Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.menupages.com (restaurants and menus by cuisine and neighborhood) to get ideas. Only caveat, I find the reports by hounds more reliable than reviews on menupages.
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