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Sep 8, 2010 02:21 PM


Hi Guys,

Some of my relatives are coming from out of town for a 50th birthday party and are dead set in going to Planet Hollywood in Time Square!! Obviously I could not imagine anything more torturous. In a desperate attempt to avoid subjecting myself to this I have volunteered to try and find another restaurant in the same area, same price point and fun for a bunch of women. Ugh. Can someone please help me because finding a good restaurant in that neighborhood is hard enough...forget about affordable and fun.


Planet Hollywood
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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  1. Plenty of options in Hells Kitchen/Midtown West....and if they're from out of town, you can probably fudge it and go a little East without them knowing it. The truth is, with a large group sometimes it doesn't matter where you eat, and you just have to take one for the team.

    1. If you can edge up the price, I'd suggest Blue Fin in the W Times Square. For your price and fun, but a step up from Planet Hollywood or another chain, you might try Virgil's Barbecue.

      Blue Fin
      1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

      Planet Hollywood
      1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

      1. it's just one meal, if they are set in going to PH so what? Do you have to go with them if you think it would be so disastrous? Meet them there for a drink. If they have never been to a PH why take away what they are looking forward to? The rock and roll stuff is fun to look at and there must be something on the menu you could manage to eat.

        1. I feel your pain. Just know that there is one place worse than PH, and that is Mars 2112 i.e. things could be worse. My recommendation is as per below to "take one for the team" and thank your lucky stars they don't know about Mars 2112.

          Mars 2112
          1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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          1. More than the destination, I always hate going out with large groups. Recently had a family dinner for Virgil's for 15 people. Food was pretty good, but to coordinate 15 people is torture and simply takes forever. But, they handle large groups pretty well there.

            However, what does "fun for a bunch of ladies" mean, exactly? Are you looking for loud, music, or classy? If they are music fans, then yeah - suck it up because they will like the decor. If not, there are other places to go.

            I sometimes meet people at Ruby Foo's when a friend is in town on business and that nabe is really the only option due to time constraints. It's great because you can eat pretty affordably (a couple of sushi rolls) or go pricier. But, asian has to be an option.

            There are also more excellent options further west for much better food and a more upscale environment. Marseille is a vibrant bistro with terrific food, and Taboon (on 10th ave) is one of my favorites (but it's much quieter)

            Ruby Foo's
            1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

            773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019