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Apr 15, 2010 07:42 AM

Quiet spot easy for driver heading to Midtown tunnel

Am meeting some old friends next Friday night. One of our group is driving from work on LI to home in NJ and takes the midtown tunnel. To make the driver's life easy, we need a place not too far off his route. I'm coming in from MA, so I have no clue as to what neighborhood makes sense. Most of the others are on the west side, UWS HK, or coming in by train from CT or NJ.

Need a place that's good for conversation. Not $$$$. At least one of the eaters is not overly-ambitions, sigh. We met once for Korean, and I think it was too challenging for her. One of us eats no meat or poultry. Next night my wife and I are at Marseille, so no French or bistro..

Food is important, but so is the ability to be comfortable talking, What do you hounds think? Thanks.

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  1. these aren't destination restaurants but for the area of the midtown tunnel benjamins, hudson place, zengo (this is new) and mia dona are all good options.

    1. The tunnel leaves you close to Murray Hill. Lots of posts for decent restaurants in Murray Hill. After 7 PM it is pretty easy to find street parking on side streets and on Lex below 37th St without paying a meter.

      1. Sigh. Just found out my driver friend can't make dinner at all, working too late. Another diner lives in Hell's Kitchen, and he has a 3-year-old to consider (baby not coming to dinner but dad may have schedule issues), so I think I'll search for a HK resto.What's quiet there?

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        1. re: rmbelson

          West Bank Cafe, on 42nd, b/t 9th & 10th, is comfortable and quiet. It's been quite some time since we've eaten there, so I can't provide a personal opinion of the food right now, but Hounds who have been there recently say it has not gone downhill.

        2. El Parador, East 34th 1st/2nd - ive been loving that place for a long time, and it got a nice review in the NYT a few weeks ago

          El Parador Cafe
          325 E 34th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10016