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hvk2001 Apr 29, 2009 01:32 PM

Hi there:
I'll be attending a concert at Carnegie Hall this Saturday and am looking for a place to have dinner afterwards. Prefer casual but not limited to certainly. Also willing to take the subway to some other spot if that's not too far away and the location offers interesting things to see and to walk around a little. Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks in advance !!


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    piegirl74 Apr 29, 2009 01:58 PM

    What do you mean by casual? Casual dress, food, or atmosphere. And how about price range?

    I went to Insieme on Saturday night for dinner and it was completely wonderful. Their Cucina Povera menu is just $35 - thought it was a good value for the quality.

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    1. re: piegirl74
      hvk2001 Apr 29, 2009 02:46 PM

      Casual dress and atmosphere mainly. Food must be good!LOL Thanks for recommending Insieme. Just check their website. They close at 11:00pm. That could be too early as I don't expect to get out of Carnegie Hall until after 10:30pm.,,hmmmmm


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      David W Apr 29, 2009 04:06 PM

      This may be what you are lookin for:
      I think it's hit or miss, but you could also try:
      I haven't tried it yet, but another nearby spot that's on my list:

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        bostonfoodie111 Apr 29, 2009 04:31 PM

        Hello - I go to NYC a few times a year and at least one of those times is to be at Carnegie Hall with friends. One year we took a cab and went to Cafeteria which was "fine" but not really worth the cab ride imho, And then I found out about Landmarc through CH and it has been our go to ever since. It's not the place to go for WOW food but everything is certainly good and some of it even fun. It services a large number of tastes, palates and desires and some people want dessert, some want a full dinner and some want a burger. You can have that all here. They don't do wines by the glass but from what I understand they do have 1/2 bottles and they are very reasonably priced. And one of the last times we were there the conductor from the concert was also there, so that was fun. Enjoy NYC! And do let us know where you end up!

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          hvk2001 Apr 30, 2009 06:22 AM

          Landmarc sounds like a safe yet interesting choice! BTW I am from Boston too!:))

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            bostonfoodie111 Apr 30, 2009 04:07 PM

            There are a lot of choices in the area but as far as late night and wide variety of menu choices, this has been a good choice for our diverse group. :)

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          hvk2001 Apr 30, 2009 06:21 AM

          Thanks for all three interesting recommendations! What a surprise to have a Neo-Austrian restaurant in Mid-town! Will let you know how I decide.:)

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            hvk2001 May 4, 2009 03:46 PM

            We ended up at at Seasonal - the "modernized" Austrian restaurant and wine bar. on 58th St. between 6th and 7th Ave. I had the in season French White Asparagus appetizer. baked Halibut as main course and finished up with Kaiserschmarr'n - an Alpine fried dough dumpling with apple compote on the side as dessert. The ambiance of the place was of that of a typical wine bar - rectangular long dining room with the bar located in the middle. Service staff was young , friendly and attentive but a bit rigid and mechanical in presenting the menu specials and interacting with guests. Prices were moderate - our 3-course dinner totaled $75 per person before tax and no alcohol. My problem is the portion. The notion of modernizing Austrian cuisine seems to be basically shrinking the serving size/ I got two White Aspargus, a tiny curled slice of ham as the Appetizer, and the Halibut was just two small 1"x 1/2" x1/2" pieces. Even the Kaiserschmarr'n was comprised of tiny little dumplings. We were so hungry afterwards that we went straight to Cafe Europa for cake and cappuccino! The taste wasn't bad but nothing spectacular and memorable.


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              David W May 5, 2009 07:09 AM

              Sorry if I led you astray...I'll probably try it anyway sometime next week, and will report back my thoghts at that time.

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                David W May 12, 2009 04:25 PM

                We ate at Seasonal last night. The amuse was a nice onion soup in a cup. We started with the white asparagus special (3 large) with two slices of speck and roasted potatoes with a Hollandaise sauce, the schlutzkrapfen - 3 cheese ravioli with morels and fava beans, spatzle with ramps and fava beans and Kaisergulasch-veal cheeks with quark spatzle.
                All the dishes were delicious. We finished with a coffee-they served a small cookie and a bite of cake with the coffee (no brown sugar lumps, though.)
                I found the meal quite filling, and while I may have stuffed myself with a dessert, we had an early curtain and didn't have the time.
                The wine list is fine, though a little on the pricey side. We were there early, and found the sound level low (though we left around 6:40)-they did have an annoying Eurotrash soundtrack playing, but it was fairly low in the background. Service was good.
                I'll definitely return-this is good for Carnegie and City Center events.

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            chaz Apr 29, 2009 07:25 PM

            Red Eye Grill
            Trattoria del Arte

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              Jane A. Apr 30, 2009 01:22 PM

              Trattoria del Arte is the after concert go-to place for the classical music crowd which has just conducted/played/sung at CH.

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              xigua Apr 30, 2009 05:10 AM

              If you don't mind Japanese and the no-reservations policy, yakitori totto is fantastic!

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                hvk2001 Apr 30, 2009 06:23 AM

                Interesting suggestion! Thanks!

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                stephaniec25 Apr 30, 2009 01:26 PM

                Serafina at the Dream Hotel is very close to Carnegie Hall

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                  hvk2001 May 1, 2009 03:47 PM

                  Serafina looks good and the price is right! Thanks for the recommendation.

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                  susan robin Apr 30, 2009 01:52 PM

                  Seats at the bar at Trattoria dell Arte, especially if you want to eat a bit lighter, they do an amazing antipasto thing, you pick what you want. But no reservations for the bar seats.

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                    hvk2001 May 1, 2009 03:48 PM

                    Yes. I have eaten at Trattoria before and their Antipasto was impressive!:))))

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                    hvk2001 May 1, 2009 04:40 AM

                    Has anyone tried out the French restaurant Seppi's on 56 th Street just east of Carnegie Hall? I think it is located inside a hotel. A friend in NY mentioned it to me since it is so close to Carnegie. Thanks!


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