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Non Touristy Restaurant - Times Square Area

Staying in Times Square with a friend & want to go to a non-touristy restaurant not too far away. Nothing too fancy and we eat everything. Any suggestions would be great!

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  1. Where exactly in Times Square? Exact intersection would really help. You want something within a 5 minute walk? 10? 20? A cab ride or subway ride away?

    When will you be dining? Are you looking to make a reservation or just walk in and grab a table? Do note that you'll be right by the theatre district and a lot of restaurants are packed between 6 and 8, and then the rush is over until shows are over.

    Please clarify by what you mean as "nothing too fancy." What's the most you're willing to spend per person, including tax (nearly 9%), tip (15-20%), and wine/drinks/etc.?

    Given that you eat everything, are there any favorite cuisines you have? Cuisines you want to try? You're OK with, say, seafood? Organ meat? Spicy food?

    Where are you traveling from? For example, it might not be best to recommend a BBQ joint to a Southerner, but you might want something that's harder to get at home.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for replying. We are staying at the Renaissance - 714 Seventh Avenue at W. 48th Street. Something walking distance 20 - 25 minutes top. Dining somewhere around 8:00 - 8:30. We like semi-casual places - not stuffy or pretentious - a place that locals would go. Most we are willing to spend would be around $60 - $80 each. We tend to order lots of appetizers or smaller plates. We do like good wine. We are not big red meat eaters. Love seafood, chicken or Italian. We are from CT so not too far away.

      Saturday night we are staying in SoHo and think we are going to Barmarche - any thoughts in that area?

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      Barmarche
      14 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kmorison96

        in 20-25 minutes you could walk a mile easily. (a mile is 20 blocks)

        that means you have a range from 28-68th street, and the entire width of manhattan!

    2. Some ideas:

      Marseille
      Chez Napoleon
      Orso
      Vice Versa

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      Orso
      322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

      Chez Napoleon
      365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. Taboon at 52nd and 10th

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        Taboon
        773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

        1. If the weather is nice you could take a stroll over to 9th Ave where there is a plenitude of good restaurants. Just walk uptown from 42 St and look at the menus and feel the vibe of the place.

          1. Casellula Cheese and Wine bar sounds like it might be perfect for you guys. Its on W. 52 street which is certainly walking distance from Times Square.

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            Casellula
            401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

            1. Toloache 251 W. 50th St. (212-581-1818) Mexican - The Best Margaritas Midtown Has to Offer. Good for small plates & drinks or a full dinner. More upscale than a taqueria, but within your price range. The cucumber / jalapeno margaritas are quite good, as are the fish tacos and the guacamole.
              http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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              Toloache
              251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

               
              1. Via Brasil has good down-to-earth Brazilian food and killer caipirinhas. With wine and a drink for 2, around $100.

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                Via Brasil
                34 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

                1. Someone mentioned ViceVersa, and I also like its sister restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera: http://www.etcrestaurant.com/index2.htm

                  Dafni Green Tavern is another find: http://dafnitaverna.com/

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                  ViceVersa
                  325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

                  Etcetera Etcetera
                  352 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

                  Dafni
                  325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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                  1. re: gloriousfood

                    Yay Dafni, love that place.

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                    Dafni
                    325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

                  2. Soba Totto (Japanese, great little plates of grilled stuff, plus soba)
                    Szechuan Gourmet (Szechuan)
                    Lan Sheng (Szechuan)
                    Gazala Place (Druse/Middle Eastern)

                    Margon (Cuban/Dominican lunch counter, but open through early dinner)
                    Djerdan (Bosnian)

                    These last two are really lunch joints, rather than dinner-type places, and the only one that qualifies as halfway "upscale" is Soba Totto. But the food's good at all of them.

                    Also: third Dafni.

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                    Margon
                    136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

                    Gazala Place
                    709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                    Szechuan Gourmet
                    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                    Djerdan
                    221 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

                    Soba Totto
                    211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                    Dafni
                    325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

                    Lan Sheng
                    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018