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Non Touristy Restaurant - Times Square Area

kmorison96 Apr 26, 2010 05:06 PM

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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    sarahmilne Apr 27, 2010 04:01 PM

    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.

    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

    221 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

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

    325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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

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      gloriousfood Apr 27, 2010 01:52 PM

      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/

      325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

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

      325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: gloriousfood
        buttertart Apr 27, 2010 01:54 PM

        Yay Dafni, love that place.

        325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

      2. buttertart Apr 27, 2010 01:03 PM

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

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

        1. Rmis32 Apr 27, 2010 12:46 PM

          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.

          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          1. prdct Apr 27, 2010 10:34 AM

            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.

            401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

            1. Motosport Apr 27, 2010 08:23 AM

              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.

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                west34 Apr 27, 2010 06:24 AM

                Taboon at 52nd and 10th

                773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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                  rrems Apr 26, 2010 07:48 PM

                  Some ideas:

                  Chez Napoleon
                  Vice Versa

                  322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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

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                    kathryn Apr 26, 2010 06:00 PM

                    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
                      kmorison96 Apr 26, 2010 06:24 PM

                      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?

                      14 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

                      1. re: kmorison96
                        thew Apr 26, 2010 06:36 PM

                        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!

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