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dorah Jun 1, 2011 07:33 PM

A good friend staying at the Warwick (56th btwn 5th and 6th) and we are seeking a spot for dinner in walking distance from her hotel this Friday night. In search of moderately priced (under $50pp inclusive) dinner nearby that will not disappoint, hopefully more than that. Any cuisine is possible.

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    kathryn Jun 2, 2011 06:43 AM

    There's a Szechuan Gourmet at 242 West 56th Street, near 8th Avenue. Will that work?

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

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      dorah Jun 2, 2011 07:11 AM

      Thank you so much, Kathryn. I'll check it out. Any other recommendations, perhaps not Chinese? (Whoops, sorry, I know I said "any cuisine" but eat far too much Chinese take-out at home to feel happy about that choice).
      Maybe I am on an impossible quest?

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        RGR Jun 2, 2011 10:25 AM

        Restaurants in the area near the Warwick tend to be on the pricey side, so your budget is a challenge.

        If you're willing to eat before 6:30 p.m., Benoit, the Alain Ducasse French bistro, on 55th, b/t 5th & 6th, has a 2-course dinner prix-fixe for $28. That should certainly leave you room for a glass of wine + tax (nearly 9%) and tip (20%). The 3-course prix-fixe for $35 is served all evening, but you might have to stick with tap water in order not to go over budget.

        http://www.benoitny.com/bistro/PDF/dinnermenu52211.pdf

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Benoit
        60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

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          dorah Jun 2, 2011 10:34 AM

          Great suggestion! Not sure we can make the earlier time, but a wonderful idea. I'll take a look at the $35.00 menu. Many thanks.

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            Rhea58 Jun 3, 2011 08:17 AM

            Another vote for the Benoit! Esp. when I stay at the Warwick as it's so
            convenient and the folks are so nice!

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              fm1963 Jun 3, 2011 01:37 PM

              If you go to Benoit, don't miss the twice baked upside down Comte souffle on the prix fixe menu.

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              Benoit
              60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

      2. ellenost Jun 3, 2011 10:40 AM

        You should try Ma Peche since: (1) it's near your hotel; (2) the French-Vietnamese food is delicious; (3) is moderately priced; and (4) has never disappointed me in more than 20 visits.

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        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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          Bkeats Jun 3, 2011 10:46 AM

          I'll second Ma Peche and also suggest Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôtes for Steak Frites (though Ma Peche has a version on its menu)

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          Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
          590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

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          fm1963 Jun 3, 2011 01:34 PM

          The bar menu at Ma Peche is very reasonable.

          lso look into Katsu Hama and La Bonne Soupe on 55th between 5th and 6th.

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          La Bonne Soupe
          48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          Katsu-Hama
          43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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            dorah Jun 5, 2011 01:24 PM

            Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. Arriving late, my friend traveled to the Upper West Side (where I live) and we went to Pasha for Turkish food. I am a Pasha fan not just for the food, but because the tables are placed far enough apart to hear one's dining companions speak, there is no piped-in soundtrack, and a lovely skylight overhead in the dining room!

            I really appreciate Chowhounders' responses to my challenging inquiry! If I am ever in midtown for dinner, now I will know what to try. Many thanks.

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            Pasha
            70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

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