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jshaper Feb 14, 2011 09:31 AM

I need to make my reservations for my excursion to NY this weekend and am looking for a relaxed place to go to dinner before the theater on the 19th. We are going to see Spiderman (heres hoping on minimal breaks). But we would like a dinner no more than about 80 per person (before tax and tip). We want a place that does the classics real well nothing too adventurous. Just good quality food no fluff. A good steakhouse would be perfect but what would you recommend?

I am a foodie at heart but my wife is not she likes it simple. Is there a compromise?

Thank you in advance.

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    ttournoux Jun 2, 2011 08:26 AM

    I'm going to Elsewhere for the first time this weekend before seeing Million Dollar Quartet. Its menu looks like it has options for the foodie as well as the classics - everything from roasted bone marrow and braised rabbit to hanger steak and a burger. I'll let you know how it is!

    Manhattan Fine Dining Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-i...

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    Elsewhere
    403 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

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      scotty27 Feb 15, 2011 05:26 AM

      I love Esca. I eat there about 6x a year. Best fish/shellfish in town other than Yasuda & Le Bernadin, in my opinion.

      Not steak, but you'll live longer.

      www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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        jshaper Feb 15, 2011 07:08 AM

        I am not hellbent on steak its just simple clean good food for this night i don't want the exotic combinations. I was looking for straight forward good food in a great atmosphere no real need to complicate the food.

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          RGR Feb 15, 2011 08:30 AM

          In the realm of the sea, I highly recommend Oceana. In addition to composed dishes, they do a superb job cooking fish plainly and offering sauces on the side. Excellent service and very pleasant atmospherics.

          Oceana photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157624127309526/

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Oceana
          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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            jshaper Feb 16, 2011 08:34 AM

            I got recommended Sardi's and Carmines. Now Carmines has no availability but is Sardi's any good. Its right across from my theater.

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              ellenost Feb 16, 2011 08:41 AM

              Don't know whether the food has improved in the past 30 years (since I was last there), but Sardi's is known as a tourist trap (i.e. for out-of-towners who don't know better and only recognize the name). If you're theatre is near Sardi's, you should go to Marseille instead.

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              Sardi's
              234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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                rrems Feb 16, 2011 02:40 PM

                I would not trust anyone who would recommend Carmine's and Sardi's.

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                  nmprisons Jun 2, 2011 10:07 AM

                  This is the best advice in the thread.

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                    jshaper Jun 6, 2011 06:45 AM

                    It was the best Advice i didn't take. I went to Sardi's but it was overpriced for the quality and the ambiance was missing. I had a much beter meal for the same price at DB's Bistro Moderne and would recommend going there over Sardi's and will never listen to that guy again.

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                    DB Bistro Moderne
                    55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

                    Sardi's
                    234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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          rrems Feb 14, 2011 05:04 PM

          I strongly agree with both Marseille and Keen's.

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            jshaper Feb 15, 2011 02:46 AM

            Thank you all for the ideas I will have to look into both of these ideas.

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            RGR Feb 14, 2011 01:05 PM

            Keens, our favorite NYC steakhouse, is on 36th St., just off the corner of 6th Av., so not too far from your theater. In nice weather -- which it's supposed to be on Saturday -- an easy walk. Superb steaks, chops, sides, etc. Excellent service. And the charming Old NY ambiance is unmatchable.

            Keens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623279345424/

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            Keens
            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

            1. ellenost Feb 14, 2011 09:39 AM

              Marseille should work well for you.

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              Marseille
              630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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                jshaper Feb 14, 2011 09:50 AM

                Thanks for that recomendation I will look into it.

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