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Going to dinner with another couple. We are adventurous eaters, but I am pregnant now, so no sushi. I think the wife is vegetarian. Looking to spend around $50 pp, but have some flexibility in the budget. Any recs?

Thanks!

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  1. Where in Midtown? Midtown is pretty wide (East? West?) and you could mean anywhere between high 30s and 59th Street.

    $50 per person including tax and tip? Drinks or wine for the non-pregnant? When is this dinner?

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    1. re: kathryn

      The dinner is Thurs night. We'd like to stick to Midtown East. Everyone works between 59th & 51st, but they live in Murray Hill. Like I said, we have some flexibility in the budget, but I don't want to go someplace super-expensive.

      1. re: Little Cupcake

        La Fonde de Sol?

        It's creative for Midtown East.

    2. any of the yakkatori totto restaurants are great: yakatori soba, yakatori totto (they are on both E and W side), and some others (all same owner). they're izakaya (e-zawk-a-ya) so pub-like fair from grills, not sushi. the YT on the west side has a "make tofu at your table" dish that is SO good (you don't actually make it, it just sits there). YT soba has amazing noodles/broth.

      1. Sofrito at 57th and 1st for good Puerto Rican cuisine and great bar.

        Sofrito @ 400 East 57th St., New York, NY 212 - 754 - 5999.

        http://www.sofritony.com/

        Or Luna Piena for a great local place and excellent Italian.

        Luna Piena Restaurant @ 243 East 53rd St., New York, NY 212 - 308 - 8882.

        http://lunapienanyc.com/

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        Sofrito
        400 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

        1. Here are some ideas: Avra , Pampano, Fresco by Scotto

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          Fresco by Scotto
          34 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

          Pampano
          209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017