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Inexpensive meal near Lincoln Plaza

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We're going to a 3 PM movie at Lincoln Plaza (B'way & 63 St.) and want to eat an early supper afterwards, but only want to spend around $25 p.p. I'm tired of Ollie's (food not too great). Any suggestions? Ethnic food or American would be fine. Thanks.

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  1. The easiest thing to do is go to the Pain Quotidien on 65 St. between Broadway and Central Park West, but if you want something "ethnic," which I'm guessing excludes French, consider walking down 9th Av. into the 50s, where there's loads to choose from. Any particular ethnic cuisine you're most interested in, for example, Thai, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Greek?

    1. Szechuan Gourmet at 56th St near 8th Ave is very good. Pleasant spot with good service. A 5-10 min walk from Lincoln Plaza.

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      Szechuan Gourmet
      244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: burton

        I found that location of Szechuan Gourmet rather bad. Has it improved since shortly after opening? Did they hire a decent chef or/and start giving a darn about the food they put out for non-Han people?

        1. re: Pan

          Man, I'm with you on this. We had absolutely wretched food there just after it opened. And had high hopes since it would be handy for the neighborhood and my huisband's work.

          1. re: Pan

            True they're not particularly consistent but have found a number of the dishes quite good, including cold noodles with sesame vinaigrette, whole bass w/ pickled chili, poached chicken w/ szechuan peppercorn, chicken w/ broccoli (surprisingly).... Considering the limited options for food of this type in the immediate area and above I'm perfectly content to head there on occasion. So while I do know where you're coming from I think it's all relative.

          1. Landmarc; if you order wisely, can keep it at $25 pp (tip and tax NOT included)

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            Landmarc
            179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013