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We'll be in town next week for a taping of the Daily Show and are looking for a place to eat afterwards that's not too far away. I've been doing some searching and have come up with a few possibilities but they each seem to have some strong negative reviews. So far I've looked at Braai, Breeze, Hanci and Il Melograno. Il Melograno seems to get consistent raves, but I'd like to find something a little more off beat/ethnic than Italian.

There will be four of us with a wide variety of tastes. We'd like to keep entrees under $25 and have it be near to TDS studios (within 10 blocks).

Thanks.

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Il Melograno
501 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Braai
329 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

Hanci
854 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Where exactly is "tds studios" or the neighborhood you're aiming for? Thanks.

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    1. re: LNG212

      733 11th Avenue
      (Between 51st and 52nd Streets)
      New York, NY 10019

      Uncle Nick's would work. The price is right and the menu is broad.

      http://unclenicksgreekrestaurant.com/

      1. re: LNG212

        Thanks, Bob.

        For something "a little more off beat/ethnic", try Meskerem (Ethiopian) on 47th near 10th Ave.

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        Meskerem Restaurant
        468 W 47th St Frnt 2, New York, NY 10036

      2. How upscale/casual do you want the meal to be? There are plenty of offbeat/ethnic places over on 9th; however, quite a few are relatively small and casual. For Thai you could go to Pam's Real Thai or Thai Basil, for kebabs you could go to Ariana's Afghan, for Japanese non-sushi you could go to Kyotofu. Other options include Ethiopian(mult options) or Israeli (Gazala Place- I found it to be generally mediocre, but an interesting experience)
        Enjoy!

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        Kyotofu
        705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Real Thai
        1069 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

        Thai Basil
        860 9th Ave Frnt 1, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: orthorunner

          Sorry about not giving the address in my original post! Thank you LNG for clarifying things.

          Casual is probably better than upscale seeing as we'll have stood in line outside for 3 hrs prior to the taping. I don't see us wearing anything very dressy for that.

          We are all fans of Ethiopian, so perhaps Meskerem will fit the bill.

          Thanks for your help and suggestions.

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          Meskerem Restaurant
          468 W 47th St Frnt 2, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: telechick

            Queen of Sheba is another great Ethiopian place in the area on Tenth!

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            Queen of Sheba
            650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        2. If you like/want good barbecue, you could go to Daisy May's, which I think is on 11th and 46th. Just bear in mind that it is extremely casual -- you order at a counter and sit at communcal picnic tables in the dining room - although the food is great.

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          Daisy Mays
          604 W 46th St Frnt 3, New York, NY 10036

          1. Daisy May's. I'd also recommend Azuri Cafe, Tehuitzingo, and Tulcingo del Valle in the casual category. For formal sitdown, Taboon is great but on the pricier side of your range.

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            Tehuitzingo
            695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Tulcingo del Valle
            665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Taboon
            773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

            Daisy Mays
            604 W 46th St Frnt 3, New York, NY 10036

            Azuri Cafe
            465 W 51st St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10019

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