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Jul 13, 2011 03:22 PM

Please help with last-minute Midtown and near-Met Museum recs

A friend and I are making an impromptu overnight trip to Manhattan this Friday, July 15. He lives in Delaware and I am visiting from Ohio. We are staying overnight at the Radisson Martinique at Broadway and 32nd. We will arrive around midday on Friday and stay until about 6 pm Saturday. One day we plan on the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the other day at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (and yes, I know I can't ask for Brooklyn info here in the Manhattan board).

I am looking for suggested restaurants for dinner for Friday night both near our hotel and also near the Met, should we happen to stay there late. No chain restaurants, please. One person will eat anything; the other is allergic to strawberries, does not love red meat, and does like seafood. Also, no Mexican, please, but any other type of ethnic is fine. No place where jackets and ties are required, and nothing fancier than Dockers and a decent shirt for the gentleman, please. We are hoping for a price range of up to $40 per person, not including drinks, taxes, and tip. Someplace we don't have to shout would be a plus; one of us has some hearing loss and loud restaurants are difficult. We do not need romantic, however! And of course, we probably will need a restaurant that will take walk-ins, since I am guessing we are much too late to make a reservation.

I know there have been other requests for lunch places near the Met and will seek out those threads, but any additional recommendations are very welcome. I have eaten at Le Pain Quotidien and would like something new; I looked at the menu for Le Paris and it's definitely possible; Cascabel Taqueria looks good but violates the "no Mexican" request.

I have not been to Manhattan for about two years and am not current on the restaurant scene. It is possible we'd be willing to go elsewhere for dinner Friday night if there is something just wonderful we need to try, or someplace that really fits the bill but is not in the locations I specified. I don't need a destination restaurant, but rather something solid and good value.

Please tell me if you need more information, and thank you in advance for your help!

Le Paris
1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

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  1. It's not too late to make a reservation, depending on where you wish to eat.
    If you haven't used opentable, give it a try - you can put in the time and number in your party and get a whole list of available reservations-and note the map feature-you can quickly find what's around where you are.

    1. Since you're near Koreatown (Ktown) try Ichi Umi's buffet. Has a little of everything (Asian-centric, of course), good quality. If you go, though, watch out for pushy waitresses seeking larger tip, and don't go near closing time! (Double-check me; I think the buffet price is not more than $40, not including drinks, taxes and tip.)

      6 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016