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Good but not too too expensive Italian restaurant in theatre district?

Going to dinner Sunday (yes, Easter! but it's not about that) with relatives including 90-year-old cousin coming in from out of town. They want Italian or maybe Greek and are staying in West 50's. Any restaurants that are good but no more than $25 for main courses?

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    1. Good but not too too expensive Italian restaurant in theatre district?
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      Mercato

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        90 year old cousin staying in the west 50's. Isn't Mercato on 9th Ave and 38th? The 90 year old would have to be in awfully good shape (or take a cab I guess).

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I agree.
          Do the pasta tasting and it should fit within your budget. Choice of Caesar salad or mixed antipasto and 3 pastas served table side for 22.95. Always delicious.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Thanks. I think they upcharge for every holiday.

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    There is more offered with that $45 price tag than just their usual salad/antipasti and pasta for $22.95. It also includes a secondi and dessert. A good price for what I think is quality food.

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      Yes, but it is still over OP's price range. I personally can't imagine a 90-year old eating that many courses, but I may be wrong. YMMV.

                      1. re: foodiemom10583

                        Sorry, I was just clarifying the price difference for anyone interested. I realize it is almost twice what the OP has budgeted.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          It really does look like a good deal.

            1. Its Mercato over Becco for me, even with the special. I would take the short cab ride if needed.

              Four months ago I would suggest Il Melograno on 51st/10th, but after a recent visit I'm not so sure anymore.

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              1. re: Ziggy41

                I really like Mercato also. I haven't been there in a while, but from what i remember, it did not seem like a restaurant that a 90 year old might be comfortable in. I remember tables very close together. I may be wrong though.

              2. Trattoria Trecolori has very decent Italian food

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                1. re: arepo

                  I agree on Trecolori - we've brought family there a few times now. The food is well-done basic Italian, the prices are reasonable (especially for the neighborhood), and the space is big enough for groups.

                  1. re: arepo

                    Tried Trecolori 2 weeks ago and was very happy.