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Jul 9, 2010 08:42 AM

questions about Todd English's Food Court at the Plaza

I have elderly out of towners coming ... I was thinking of taking them to Todd English's Food Cout at the Plaza but I have not been yet (always risky). What are peoples opinions - I did a chowhound search and surprisingly little came up. It does look expensive for what it is - but if it is good and comfortable and interesting NY experience could be worth it - chowhounders - what do you think?

Also - I am going to be with them in the south end of central park - say from the Bethesda Fountain down - seeing South Pacific - at Lincoln Center ... any other ideas for that area? They will not want loud or hip new york (late 70's in age) and would not want the Picholine type price tag - more casual but I would like it to be somewhat new yorkesque ... maybe even pain quotidien - if I can't find a meal for say under $50.00 - one drink and tax included.

35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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  1. i heard briefly from a coworker that while the food is good the set up is not conducive to conversation since it is bar like seating. So many having a party of 4 would not be ideal. But again this is not form personal experience.

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    1. re: Asumnuthin

      I've not eaten there, but popped in to look over the weekend, and I agree that the seating really isn't ideal for talking or for a larger group. The place was completely packed, by the way.

    2. I think that L'Ecole would fit your description. It is a great meal and also great value.

      It is not near central park but it would be worth the cab ride.

      462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      1. Bar Boulud

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        1. Was just there this weekend. Really enjoyed the food, probably not ideal for a group.

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          1. re: donovt

            Sorry, meant to reply to the op. I was referring to the food hall, not bar boulud.

            1. re: donovt

              Thanks for letting us know. Do you know if they get really crowded during lunch / dinner time? I am curious to got but I hate dealing with the crowds and lines.

              1. re: bearmi

                I was there for lunch one Sunday a couple of weekends ago, and we didn't have to wait - maybe around one-ish. We sat at the oyster bar -- they have a great selection -- and gorged on all sorts of other things as well. Lamb gyro "sliders", a pizza, dumplings -- which I don't recommend -- and then some cheese.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Oops.. what's wrong with the dumplings? They don't taste good? I am slightly lactose-intolerant so I was hoping to try the "Asian" station.. ha...

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    another vote on avoiding the dumplings. they're just not special at all. the only thing remarkable about them at all is the cost. most of the menu is fairly priced, but the dumplings stood out as a rip off.

                  2. re: bearmi

                    The one time we went was a Saturday around 2:00. It was crowded, but maneuverable. Had our son in his stroller and had no problem getting around. Got seats at the sushi bar without having to wait.

                    1. re: donovt

                      Thank you! By the way, how was the sushi?

                      1. re: bearmi

                        Actually, didn't get sushi. It was the only counter with open seats. You can order from any of the stations wherever you sit. I had a delicious gyro and my wife had a lobster salad which was expensive but good. The sushi did look pretty good though.

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