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Small Plates (MSG/ESB area), NYC weekend itinerary

SaraPA | Feb 4, 201208:45 PM

I'm surprising my Mom with a trip to NYC. We are staying at Affinia Manhattan (7th b/w 30th and 31st).
My Mom is not the most worldy person, and she loves to eat different food other than "meat and potato" when we are together. I like to bridge my chowhoundy world with hers and meet somewhere in the middle. Not awful for me, not too adventurous for her. For instance, once place I've decided on is Toloache. (She loves "Mexican.")

Looking for recs for a Sat dinner, MSG/ESB area. I'm not opposed to travel, just nice to be near home.

She *loves* small plates. Think American Tapas, or Americanized Spanish tapas. But not too trendy, not too "weird", and not "too" fancy. And not bar menus. (Despite all this, she really is a cool Mom!)

Thought about Chinatown Brasserie, but it's a bit to travel. And their dim sum can get quite pricey.

As always, my thanks.

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