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    • 19lottie82
    • By 19lottie82 9th Mar 17, 10:31 PM
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    19lottie82
    Yes, just don't pick the expensive food and drink on the menu.
    Originally posted by richardw
    Based on my last 2 recent trips it's not quite that simple!

    Any examples to accompany your suggestion?
    • Duckyduck
    • By Duckyduck 9th Mar 17, 11:31 PM
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    Duckyduck
    I promised myself we wouldn't go back after the combination of high costs and the poor pound, but we've had a bit of a windfall so I have promised we will take the kids (13/17) in December.

    Is there such a thing as a decent sit down restaurant in manhattan (ideally midtown but if not, not important) for a reasonably priced meal? Ie 2 courses plus a drink each for 4 people for under $120 before tax and tip?

    Or am I dreaming?

    Thank you

    Lottie
    Originally posted by 19lottie82

    $30/person is a pretty midrange budget, there will be plenty of choice.

    As an example Olive Garden is considered to be a "nice" chain restaurant, and even at their Times Square location you'd be looking at around $35/person for 2 courses and a drink. Everything in Times Square is over priced, walk even just a block from tourist hotspots and you'll easily find somewhere reasonably priced. If you're a foodie you might be better checking trip advisor or yelp for reviews/recommendations.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 10th Mar 17, 8:44 AM
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    richardw
    Based on my last 2 recent trips it's not quite that simple!
    Originally posted by 19lottie82
    Starter $9

    Main $15

    Drink $6

    You just have to stick with your budget.
    Most menus are online so look at their website before you go.
    Last edited by richardw; 10-03-2017 at 8:50 AM.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • 19lottie82
    • By 19lottie82 10th Mar 17, 3:10 PM
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    Bizarrely enough I do know how to count, add up and also browse the Internet!

    I'm just asking for suggestions of where to eat within my budget.

    I'm guessing you can't assist?
    • John259
    • By John259 10th Mar 17, 3:20 PM
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    I'm just asking for suggestions of where to eat within my budget.
    Originally posted by 19lottie82
    Maybe try Applebee's:
    Web site https://www.applebees.com
    Map of locations https://goo.gl/maps/ozKBNZ2U1x72

    Or for a good burger, Wendy's:
    Web site https://www.wendys.com
    Map of locations https://goo.gl/maps/HnRNemNKSUK2
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 10th Mar 17, 3:27 PM
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    richardw
    ....I'm just asking for suggestions of where to eat within my budget....
    Originally posted by 19lottie82
    That wasn't your first question, you implied something wasn't possible, it is, so carry on with your search. Start with google maps and look at restaurants near your hotel to save needing a cab or metro back after your meal.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • bleepandbooster
    • By bleepandbooster 10th Mar 17, 9:40 PM
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    5 Guys ! You even get free peanuts !

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    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 11th Mar 17, 7:38 AM
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    74jax
    6 weeks today and I'll be back in New York. 2nd time for me and I can't wait to arrive in NYC, step out and 'smell' New York again.

    Looking forward to a more relaxed visit. 5 full days and I want to walk the high line, bike central park, check out World Trade Centre, book a show (Charlie and the chocolate factory is full for my visit....) and do the Grand central audio tour.

    So excited. I'm currently looking for a show to watch, a nice place for an afternoon tea or lunch and 'unusual things to do'. I'm trying to pin point a good speakeasy restaurant too.

    Happy planning folks!
    Last edited by 74jax; 11-03-2017 at 8:03 AM.
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    • srisport
    • By srisport 11th Mar 17, 10:32 AM
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    6 weeks today and I'll be back in New York. 2nd time for me and I can't wait to arrive in NYC, step out and 'smell' New York again.

    Looking forward to a more relaxed visit. 5 full days and I want to walk the high line, bike central park, check out World Trade Centre, book a show (Charlie and the chocolate factory is full for my visit....) and do the Grand central audio tour.

    So excited. I'm currently looking for a show to watch, a nice place for an afternoon tea or lunch and 'unusual things to do'. I'm trying to pin point a good speakeasy restaurant too.

    Happy planning folks!
    Originally posted by 74jax

    Im going to New York on the 12th - 21st April, and we are planning something similar to you.


    Where are you looking for booking tickets to a show if you don't mind me asking?


    Rergards
    • TAZ
    • By TAZ 11th Mar 17, 1:15 PM
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    TAZ
    Bizarrely enough I do know how to count, add up and also browse the Internet!

    I'm just asking for suggestions of where to eat within my budget.

    I'm guessing you can't assist?
    Originally posted by 19lottie82
    we ate at brazil brazil in the restaurant district it was lovely as as we were two small eaters they even split our dish.

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d1368037-Reviews-Brazil_Brazil-New_York_City_New_York.html
    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 11th Mar 17, 8:19 PM
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    74jax
    Im going to New York on the 12th - 21st April, and we are planning something similar to you.


