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Jan 12, 2010 10:53 AM

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

Hi everyone,

We're visiting NYC for the 3rd time in Feb and we've only booked one meal so far at The View at Marriott Marquis. We are looking for another 2-3 restaurants where we can both eat a three course meal of good quality for under $150 per night.

Anyone have any ideas/thoughts? Many thanks for your help.

Russ Collinson

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    1. re: smokeandapancake

      we're staying 2 blocks south of central park in midtown. Any type of cuisine except thai or very spicy food would be great thanks.

    2. Should the $70 include wine, tax and tip?

      1. I'll probably be the first of many to steer you away from eating at the Marriott. Get a drink there but eat elsewhere. NY has too many good restaurants to waste a meal!

        It would also be helpful for you to share what you like to eat (adventurous ethnic, something refined, comfort food) and maybe even where you're coming from/what you can't try at home.

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        1. re: JMJD

          Agreed. Avoid the food at The View! Just read the reviews on Google if you don't believe this board. (PS: the drinks aren't very good and are overpriced, too!)

          1. re: thousandrobots

            We're not expecting wonderous things from the View, apart from the actual view itself! Its more for the surroundings than the quality of food itself.

            The $70 was for food alone, drinks,tax and tips can be added to it as we are not big drinkers anyway. Foodwise, we don't stray too far from mainstream... chinese, italian, steaks, nothing too adventurous.

            1. re: russbeer

              Avoid The View....please. Have a drink there if you must but don't eat there. It's a lousy overpriced tourist trap with no redeeming qualities.

              For Italian in that neighborhood, I really like Trattoria Trecolori on 47th St. Just had lunch there the other day and it's still good and reasonably priced and comfortable.

              1. re: russbeer

                Avoid The View! Go for drinks or coffee, enjoy the fabulous view and eat someplace else. . .

                Trattoria Trecolori is a good suggestion, I've only been for lunch. Marseille might be another possibility, if you want to stay in that general neighborhood. None of these are destination places, just good food.


                You may also want to take a look at (restaurants and menus by cuisine and neighborhood) to get ideas. Only caveat, I find the reports by hounds more reliable than reviews on menupages.

          2. Agreed with the Tre Colori I would also suggest you check out Artisanal Good food, very lively atmosphere.

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            1. re: Spiritchaser

              ok guys, cancelled the view... keep the recommendations coming!

              1. re: russbeer

                If one of the days you'll be in NYC is Sunday I encourage you to look into Sunday Supper at Public, Public is good for you any day but the Sunday Supper is a fantastic deal.

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  There is a sunday when we are there but it'll be valentines day, and i've booked Artisanal (from you guys recommendation) for that. I'll take a look at Public now for another evening though!

                  1. re: russbeer

                    Second the Artisanal suggestion. The last time I went to Artisanal for dinner they had a prix fixe :) Hopefully they still have it.

            2. Here are my humble suggestions:

              You've done away with "View." Doesn't mean you have to do away with a superb view -- within your price range. If you cross town and go to the Beekman Tower hotel on Mitchell Place (1st Avenue at 49th Street). Their "Top of the Tower" restaurant serves passable meals that aren't expensive as hotels go (and well within your budget). The view is uptown, East Side from the 26th floor.

              Much closer to you is Ralph's Italian Restaurant, in Hell's Kitchen, for delicious Italian food that's not spectacular but again, well within your budget. If you walk around Ralph's neighborhood, I assure you that you'll find interesting restaurants offering interesting deals.

              Of the other recommendations, I've only eaten at Trecolori -- that was some time ago, but it was wonderful, and a find in the Theater District, where there's so much so-so food. A little farther downtown is Osterial Al Doge, another Theater District Italian place we consider a budget-minded winner.

              862 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              Osteria al Doge
              142 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

              Top of the Tower
              3 Mitchell Place, New York, NY 10017