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Sunday dinner on the East side?

We'll be in NYC for 4 nights and will be hitting some pretty expensive and upscale places. We do have a free night when we arrive on Sunday and are looking for something not too fussy or expensive (less than $100pp) ideally not too far (or a short cab ride) from our hotel on 57th & Lex. We'd like something comfortable, not too loud serving good drinks and American, French, Italian food...or seafood in our area. Sunday seems to be a bit of a problem; we'd love some recommendations.

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  1. Sea Fire Grill or Il Postino

    1. A 10 min cab ride could get you to Public.

      1. Felidia on 58th between 2nd and 3rd.

        Salumeria Rosi on Madison between 72nd and 73rd.

        1. I'm assuming $100pp is total - includes tax, tip, and drinks?

          $100 before tax/tip is around $77.

          Minus, say, two drinks each @ $12 (average) per drink, that's around a $53 menu price (how the $$s fritter away, I know...)

          Around Midtown I'd suggest...

          Bar Room @ The Modern - though it can add up quick, fine if you're eating light.

          Bar @ Aquavit - not as adventurous as the regular dinner in their main dining room, but solid Nordic comfort food and very good cocktails, really underrated bar program.

          Alfama - hearty Portuguese fare, good wines, never tried the cocktails

          The National - nothing crazy creative, but well-executed American fare.

          Monkey Bar - great drinks, though the food menu might be a little on the pricey side.

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          1. re: sgordon

            I was going to suggest The Modern Bar Room but I was afraid it may be a bit too loud.

          2. If you want something that's "just neighborhood" and within walking distance, then Luna Piena for Italian, on 53rd between 3rd and 2nd; Jubilee for French on 1st between 52nd & 53rd. All menus are available at menupages.com