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Restaurant recommendations near 26th and 2nd

Chocolatelovah Dec 10, 2011 09:56 PM

I'm attending a show at a theater on the corner of 26th and 2nd and looking for a restaurant in the area for dinner beforehand. Any suggestions? Something not terribly expensive is preferable.

  1. rose water Dec 11, 2011 03:54 AM

    'inoteca, lamazou, saravanas

    323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Bistro Lamazou
    344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

    1. princeofpork Dec 11, 2011 04:41 AM

      Penelope, Jaiya Thai. Bare Burger

      159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      514 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. brancron Dec 11, 2011 04:28 PM

        East Japanese Restaurant at 26th and 3rd is a high-quality conveyer belt sushi place that's pretty awesome.

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          thegforceny Dec 11, 2011 04:31 PM

          Bhatti Grill

          100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: thegforceny
            jamala Dec 21, 2011 07:34 PM

            in my opinon dhaba is MUCH better

            108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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            ml77 Dec 11, 2011 08:58 PM

            Can you define not terribly expensive?

            I live in the area and two of my favorites are Maialino (21st and Lex) and Riverpark (29th and 1st). I don't think of them as expensive but YMMV.

            BTW, what theater is on 26th and 2nd?

            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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            1. re: ml77
              princeofpork Dec 12, 2011 11:53 AM

              You dont think of Maialino as expensive? I have never gotten out of there under $200 per couple.

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                plf515 Dec 13, 2011 03:40 AM

                Maialino is great, but I would definitely say it was expensive.

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                  carfreeinla Dec 24, 2011 09:56 AM

                  Agreed. Even lunch is pricey since the portions tend not to be mammoth

                  1. re: carfreeinla
                    ml77 Dec 27, 2011 08:41 PM

                    No, I usually stick to small plates and pasta and don't spend more than I do elsewhere. Even the entrees though, at $25-$35, are pretty standard for Manhattan.

              2. chloes Dec 12, 2011 12:46 PM

                Sahara's has a great middle eastern spread in that area.

                513 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                1. visciole Dec 12, 2011 02:56 PM

                  A few blocks further is Via Emilia, on 21st Street just west of Park Ave South. It's very reasonably priced and they make their own pasta. Cash only, though.

                  Via Emilia
                  47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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                    valerie Dec 12, 2011 04:05 PM

                    For pub food, there is Molly's on 22nd and 3rd or Waterfront Ale House on 30th & 2nd.

                    287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                    Waterfront Ale House
                    540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                    1. re: valerie
                      princeofpork Dec 12, 2011 07:19 PM

                      Mollys much better than waterfront IMP

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                      Barcelonian Dec 13, 2011 06:17 AM

                      Blue Smoke?

                      Blue Smoke
                      116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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                        Picnicchef Dec 13, 2011 06:20 AM

                        Not great food, but Christmas atmosphere like nobody's business is Rolf's. You'll be amazed at the decorations and underwhelmed but satisfied with the schnizel.

                        281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                        1. re: Picnicchef
                          princeofpork Dec 13, 2011 07:04 AM

                          I have always wondered how they get around the mutliple fire hazards and not get any violations.

                      2. Motosport Dec 14, 2011 07:21 AM

                        Casaville on 2nd Ave near 35th St is not expensive. French/Moroccan/Tapas style menu. Even a belly dancer on some nights.

                        633 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                        1. re: Motosport
                          princeofpork Dec 14, 2011 07:32 AM

                          I have been meaning to try that place. Is the food anygood?

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                          ukitali Dec 14, 2011 01:15 PM

                          A little further downtown at 18th and 2nd is Posto Pizza. Decent thin-crust pizza and very affordable.

                          310 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                          1. re: ukitali
                            princeofpork Dec 14, 2011 04:05 PM

                            Put prego sauce and sargento shredded mozz or a saltine cracker and that is Posto. Not a drop better.

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                              visciole Dec 14, 2011 05:38 PM

                              Wow, you're makin' me hungry ;)

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                            RCC Dec 24, 2011 09:58 AM

                            The bar menu and appetizers at Riverpark is worth the trek.

                            450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                              sugartoof Dec 27, 2011 10:35 AM

                              Is there still a bar menu at Riverpark? I no longer see it listed online. Once you click it, they take you to the Terrace Menu with the fried chicken.

                              Can you still eat in the bar area, or do they make you go sit on a picnic bench in that outdoor area?

                              1. re: sugartoof
                                ml77 Dec 27, 2011 08:45 PM

                                The Terrace menu and the Bar menu are the same thing. And you can order from the Bar menu anywhere, even from a table in the dining room as I have done numerous times.

                                1. re: ml77
                                  sugartoof Dec 27, 2011 09:10 PM

                                  thanks. i wouldn't have wanted to hike that far east without knowing that.

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