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Chicagoan in NYC!

I will be in NYC this coming weekend. My flight gets into LGA around 8:30pm on Friday night, and then I'm meeting my mother at our hotel and we'll be heading straight to a late dinner. I'm looking for a place in Manhattan that is moderately priced and not too loud or scene-y (my mom is 55) with solid food. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!

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  1. NY, much like Chicago, has thousands of restaurants to chose from. Please provide more details as to what you are looking for beyond 'solid'.

    Area of Manhattan?
    Cuisine?
    What does 'moderate' mean to you?

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    1. re: chow_gal

      $20-30/entree at most would be great. I don't have a lot of qualifications, other than that neither of us are big on Chinese. Tapas, Italian, contemporary American, Thai.... anything, really. As far as the area of Manhattan, I suppose it doesn't matter too much.

      1. re: dallarose23

        What intersection is your hotel at? If your flight gets into LGA at 8:30pm, you may not get into the city until much later due to checked baggage, wait for a cab, etc.

        If you let us know where your hotel is, we can more easily recommend places that are nearby or convenient to get to. Note that Friday night traffic can be pretty bad in some areas of the city.

        1. re: kathryn

          I am actually staying in Time Square (I know, I know, bad idea. Wasn't my choice.). I'm not checking any luggage so hopefully the wait won't be too terrible but who knows.

          Thanks everyone!

    2. LOL, you make 55 sound ancient. Some of us venerable folks happen to like hip and scene-y places.

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      1. re: thew

        Oh my gosh, I'm sorry- didn't mean to offend. All I meant is that a loud, scene-y place is dfeinitely not her style.

        Also, does anyone know of a good candy store in Manhattan? I'm looking for gourmet marshmallows. Random, I know. Thank you!

        1. re: dallarose23

          no worries. i'd say you guys could finally try what good pizza tastes like ;)

          1. re: thew

            I could not agree more-- I LOVE New York pizza! I actually grew up in Pennsylvania so I am well aware of what good pizza is. Chicago deep dish is not pizza, as far as I'm concerned-- it's 3 inches of cheese and a weird cornmeal-like crust. Bring on the crispy floppy slices!!

          2. re: dallarose23

            City Bakery is known for its marshmallows.

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            City Bakery
            3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: chow_gal

              I stopped by City Bakery for their hot chocolate not too long ago and they told me they don't do marshmallows with hot chocolate in the summer! Grrrrrrrrrr. So do they sell their marshmallows separately? I went during breakfast so I didn't see a whole lot of selection.

            2. re: dallarose23

              hey i am 63 not dead yet but close three times
              dyland and city i second
              arturo's on houston is a classic nyc old school village awesome pizza and old school italian and maybe even live music on the weekends
              high lin are the standard grill open basically 24/7 odeon is still good
              balthazar and pastis also
              for a hoot go to economy candy for the candy of your mom's childhood
              donut plant on grand for your sweet tooth
              enjoy

          3. i don't know if they have the mashmallows - but dylan's candy bar on 60th st and 3rd ave is a great candy place (i bought 5 lbs last time i strolled in)