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Lizbet Dec 15, 2010 10:47 AM

My daughter works on W. 45 St. between 9 & 10 Ave. We plan to meet for dinner near her Friday evening. We tried Marseilles once, but I was not that impressed and it was a bit more expensive than I'm used to. I prefer a place with most entrees in $15 - $20. range. We liked Basilica, but want to eat somewhere new-- most ethnic food is fine (though I'm not wild about Japanese), but I don't like very hot (spicy) food. American is fine too. So any suggestions for an inexpensive but good place to eat in the west 40's, 8th - 10th Aves.? Thanks.

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    Rhea58 Dec 16, 2010 07:46 AM

    Glad to hear you are going to Dafni; one of my favorite lunch spots when
    going to the theatre....let us know what you think.

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    Dafni
    325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

    1. eatthisny Dec 16, 2010 07:17 AM

      I'd also look into Hallo Berlin if you're interested in German food. And Gazala Place is fantastic and serves delicious Mediterranean food.

      Enjoy.

      -www.eatthisny.com

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      Gazala Place
      709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Hallo Berlin
      626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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        Lizbet Dec 16, 2010 07:09 AM

        Thanks to the three of you for your suggestions. We will be going to Dafni, but I will also keep Empanada Mama in mind for future reference-- it sounds very appealing to me. Any recommendations for what's especailly good at Dafni?
        Thanks again. It's really good of people to share their knowledge.

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        Empanada Mama
        763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Dafni
        325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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          Lizbet Dec 18, 2010 06:09 AM

          We ate at Dafni's last night, and we all (5 of us) enjoyed it. It was crowded; fortunately, my daughter made a reservation. Very good food and reasonable prices. Thanks for the recommendation.

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          Dafni
          325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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            LeahBaila Dec 18, 2010 07:26 AM

            Glad to hear, Lizbet. :) Thanks for the follow-up!

        2. loratliff Dec 15, 2010 03:09 PM

          I love Empanada Mama at 51st and 9th. It's actually below your price range by far, but it's one of my favorites in that area.

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          Empanada Mama
          763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          1. LeahBaila Dec 15, 2010 10:51 AM

            Check out Dafni Greek Taverna: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/dafni-greek-taverna/

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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            Dafni
            325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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              Pan Dec 15, 2010 02:13 PM

              Dafni is a good place, but their portions are ridiculously big, so order accordingly. If a salad comes with a meal, consider that another meze; it is a full plate of salad. I'd recommend for you to share one meze plus the side salad, one main, and dessert (caveat: I haven't tried dessert yet - I was too full!) or the side salad plus two mezes and one main, but the mezes are also huge, so you'll probably be taking food home. We did, and still, I had eaten too much!

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