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Looking for a lovely piece of fish in Time Square. Help!!! Any suggestions.

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  1. What's your budget?

    Esca would be the obvious choice but it's not cheap.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Probably $30 a person.

      1. re: MarlaPR

        Is that before tax/tip or after? If it's before, that much will pay for an entree at Esca but not much else, for example.

        1. re: kathryn

          I was thinking just entree

    2. Dafni will probably work well for you.

      1. Thanks Chowhounds! Think we will do Defina, close to where we need to be later. You never disappoint!

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        1. re: MarlaPR

          I too was thinking Esca. Also Marseille might fill the bill.

          1. re: MarlaPR

            Hold it, if you're willing to pay $30 per entree, you don't need to go to a place as inexpensive as Dafni. That was for a $30 all in including tip place.

            1. re: Pan

              As long as the food is fresh and delicious, it is a win/win! More to spend on dinner or a nice bottle of wine. Have plans at 4 pm near by, so I think it will work.

              1. re: MarlaPR

                I like Dafni, but if you have the chance to go someplace special, take it. I haven't been to Esca because it's expensive, but if you can afford it, go and try it.

          2. esca

            1. Bluefin is a nice place, with good fish and more reasonable and simpler than Esca.
              http://www.bluefinnyc.com/?gclid=CMSP...

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I find Bluefin to be decidedly un-chow-worthy.

                1. re: Blumie

                  I agree.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    I find Bluefin to be best choice near Times Sq.
                    Blumie do you find Shake Shack Chow worthy?
                    All restaurants are CH worthy. for better or for worse.
                    In this case, the OP did not specify price range or type of place. Bluefin is no Le Bernadin, or Jean-Georges.
                    Esca is not for everyone. Bluefin is honest fresh fish. It is definitely chow worthy and it's reasonable and downstairs from a great bar in the W Hotel.
                    Bluefin is not Blumie worthy perhaps.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      Wow, I guess you didn't care for the fact that I disagreed with you. For a casual lunch in the Times Square area, I like Marseille and Joe Allen. I don't care for Blue Fin. I've been there at least a half a dozen times (my office used to be directly across 47th St.) and, while it was convenient, I never found it to be particularly good.

                      1. re: Blumie

                        I don't mind if you disagree with me.We all have different opinions. But to say something is unchowworthy is a statement I don't think is right to say. If we all agreed on everything there would be no use for the board, we would just all eat wherever Zagat or NYTimes sent us.As CH'ers we all enjoy eating. We all seem to enjoy high end restaurants as well as "street food".
                        So keep the disagreements coming. Btw I've had good and bad meals at Marseilles. Joe Allen has been consistent . Both Marseilles and Joe Allen have been around for many decades.
                        Just a tidbit of possibly unknown info,,Joe Allen was the financial backer for the opening of the original Sullivan St. Bakery. He was a partner with Jim Lahey and Monica (Grandaisy). He no longer is a partner.

                2. Oceana works for $30 entree at lunch.