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Great Affordable eats near 55th St and 5th Ave...HELP!

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I have a relatives coming into town in a couple of weeks from Europe who I have never met before. They are staying at the St. Regis at 55th and 5th Ave. I am trying to find a nice smallish restaurant for food and conversation; great food a must, but it has to be AFFORDABLE...AFFORDABLE. Best if there are at least vegetarian options. Are there any such places in that area.
Hope this is not too big an order... ;-)

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  1. I'm not sure what affordable means to you but here are some suggestions:

    Benoit
    Ma Peche
    The Modern Bar Room
    Katsu Hama
    La Bonne Soupe
    Pizzarte

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    1. re: MrGrumpy

      i want to be the guy that considers The Modern AFFORDABLE...AFFORDABLE!

      If you do a lunch, look at Seasonal.

      1. re: coasts

        Thanks! But Seasonal and The Modern Bar Room are way pricier than I would call affordable.

        1. re: Zier

          Maybe you missed it on their website, but Seasonal offers a three course lunch for $29.

      2. re: MrGrumpy

        For lunch - and great salads - I've done well at Angelo's Pizza on the north side of 57th between 6th & 7th. Their pizza is also excellent. Out of towners are always pleased. I add my rec for La Bonne Soupe.

        1. re: Jane A.

          I'm adding my votes for Angelo's and La Bonne Soupe.

        2. re: MrGrumpy

          Thirding La Bonne Soupe: tasty, affordable, and could NOT be closer. Fun, too!

        3. Affordable as in $5 lunch special, or affordable for someone who stays at the St. Regis?

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            I m not staying at the St. Regis. So affordable might not have to be as low as a $5 lunch special but certainly closer to that then prices at the St. Regis. Most of the suggestions above are a bit pricier then I was hoping for.

          2. What does affordable mean to you in terms of food cost per person? $15 pp before tax, tip, wine/drinks? $20pp?

            If you give a dollar figure we can help you more. You need to be more specific.

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            1. re: kathryn

              Great question. Let's say more or less between $20-$35 pp for food. Is that possible?

              It is perhaps an unfair standard, but I live in Queens so I am used to eating just incredible food at realistic prices. But I know Manhattan is different. Thanks for any help.

              1. Affordable being relative, and with the relatives from Europe, how about Joe's Shanghai (56th btwn 5/6)?

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  +1, the soup dumplings would be a novelty

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I haven't had the soup dumplings at that Joe's Shanghai but I definitely wouldn't recommend it as a place for "great food" and "conversation," as requested by the OP...in my experience awful food and service. Maybe others have suggestions on some of the more pubby sort of places on Second Ave. in the 50s.