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Restaurant recommendations near 26th and 2nd

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.

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  1. 'inoteca, lamazou, saravanas

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    'inoteca
    323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

    1. Penelope, Jaiya Thai. Bare Burger

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      Penelope
      159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Jaiya
      396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      BareBurger
      514 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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

        1. Bhatti Grill

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          Bhatti
          100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: thegforceny

            in my opinon dhaba is MUCH better

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            Dhaba
            108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          2. 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?

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            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            Riverpark
            450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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            1. re: ml77

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

              1. re: ml77

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

                1. re: plf515

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

                  1. re: carfreeinla

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

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                Sahara's
                513 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                1. 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.

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

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

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                    Molly's
                    287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

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                    1. re: valerie

                      Mollys much better than waterfront IMP

                    2. Blue Smoke?

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

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                      1. re: Barcelonian

                        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.

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                        Rolf's
                        281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                        1. re: Picnicchef

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

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

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                        Casaville
                        633 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                        1. re: Motosport

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

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

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                          Posto
                          310 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                          1. re: ukitali

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

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

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                            Riverpark
                            450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                            1. re: RCC

                              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

                                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

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