their apps are fine, but if someone was tempted to order the rib eye, it'd be a different ballgame altogether. Location would fit the bill, however.