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Place to eat near the Morgan: Madison & 36 St.

Lizbet Feb 1, 2013 08:46 AM

We want to have an early, simple dinner prior to a performance at the Morgan Thurs. evening. Would like somethig close by-- Curry Hill is a little too far. Would like something inexpensive ($25. p.p., not including drinks or tax, or less), but good. Could be ethnic (Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Italian, etc. Not Japanese or Korean) or American. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    thegforceny Feb 1, 2013 08:51 AM

    Resto, Cannibal

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      MrGrumpy Feb 1, 2013 09:34 AM

      Szechuan Gourmet on 39th Street.

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        bronwen Feb 1, 2013 09:47 AM

        The Morgan's little restaurant is nice - if it's open for dinner.

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        1. re: bronwen
          Lizbet Feb 1, 2013 10:16 AM

          We want to look at the Surrealist exhibit before the show, and the museum will be open to us just at 6, so we need to eat early- around 5.

        2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2013 11:12 AM

          Nanoosh would work. And the Korean BBQ restaurants on West 35th - like HanGawi, Madangsui and Cho Dang Gol - offer many menu items in your price range.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            goodhealthgourmet Feb 2, 2013 12:09 PM

            Oops - I missed the "Not" in front of Japanese or Korean. Sorry!

          2. Motosport Feb 1, 2013 11:50 AM

            Byblos on 28 St and Madison has excellent Middle Eastern food.
            Rare on Lex and 37th has good food in your budget.
            Mapo Tofu or Hunan Manor across the street (40 and Lex)have excellent Chinese

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              plf515 Feb 2, 2013 11:37 AM

              I know you said "not Korean" but the Korean fried chicken places probably aren't what you think of as Korean. There are a couple of them. I have been to BonChon Chicken a few times.

              They are definitely in your price range but might be too casual for what you have in mind. The decor is pretty minimal.

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                comiendosiempre Feb 3, 2013 03:02 PM

                Look at Cafe China, just a couple of blocks away. It is a good, quick option for that area.

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                  Simon Feb 3, 2013 07:31 PM

                  Used to love Cafe China, but very downhill these days: a new (very bad) chef hired two months ago, and steadily worsening service...it's gone from my fav Sichuan to an absolute no-go for me...

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                  Elizabeth E. Feb 4, 2013 08:05 AM

                  Piccolo Cafe is in the next block. Cute little place, quite casual (lots of folks stop in for carryout). Very good homemade pastas.

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                    Lizbet Feb 9, 2013 10:02 AM

                    We went to Picolo, and we were disappointed. We shared vegetable lasagna and pumpkin (I think that's what they were supposed to be) gnocchi. We liked neither. Lasagna had no sauce and just chunks of butternut squash. Gnocchi tasted only of the pasta-- could not taste anything inside them. The salad was fine. I would not return.
                    While I'm not a vegetarian, I am not a meat (or chicken) lover. If I want Chinese food, would other people recommend Szechuan Gourmet or Cafe China? If I go down to 28 St., I'd probably choose one of the Indian places there.

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                      plf515 Feb 9, 2013 02:09 PM

                      I have been to the Szechuan Gourmet on 56th street and it is very good. I reviewed it: http://voices.yahoo.com/restaurant-re...

                      I believe it is the same group in the downtown one, but I don't know for sure.

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                        Pan Feb 10, 2013 01:50 AM

                        Yes, it is the same ownership.

                  2. Toot Feb 4, 2013 10:25 AM

                    The restaurant at the Scandinavian House, Park and 37th.

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