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  • Seige Jan 19, 2012 10:29 AM
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Hi All - MSP Chowhounder is back.

Last year around this time, I was begging for recommendations for my business trip/vacation in Midtown. I got some great help, but I'm headed back at the end of this month and need some more assistance. I'm looking for some recommendations for great places to dine. Requirements as follows:

1) We're staying in midtown Manhattan - near Radio City Music Hall - good recs nearby would be awesome.
2) The front end of my trip will be business and the work colleague I'll be dining with the most is a vegetarian. I am a carnivore of epic proportions. So we really need a place where he will be happy and I will be happy. Most important for this is a place for dinner on Saturday night (1/28). Yeah, I know... dropped the ball... AGAIN.
3) Sunday (1/29) the plan is to go to a show (TKTS booth so time of show is hard to say) and dinner, but I'm thinking dinner will need to be early. So where could we go for a nice dinner - not too spendy, since it's on the company's dime - but have it early enough to get to the show with time to spare. I'm thinking like... 5pm reservations. Would also prefer it not be some place requiring formal attire.
4) When my husband arrives at the end of the week, we'll be willing to travel for good food, so if it's worth our while we'll take the subway or taxi somewhere. Additional locations near Radio City also appreciated though.
5) Would like recommendations for breakfast. We LOVE a good breakfast. Preferably very close to Radio City.
6) Lunch/Dinner recommendations should not require formal wear (hubby's not bringing a suit/jacket with him). We love fine dining, but prefer locations that are ok with nice jeans/chinos. No ties/dresses/etc.
7) Would love recommendations for street food. Hubby found a truck across the street from the Hilton New York that had a line a block long... more things like that would be awesome.
8) If reservations are required, we'd need places that can take relatively last minute reservations (obviously).
9) We love all types of food, French, Italian, Chinese, New American, Seafood... we're game for most anything.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Good places to eat around Radio City:

    PizzArte
    Yakitori Totto
    Ma Peche
    Seasonal
    Toloache
    Menchanko-Tei
    Sushiden
    Szechuan Gourmet
    The Modern Bar Room

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

    Toloache
    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

    Menchanko-Tei
    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    Sushiden
    123 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    Seasonal
    132 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

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

    PizzArte
    69 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    5 Replies
    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      Wait, you already asked the exact same questions last time you came. Maybe try the ones you didn't get to last time too?

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761901

      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Most of them, yes. My biggest concern this time around is the vegetarian/carnivore situation. Didn't deal with that last time.

        Thanks!

        1. re: Seige

          You didn't mention budget per person on food only. Any area preferences? Dress code?

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Food only - probably a budget of $35-$50 per person. With a cocktail or wine up to $75 or so. Dress code probably business casual, casual elegant or even casual as long as the food is good. My husband abhors jacket/tie requirements and I'd rather not have to get too dressed up either. Nice jeans/chinos is sort of how we roll. My work colleague has a wardrobe that will suit most anything so I'm not worried about him. :)

            Oh and street food recommendation needs are new since last time too.

            Thanks!

            1. re: Seige

              One thing to consider on Sundays a lot of shows only have a 3:00 p.m. matinee and are dark at night, so you might want to catch an early show then have dinner afterwards.

              I always recommend going over to 9th Ave. before/after the theatre, there's a ton of ethnic restaurants, all casual. I enjoy Breeze (French/Thai), Puttanesca (Italian), Pam's Real Thai....

              Breakfast - for a casual diner, I like Cosmo's diner on 8th Ave., I believe between 52/53. For more high end, people rave about Normas at the Parker Meridien (57th St., between 6th/7th)

              For dinner Sat. night, I'm thinking Craft, you can get your steak and your colleague can enjoy all the vege side dishes, which are really wonderful there.

              Hope that helps.

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              Puttanesca
              859 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

              Pam Real Thai
              404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

              Breeze
              661 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

              Cosmic Diner
              888 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    2. Ciano is currently our favorite Italian. We had a family dinner there in November. Our nephew is a vegetarian, and the menu worked well for him.

      Another good option for both carnivores and vegetarians is Union Square Cafe.

      Cafe Boulud is more upscale than those two. One of its four menus, Le Potager, is dedicated to vegetarian dishes.

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      1. re: RGR

        Went to Cafe Boulud tonight. Phenomenal! Thanks for the recommendation!

        1. re: Seige

          Glad that you enjoyed it.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: RGR

            I'm baaaccckkkk. So, last night ended up TSQ Brasserie because we needed something quick before a show. It was passable, not phenomenal. Tonight we went to Il Corso. Tiny place, but delightful. Also very thoughtful of my sheep/goat milk cheese allergy. Tomorrow night we've got a reservation at Riverpark.

            The remaining week is Maialino, Seasonal, and Ma Peche. So one more question... On Wednesday night, I'll be dining alone. Any suggestions for a good casual dress restaurant for a single diner walkable from Radio City?

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            Il Corso
            54 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

            TSQ
            723 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: Seige

              The Bar Room at The Modern, on 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th, would be the perfect place.

              http://www.themodernnyc.com

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

              1. re: RGR

                Oh and I did go to The Modern Bar Room. Very good and great as a solo diner. Definitely a hopping place!

              2. re: Seige

                This trip was a complete success. Thank you CHers! Riverpark was great... a big hit with my work colleagues. Just wanted to mention it here even though it wasn't recommended here. Other highlights were dinner at Maialino, Seasonal, Ma Peche and brunch this morning at Balthazar. While they were all wonderful, the real star was the 7-course tasting we had at Seasonal. They really hit it out of the park. If you have a chance - definitely check it out. Delicious food, the chef was a sweetheart... we had an amazing time. Thanks so much for all your help! Will definitely try to plan ahead for the next trip, even though we didn't do too badly this time. :)

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                Balthazar
                80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                Seasonal
                132 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

                Maialino
                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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

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

                1. re: Seige

                  Great to know you enjoyed The Modern Bar Room, Ma Peche, and Seasonal. Thanks for reporting back.