    Where are you looking for booking tickets to a show if you don't mind me asking?


    Rergards
    Originally posted by srisport
    First time I booked direct to watch Lion King. This time I will probably do on the day as the isn't a stand out show I REALLY WANT to see. Other than Charlie and that is full.
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    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 12th Mar 17, 1:15 PM
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    We tend to eat in 'ethnic' restaurants in Mew York. Love Vietnamese, and Mexican.
    I have never found New York cheap for eating out. Last time we booked a suite, which had basic cooking facilities.

    It easily paid for itself as we saved a lot by eating breakfast in every morning, and cooked dinner in four nights out of seven.
    We found wine particularly expensive in restaurants. Paid 35 dollars in a fairy basic restaurant one evening for an average bottle.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 12th Mar 17, 6:53 PM
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    Ganga
    We tend to eat in 'ethnic' restaurants in Mew York. Love Vietnamese, and Mexican.
    I have never found New York cheap for eating out. Last time we booked a suite, which had basic cooking facilities.

    It easily paid for itself as we saved a lot by eating breakfast in every morning, and cooked dinner in four nights out of seven.
    We found wine particularly expensive in restaurants. Paid 35 dollars in a fairy basic restaurant one evening for an average bottle.
    Originally posted by holidaysforme
    We have just returned from NewYork and never found it cheap for anything!
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Duckyduck
    • By Duckyduck 12th Mar 17, 8:13 PM
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    Not sure if they still exist, but about 5 years ago there was a wave of $1 Pizza slice stalls/shops opening. Can't get much cheaper than that, and tasted pretty decent too!
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    • John259
    • By John259 12th Mar 17, 8:21 PM
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    Not sure if they still exist, but about 5 years ago there was a wave of $1 Pizza slice stalls/shops opening. Can't get much cheaper than that, and tasted pretty decent too!
    Originally posted by Duckyduck
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=casey+neistat+dollar+pizza

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    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 12th Mar 17, 10:17 PM
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    We have just returned from NewYork and never found it cheap for anything!
    Originally posted by Ganga
    I hope you enjoyed your holiday You spent a lot of time researching and preparing.
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
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    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
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    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 13th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
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    I hope you enjoyed your holiday You spent a lot of time researching and preparing.
    Originally posted by springdreams
    We certainly did,i of to the gym this morning but with a bit of luck i might get my trip report done later today.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 13th Mar 17, 3:53 PM
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    Ganga
    Full trip report

    Holiday booked with Thomas Cook
    Newcastle/NY Roosevelt hotel Midtown,free upgrade and free WIFI
    Cost £1,243.97 6 days/5 nights plus spending money

    Left home for Newcastle Airport,flight at 9.35am,took off on time and landed at terminal 5,took bus to terminal 3 and had a drink.Checked in at American Airlines and had been moved to a couple of rows further forward,had window middle and end seats to ourselves ( me and my wife )
    Took off 10 mins late but pilot said he would make it up,served petzels and drinks,beer,wine and soft drinks free,spirits were $8 each!landed 43 mins early.
    Eventually got thru customs/security and cab into NY.Stayed at the Roosevelt hotel on45th/maddisom avenue.

    Unpacked and went out for meal and drinks,went to bed at about 10.00pm NY time.Woke up at 2.00am,slept on but up early.

    Day 1. Breakfast in Grand Central Station then subway to Fulton Street to visit Nat. Sept.11 memorial and museum.A very sad but interesting visit.Walked down to Staten island Ferry and seen SOL .subway back to grand central,drink in hotel,sleep, then out for meal and drinks.

    Day 2. Collected coffee,s from starbucks.Walked to TOTR,seen ice rink etc then up to the top.Walk to Ellens Stardust Diner for lunch,Times Sq walkabout,evening meal and drinks.

    Day 3 Collect breakfast from starbucks,walk to Dylans Candy store for sweets for grandaughters ( they had made a list),shops,lunch,Central Park,Strawberryfields and Dakota building,walkabout,evening meal and drinks.

    Day 4 Collect breakfast from starbucks,visit Grand Central Station for pictures and good look round,Chrysler building,again lots of pictures,walkabout,evening meal and drinks.

    Day 5 Up early,collect breakfast,pack cases and sit in hotel foyer/bar,organize transport to airport,shared a streched limo with two young english lads,checked in eventually,took off on time,arrived Heathrow then back to Newcastle ( tired but worth it )

    Thanks to all the people on this site for the help and advice that made this holiday great.

    Ganga and My better half
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    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 13th Mar 17, 6:21 PM
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    Thanks for the report Ganga and glad you both had a great holiday.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 13th Mar 17, 7:15 PM
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    Ganga
    Thanks for the report Ganga and glad you both had a great holiday.
    Originally posted by pompeyrich
    Thanks for that,i have seen on facebook that NY is expecting between 18 and 24 inches of snow next week,looks like we went at the right time
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
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