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Jun 14, 2011 09:01 PM

ISO Mediterranean Resto suggestions convenient (via subway or bus) to Lincoln Center

We have a reservation for some music at Lincoln Center on a Thursday and we are looking for suggestions for a dinner early enough to get us there by 8:45 to 9.

As I recall, the dining spots close to Lincoln Center are not brilliant. So the better option is someplace on a subway or bus line convenient for Lincoln Center. Probably something Greek, Turkish, Spanish (broadly Mediterranean), but not Italian, in the mid to low price range. The preference would be a place that offers unusual options, with an emphasis on light vegetarian-friendly fare. Nothing wrong with fish and lamb as well, but the vegie options should be a strength of the place.

I hope that is specific enough to generate some ideas.

Edited to add:

By low to medium price range, I mean around 25/30 per person for food, informal atmosphere, perhaps lunch counter ambiance, probably no table cloths.

Molyvos is probably too formal and expensive and Kashkaval probably has too much cheese and not enough veggies.

While the preference is probably Mediterranean, ideally Turkish, other ethnic cuisines could be suggested as long as not Chinese or Thai/Laotian.

Redeye is not the kind of place to be considered, particularly since the menu on the website

omits prices, reason enough to boycott the place on principle.

What about Snack Taverna on Bedford St. near the Number 1 train in the West Village, about half an hour from Lincoln Center?

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  1. First, I have to strongly disagree with you about the restaurants in the very immediate vicinity of Lincoln Center. After having had two dinners at Lincoln, the most recent just last week, I feel the cuisine is superb! Same goes for Picholine. And I've heard excellent reports about the new Boulud Sud. However, based on your stated budget, none of them would work, of course.

    Lincoln photos:

    I don't consider Molyvos to be formal. Having also just eaten there recently, I think the food is delicious. But meeting your budget would probably be difficult.


    We haven;t been to Uncle Nick's in a long time. The Greek food there has always been reliable, and I've not heard anything recently to the contrary. Definitely casual and prices fit your budget. (Two stops on the 1 train to Lincoln Center)

    871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    Uncle Nick's
    747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Boulud Sud
    20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: RGR

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      Uncle Nick's may be worth trying, particularly if we can get there around 5:30 before it gets busy. From the reviews, it seems one consistent comment is that their quality declines when the press of customer demand gets too great.

      ny recent experiences out there?

      s for the price, Uncle Nick's seems about 1/2 to 2/3 the cheaper than Molyvos. And they don't seem to have table cloths, at least not according to their website photos. For what that is worth.

      871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      Uncle Nick's
      747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: VivreManger

        I think the food at Molyvos is superior to Uncle Nick's. You are correct that Uncle Nick's does not have tablecloths. Also, tables are very closely spaced, and the decor is plain. I prefer having tablecloths, more comfortably-spaced tables, and very attractive ambiance a la Molyvos. Service at Uncle Nick's is very abrupt vis-a-vis attitude and can be rushed while at Molyvos, servers are pleasant, and one never feels rushed. So, overall, I think this is a clear case of you get what you pay for.

    2. I enjoyed both Kefi and Fish Tag. Fish tag had a more creative menu than kefi.

      505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Fish Tag
      222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

      1. Pasha (70 W. 71 St.) is a good Turkish, close to Lincoln Center option within your budget. Entree options for well under $20, including vegetarian, and a 5-7 PM prix fixe for $26.95. Very pleasant, quiet ambiance and nice service. Must reserve.

        70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: City Kid

          All of these are good ideas. In the meanwhile just got a request from one of those joining the dinner (we will be three) that we eat further south, perhaps around Chelsea.

          Any similar suggestions but closer to the 20s?

          1. re: VivreManger

            There is a Persian place, Pars on 26th that I had a nice dinner with some vegetarians at a while back, they certainly had things that don't come up on every menu, and had quite a few things that reminded me of meze type items.

            249 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: Alan Henderson

              After considering the options we have decided to try Pasha. Thanks for all the advice. I will try to post a review when I get a free moment,

              The Chelsea girlo decided to join us uptown after all.