I am going to a concert tonight at MSG with my family and they are coming in from the suburbs and we need a place to get drinks/dinner beforehand. I work right near Grand Central and they are coming in from the suburbs. I usually don't eat right near GCT or MSG, so I don't really know places that are within a block or so.
The main issue is timing. They are coming in around 5:30 (I don't know why), I finish work at 6:15, and the concert starts at 7:30. They said they'd wait for me to eat, so it seems to me it makes more sense to go to a pub or someplace they could at least wait at the bar until I was finished with work.
I also have the fact that my father isn't very adventurous foodwise, while he is very much a New Englander and loves seafood & anything on the halfshell (I was actually thinking maybe Dock's for happy hour & just take a cab over), he really only eats American, Italian, and Japanese--basically no Indian or Mexican or cuisines you don't find in the suburbs. (Whereas I consider myself a foodie and will eat anything and the more authentic and less Americanized the better.)
I'm thinking probably moderate price range--nothing where the entrees are over $30, etc...
Anyway, either someplace near GCT or MSG (where they should be able to find fairly easily without my help) would be great.
I realize I probably gave more info than needed, I have a problem with rambling. Thanks!