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Cheap but classy around 47th & 8th - Tonight!

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Afternoon! My mom, her friend, and my boyfriend are going to an 8pm show at 47th & 8th tonight. We'd like to have a sit-down, casual dinner around 6.30pm. The friend will be coming from 47th & 1st, and we'll be coming from Soho.
Price is of the issue here - ideally, entrees will be $15 and under. Mom isn't in the mood for Thai, but would do Szechuan. Italian is out. I know there are a bajillion fancy delicious restaurants in these areas, but is there anything worth going to that's inexpensive and tasty?

Thanks so much!

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  1. Szechuan Gourmet, either location.

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    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      I know you said no Thai, but this is "French Thai", we always enjoyed our meals here and the price is right:

      http://www.breezenyc.com/

      There's also a Five Guys Burger, lots of places of 9th Ave that are good and in your price range.

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      Breeze
      661 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    2. 2nd Szechuan Gourmet, it is inexpensive, and tasty. But I don't know if I would call it classy (?).

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

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      1. re: kathryn

        No quite classy, but certainly passable. I think it's the best restaurant for this price range.

        1. re: Cheeryvisage

          Agreed! Thankfully the 39th St SG location finally replaced the worn banquette with rips in it earlier this year. I felt like I was sitting on rocks a few times!

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          Szechuan Gourmet
          21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      2. Thanks all! By classy I just meant I was looking for something above Shake Shack, but still reasonably priced. Sounds like Szechuan Gourmet is the way to go! I was worried it could be not that great or greasy, but looks like we'll give it a go. Thanks again!

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        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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        1. re: abco

          next time you could try 'danji' on 52nd between 8th and 9th. it's good food in a warm atmosphere and well within your price range.

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          Danji
          346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: arksi

            Danji is not nearly as good as SG, nor nearly as affordable. Yes, most (possibly all) items on the menu are under $15, but they are small. You'd need two things each, and if you're hungry, three.

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            Danji
            346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              just throwing options out there. went there a few weeks ago for pre-theatre and had a great time. i'd bring my own parents there for a pre-theatre meal. i don't know much about sg and it seems to be a completely different type of cuisine so i am unable to compare the two.

              1. re: arksi

                Yes, they're different cuisines, so comparison is hard. What I meant was that SG serves better food in its category than Danji does (in my view) in its (or, say, any mid-priced Indian restaurant in Manhattan does in its). In any case, Danji is a lot more expensive than SG.

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                Danji
                346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

        2. Thanks again everyone. We ended up going to SG. To be totally honest, I couldn't tell the difference between what we ordered and any other casual Chinese takeaway. Perhaps we didn't make the best choices (we didn't get a lot of the spicy dishes), but the Ten Ingredient Noodles had, maybe, 3 ingredients 2 of them poor quality meat. The chicken and boy choy had very little flavor. General Tso chicken was supposedly very good, but to me it looked greasy and unappetizing. Unless you have $$$, I think I'll have to consider this area in Manhattan a deadzone for me.

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          1. re: abco

            Wow, that's unfortunate. I've never ordered any of the American-Chinese / typical takeout dishes you did at SG. Since you mentioned you were open to Szechuan cuisine, I assumed that you were going to order the specialty dishes. Other than the spicy dishes like Mapo Tofu, Twice-Cooked Pork, etc., if I wanted non-spicy food, dishes like Shredded Pork with Five-Spice Tofu, Shredded Pork with Chives, Sauteed String Beans, etc. had always been delicious and wonderfully prepared.

            I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your meal. Szechuan Gourmet is a favorite Sichuan restaurant on this board for its specialties, not so much the regular takeout-type dishes. :(

            1. re: abco

              I dare say you probably didn't order the right dishes.