Weekend in Manhattan!
My family and I are heading to Manhattan on Friday and leaving on Sunday. We're looking for some good places to eat. We are at the Sheraton hotel (https://www.starwoodhotels.com/sherat...) and would most likely go to restaurants in that region (mainly for dinner). We don't eat Chinese or Indian food often so will most likely shy away from those foods. Everything else would be great though. Looking to spend about under $40 per person (we don't drink alcohol so this price would hopefully include appetizers with an entree?) .
Also, we're mainly in Manhattan to shop so we'll be around Century 21 area. If anyone could recommend some good lunch places around there that'd be amazing!
Thanks for all your help and please ask me if I can clarify anything for you.
As i've said numerous times before on this board, I am not a fan of Becco. Imo, it has become a victim of its own success, which is related to Lidia Bastianich's fame. The ayce special is very popular; however, the pastas are mediocre. There is far better pasta to be had elsewhere in the area (Trecolori, Roberto Passon, etc.) at reasonable prices. Also, they've jammed far too many tables into each dining room so that seating is uncomfortably sardine-tight, and the noise level is hideously high.
In the vicinity of the Sheraton:
Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. Delicious homestyle Italian food served by a friendly, efficient staff in an attractive space.
Uncle Nick's, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts. Tasty Greek food in a taverna-style setting.
Brasserie Cognac, on the corner of B'way & 55th St. Very good French food and pleasant ambiance.
Note: Keep in mind that there is a 9% tax + you will need to add a tip (20%) to your bill.
Looks like you're a block away from the infamous chicken and rice cart (53rd and 6th). Be sure to go to the cart with the long line. The other one on the corner is neglected for a reason, as I found out one night when I thought I was outsmarting everyone. It isn't the same.
(One caveat -- I've never eaten this during the day or while I was sober.)
For lunch around Century 21 ..... I used to work in the financial district and always grabbed lunch at this Middle-Eastern place called Alfanoose. The chicken shwarma (plate or sandwich) is really, really good. Make sure you get it with their hot sauce.