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CindyJ Apr 25, 2012 12:17 PM

I'm hoping someone can recommend a good spot for an early (6-6:30) weeknight dinner in a location that's either a quick cab ride or an easy subway ride to Penn Sta. Greek, Italian, French -- all good. Small and intimate with a reasonably priced menu (not more than $50 pp) even better. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  1. buttertart Apr 27, 2012 10:50 AM

    When softshell season is on Tracks (IN Penn Stn) has a "festival" and features an excellent softshell crab po'boy. I'm not kidding.

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      thegforceny Apr 25, 2012 01:44 PM

      This comes up often. Search for Penn or MSG or Madison Square Garden.

      Recent thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843465

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        CindyJ Apr 25, 2012 07:13 PM

        I didn't actually say I wanted to be in the vicinity of Penn Station; I just want to be able to get back there relatively easily. That means a cab ride that doesn't have to go crosstown at rush hour, or a short subway ride, preferably without having to change trains. A few stops south of Penn Sta. on the A. C or E, for example, would be fine

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          thegforceny Apr 25, 2012 07:24 PM

          Read the thread.

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            uwsister Apr 25, 2012 07:31 PM

            That covers quite a bit of area - a short ride on A/C/E will take you to Chelsea, WV, UWS... there's also 1/2/3 train at Penn Station as well. So you could probably go anywhere on the West Side of Manhattan. It would probably be helpful to be a little more specific - for instance, would you prefer Greek cuisine to others? (I'm only mentioning it because you named it first.) That would narrow it down quite a bit, for example.

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              CindyJ Apr 26, 2012 05:56 AM

              I'm more interested in the quality of the food than ethnicity, and Greek would be great. And south of Penn is better than north.

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                thegforceny Apr 26, 2012 08:45 AM

                TONS of options.....

                Going SW into Chelsea:
                Ovest
                Grand Sichuan
                Co.
                Txikito
                El Quinto Pino
                Red Cat
                Trestle on Tenth

                Going SE:
                The Breslin
                John Dory
                Junoon
                The restaurants in EATALY
                15 East
                Gramercy Tavern
                Tocqueville

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                  CindyJ Apr 26, 2012 03:26 PM

                  Thanks!!!!! That's the kind of list I was hoping for.

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                  LeahBaila Apr 26, 2012 09:03 AM

                  For Greek that's relatively close/easy to get to and fro, look in to Dafni Greek Taverna: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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                    CindyJ Apr 26, 2012 03:27 PM

                    I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!!!

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                      buttertart Apr 26, 2012 04:48 PM

                      Like Dafni a whole lot.

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                        Pan Apr 26, 2012 09:47 PM

                        Completely absurd portions, though. Order half of what you think you want, seriously.

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                          buttertart Apr 27, 2012 10:49 AM

                          Or go all the way and take the rest home, if it's something amenable to same and you can. They serve terrific olives, by the way.

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            EBT Apr 25, 2012 01:35 PM

            Keen's Steakhouse and Ai Fiori are both within close walking distance.

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