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  • dorah Jun 1, 2011 07:33 PM
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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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  1. 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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    1. re: kathryn

      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?

      1. re: dorah

        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/di...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

        1. re: RGR

          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.

          1. re: dorah

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

            1. re: dorah

              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. 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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        1. re: ellenost

          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

        2. 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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          1. re: fm1963

            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