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Looking for a good quality not break the bank meal near the TIme Warner Center

princeofpork Dec 28, 2011 06:52 AM

I will be doing some returns at the TWC and am looking for a noce place to have some dinner. The places in the TWC are out of my budget for this meal. I am willing to go downtown or east but no further west or uptown.
Cost wise looking at around $125 for 2 of us with a drink or 2.
We eat all cuisines and are fine sitting at the bar or a table. This will be on Thursday around 6PM so I dont hink I should have a problem getting a table.

THanks in advance

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    peter j Dec 28, 2011 07:09 AM

    La Silhouette has a three course pre theater menu for $48. Other suggestions near TWC which are much more casual:

    Yakitori Totto
    Katsu Hama
    Menchanko Tei

    I haven't tried Totto Ramen or Danji yet but have heard good things about them.

    Yakitori Totto
    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    La Silhouette
    362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

    1. famdoc Dec 28, 2011 07:12 AM

      Sapphire for above-average Indian.
      BLT Market.

      Would Marea let you have a glass of wine and a few apps at the bar?

      1845 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      BLT Market
      1430 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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        kathryn Dec 28, 2011 07:18 AM

        Walk south to Danji?

        346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: kathryn
          halo Dec 29, 2011 11:04 PM

          Danji - well worth the 6 block walk... although, i the the 30 minute waits for a table...

        2. Cheeryvisage Dec 28, 2011 07:41 AM

          Seasonal also does a $27 3-course prix-fixe.

          132 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

          1. bobjbkln Dec 28, 2011 12:40 PM

            If you are open to light fare (soups, sandwiches, quiches) in a casual but "classy" atmosphere, you can eat at a Thomas Keller spot in the TWC for way below your price limit. The Bouchon Bakery is an excellent place for light fare and desserts. They don't have a full bar, but have some nice wine and beer selections.

            Bouchon Bakery
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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              thegforceny Dec 28, 2011 03:31 PM

              Blue Ribbon

              Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
              308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: thegforceny
                bronwen Dec 29, 2011 07:43 AM

                Rue 57 is fairly close.

                Rue 57
                60 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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                donovt Dec 29, 2011 11:56 AM


                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                1. re: donovt
                  Lucia Dec 29, 2011 12:56 PM

                  Agree. I had a very nice lunch there yesterday.

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                  lemons Dec 29, 2011 01:00 PM

                  We've always enjoyed Gabriel's, and have sent frends there for years. Not sure if it's in the price range any more, but check it out. Great food, welcoming atomosphere, and somehow it's just right for winter. Years ago, we checked into the now-gone Mayflower in a snowstorm and slogged over to Gabriel's, where we were greeted by the long-missed cousins from Naples.

                  11 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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                  1. re: lemons
                    mcoleman May 23, 2012 03:11 AM

                    second this enthusiastically, Gabriel's is hearty and dependable. you might push right up to the limit if you get main courses instead of pasta but the latter are excellent. the wine list is great, includes many mid-priced (for NY) Italian bottles. the duck ragu w/noodles or gnocchi is *****

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                    trav Dec 29, 2011 01:14 PM

                    You can eat at Landmarc in the TWC and stay within your budget.

                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                    1. Adrienne Dec 30, 2011 12:42 AM

                      Ma peche. It is south and east and definitely you can eat well for that budget.

                      Ma Peche
                      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                      1. princeofpork Dec 30, 2011 06:37 AM

                        Ended up going farther south to Wollensky grill, sitting at the bar and sharing the Prime Rib Hash and a Cesar salad.

                        Wollensky's Grill
                        201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

                        1. prima May 18, 2012 08:13 AM

                          For a group with a few relatively plain eaters and a couple relatively adventurous eaters, would you recommend Landmarc, Rue 57 or Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill? Thanks for any comments.

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                          1. re: prima
                            lexismore May 18, 2012 08:30 AM

                            I find the food at Landmarc to be far better than the food at Rue 57 or Blue Ribbon Sushi.

                            Plain and adventurous eaters should do fine there - they have everything from foie gras and marrow bones to hamburgers and salads.

                            1. re: lexismore
                              prima May 18, 2012 08:37 AM

                              thanks, lexismore ;-)

                              1. re: prima
                                cricri7 May 22, 2012 06:00 PM

                                For my taste, it is Blue ribbon.....everything on the menu is great there.

                                For traditional Italian, there is Casa Bello on 9th and 56th.

                                1. re: cricri7
                                  prima May 22, 2012 09:40 PM

                                  thanks, cricri7.

                                  1. re: prima
                                    cricri7 May 23, 2012 06:03 PM

                                    I just thought about Barcibo enoteca (Broadway and 69th). They mostly serve small plates but what I had there was excellent. It is a nice, unpretentious place but with great staff...nicely decorated small place and a great wine list. I did not have their meatballs but they looked amazing. I had a cheese and charcuterie plate.

                                    1. re: cricri7
                                      uwsgrazer May 23, 2012 08:11 PM

                                      I find the noise-level at Barcibo enoteca very high. If being able to converse with your dining / drinking companions is important, I would look elsewhere.

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