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Dec 13, 2009 08:22 AM

Inexpensive but good restaurant near Rockefeller Center? Does this exist?

My friends and I are going ice skating at Rockefeller Center on a Tuesday night and want to do dinner/drinks beforehand. Are there any restaurants in the area that are inexpensive but good? Looking for a place with a bar or a bar that we can go to after dinner/before skating. Let me know! Thanks!

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  1. The answer is kinda.

    One good hole-in-the-wall is close by is Gazala Place ( It's very good Middle Eastern food, and BYOB so you can get drunk for cheap then go ice skating - perfect combo.

    There's now a Szechuan Gourmet (out of Queens, there's like 4 now) on 56th. Again, not a 'nice' place but they have a few great dishes - Frank Bruni gave it 2 stars in the Times which is saying something for a place this cheap. (pork dumplings, dan dan noodles, tofu, pork belly with ginger, jellyfish all solid).

    All in all, I'd probably eat somewhere like these places then go to a nicer bar after.

    1. La Bonne Soupe. Dinner and drinks. Quite reasonable. Very good bistro food.

      La Bonne Soupe
      48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. Akdeniz, a moderately priced Turkish restaurant, would work for you. The food is well made and the atmosphere is pleasant. Prices are moderate. I've enjoyed it and it gets consistently positive mentions on the Manhattan board.

        It's located close to Rockefeller at 19 West 46th St. between 5th and 6th Ave.

        19 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Second Akdeniz -- one of my favorites. Their $23.95 prix fixe is quite a deal and served from 4PM until closing. Make sure to reserve ahead.

          1. For a decent meal at a decent price in that area we often go to Menchanko-tei for ramen, 43-45 W 55th St btn 5th and 6th aves.