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1 Dinner/1 Lunch Staying in Soho

I'm headed to NYC on a business trip, staying in SoHo and will have 2 meals that aren't meetings. These meals don't have to be in SoHo, but I'd like to stay in Manhattan. Dinner should probably stay under $50, before drinks.

I love everything, especially sushi, but it doesn't have to be sushi. I used to live in Boston and loved Toro, but I've read mixed reviews of Toro NY.

Help! Too many choices

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  1. My two faves at the moment are Hundred Acres (soho)and Lafayette (noho). You are right about there being too many choices! Enjoy!

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    1. re: Kathyd1

      Lafayette is a relaxed and beautiful place, good for lunch as the sunlight gleams through the large windows. I personally find Hundred Acres to be very mediocre and purely thrives because of the neighborhood.

      1. re: zeeEats

        Will be more difficult to stay under $50pp at Lafayette given that their entrees are in the 30s (am unsure if the OP meant before or after tax & tip).

    2. What days of the week will you be free?

      Going to be hard to do sushi under $50 in manhattan, downtown.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Tuesday lunch & dinner

        Thanks!

        1. re: chow_heel

          I would look at Pearl & Ash, Uncle Boons, Public. Nolita is very close by and has lots of interesting, exciting, and not terribly expensive cuisine options these days. Pearl & Ash especially has some great composed raw bar dishes.

          I'm going to assume that your $50pp is before tax, tip, wine/drinks.

          Also if you have lunch at a cheaper place like La Churreria or Despana, you can spend more on dinner.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891334

      2. Lunch: Osteria Morini, The Dutch, Lafayette, Balaboosta, Joseph Leonard, Spotted Pig.

        Dinner: Charlie Bird, Piora, Perla, Fedora, Minetta Tavern, Estela, Pearl & Ash, L'Apicio, Osteria Morini, Empellon Taqueria.

        I honestly don't think you'll have much (if any) issue getting into any of these places on a Tuesday night dining solo, especially if you're willing to sit at the bar. Many of these places have great and fun bar rooms, it's always nice to chat up the bartenders and have a few good cocktails.

        1. For sushi within your price point, a lot of people I know love the $45 omakase at Sushi Dojo in the East Village.

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          1. re: loratliff

            +1 for Dojo. Kanoyama is also a good option for mid-priced sushi.

          2. I highly recommend Ushiwakamaru for Sushi if you are near Soho. They do a great 38 dollar sushi combo which includes toro piece and uni.

            Le Philosophe in Noho is a great french with a very reasonable wine list, amazing frites!