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I am coming in to town with three friends for the weekend and we are looking to spend new year's eve relaxing in a nice restaurant. We love good food, but don't want to break the $100/person barrier if we can help it. I've read suggestions on other threads to skip the hype (Daniel's, etc..) and stick with a good neighborhood / ethnic restaurant. That sounds great to us, but we're out-of-towners and don't have any favorites to fall back on.
We are staying in an apartment in the east 50's, but don't mind traveling for good food! If you have any neighborhood restaurants that you really like, I'd love to hear about them.

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  1. Well, there are plenty of low key restaurants and low key wine bars in that area so you can find something. Traveling on NYE is a pain, cabs are impossible so stay on your subway line (the 4/5/6) if you're going out elsewhere.

    1. Do you prefer a casual or dressy venue? Quiet or lively? For context, where are you coming from and what are some of your favorite restaurants in your home city? Is $100/per person for food only, or does that budget include drinks, tax, and tip? Many restaurants also tend to attract a specific demographic, so if that's somewhat important to you, please provide the relevant info.

      Some ideas in or near the East 50's (call for NYE menu prices which are sometimes not listed online):

      Oceana
      The National
      La Mangeoire
      Wolfgang's
      Benoit
      Modern Bar Room
      Ma Peche

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      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

      La Mangeoire
      1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

      Oceana
      120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

      Benoit
      60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

      The National
      557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Wolfgang's
      200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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      1. re: fm1963

        Thanks for your response, and also for that first list to check out. We're from Washington DC, programmers/architect/professor in our thirties. Dressy is fun, but not absolutely necessary - and lively sounds great if it doesn't require shouting to converse. We do have two vegetarians in the party, but we don't need a veggie-oriented restaurant, and while we enjoy almost every cuisine, some favorites are thai, indian, afghan, ethiopian, italian & spanish (tapas). I could stretch the budget to $125 to cover the drinks/tax/tip, but definitely no further... I'd rather go to a place with great food that allows me to enjoy the company of my friends than to the fanciest place I can afford. Thanks so much for your advice!

        1. re: jburgard

          For Indian I've enjoyed Chola on East 58th Street though it's very low key. Ciano and Maialino are good Italian options downtown accessible to the # 6 subway line, For tapas or Latin small plates, maybe Casa Mono, Boqueria, Pipa or Nuela (also downtown and near the # 6 line), though frankly you might be underwhelmed if you are fans of Estadio or Cafe Atlantico in DC. I'm not aware of any good Thai, Afghan or Ethiopian restaurants nearby but others may chime in.

          I haven't been to The Smith on Second Ave. between 50th and 51st St., but it might work for your group. Here's a recent review.
          http://www.immaculateinfatuation.com/...

          Menu:
          http://www.thesmithnyc.com/TSMT%20Din...

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Chola
          232 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

          Pipa
          38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Boqueria
          53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Nuela
          43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

          The Smith
          956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          1. re: fm1963

            Café Atlántico's DC branch has closed, unless you meant to say Jaleo? Having dined at Jaleo, and Estadio, I think we have Spanish restaurants that are better, namely Tertulia and Txikito; however both of those are on the west side and may prove difficult in terms of travel.

            For good Thai on the east side, there's Zabb Elee, but I don't know if they'll stay open late for NYE.

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            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            Zabb Elee
            75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Tertulia
            359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: fm1963

              Thanks for your continued advice! Unfortunately we just got a message from the rental property company saying the apartment we reserved was suddenly unavailable and transferring us to Sherman Square just west of Central Park. I'm starting the restaurant search over again! Any suggestions for that neighborhood?

              1. re: jburgard

                So about West 70th and Broadway or so?

                Luckily, if you stay north of 59th, you'll completely avoid the Times Square security/traffic mess.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Yep, just that area. Within a half mile radius for walking would be great, but we're happy to hop a train for a good dinner.

                  1. re: jburgard

                    Some ideas north of 59th St. in the upper west side (call for any menu changes for NYE):

                    Lincoln
                    Loi
                    Cafe Luxembourg
                    Telepan
                    Dovetail
                    Ouest

                    I haven't tried Gastroarte yet (Spanish tapas) but have read good reviews.

                    Accessible by subway downtown -

                    Tertulia and Txikito for tapas, as Kathryn mentioned above.

                    Junoon for upscale Indian food like Rasika (not sure though if they are serving the usual a la carte menu for NYE).

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                    Telepan
                    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                    Ouest
                    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                    Cafe Luxembourg
                    200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                    Dovetail
                    103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

                    Txikito
                    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                    Lincoln
                    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

                    Junoon
                    27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

                    Tertulia
                    359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    Loi
                    208 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                    1. re: fm1963

                      fm1963, we loved our meal at Rasika in DC earlier this year -- do you think Junoon is comparable? It's been on my list for a while (have stopped by for drinks but not dinner).

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Yes - Junoon is comparable in my opinion, though Rasika is probably a bit more innovative. Hard to tell though since I've only been to Rasika once. Did you have the crispy spinach with yogurt, tamarind and date chutney? OMG.

                        BTW, Junoon is now serving the full dining room menu at the bar in case you want to try a few plates while having drinks.

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                        Junoon
                        27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

                        1. re: fm1963

                          That crispy spinach at Rasika is the stuff dreams are made out of!

                  2. re: kathryn

                    Loi is across the street, I have not been yet but hear good things.

                    Ocean Grill is a possibility (79th and Columbus)
                    Cafe Ronda is a good Argentine place nearby
                    Tolani at 79th and Amsterdam is good too.

                    You'll be very near the 72nd St express stop for the 1/2/3 and that makes the West Village very accesible

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                    Cafe Ronda
                    249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

                    Ocean Grill
                    384 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                    Tolani
                    410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                    1. re: dyrewolf

                      You guys are wonderful, thanks so much!

          2. For Thai, try Tom and Toon, on w 51st street. They have other food besides Thai also, but Toon is Thai, and is a great Thai chef. They usually have live entertainment also. If certain dishes are not on the Thai menu, they may still be able to make it for you

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            Tom & Toon
            241 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              thanks foodwhisperer!

            2. Loi is very good, the service is a bit spotty. Luxenbourgh and telepan should also suit your needs.Gastroarte is overrated, How about Ma Peche?

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              Telepan
              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

              Cafe Luxembourg
              200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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

              Gastroarte
              141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

              Loi
              208 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: rkaene

                I wouldn't do Ma Peche as getting there and back to the UWS means the OP has to go through the barricaded area (which goes up to 59th).