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lighter fare for dinner between Gold Coast (lower-Upper East Side--E 60s) and Bryant Park tonight

Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 11:56 AM

Kind of a last-minute plea: We've been visitors chowing on all sorts of things for days. I don't want another Italian, kebab, pizza, or burger joint. I need something lighter--like a brothy Asian thing or veggie/salad-intensive sort of place. No more gut-bombs.

Were it not so far South, I'd head back to Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown for the awesome broth dumplings...

Ideas?

edit p.s.: nothing super-fancy for timing reasons.

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    fm1963 RE: Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 12:21 PM

    Joe's Shanghai has a branch on West 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

    Katsu Hama has Japanese cutlets as well as ramen.

    Ma Peche might also work for you.

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      Bada Bing RE: fm1963 Aug 15, 2013 12:32 PM

      THanks! The Joe's tip is awesome. I'll look into the others, too.

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        Monica RE: fm1963 Aug 15, 2013 01:01 PM

        Also Hidechan ramen on 52st between 2nd and 3rd.

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        Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 12:47 PM

        How about the Modern Bar Room?

        1. Motosport RE: Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 12:56 PM

          Mapo Tofu or Hunan Manor across the street

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            Elisa515 RE: Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 01:06 PM

            Check out Restaurant Rikki just east of Grand Central. Authentic Japanese homestyle.

            1. Bada Bing RE: Bada Bing Aug 15, 2013 05:59 PM

              Too bad I only had time to factor in fm1963's suggestions: decided Katsu-Hama on 47th was our best bet and took a cab there to find it boarded up with a "renovating until September" sign. Arghh. I'd even checked the company website--you'd think they'd indicate there that one of their locations is out of commission.

              With time tight and no better clue, we headed to the Grand Central food court. I had Thai Toon make me a fresh batch of phad thai--not bad but not a learning experience. Oh, well...

              Thanks, everyone.

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