An oasis among high priced restaurants in the Times Square area
While trying to maintain a budget on our stay in Manhattan, we found the price of meals to be astonomical! On our first day in NYC, my daughter and I were dismayed to find we spent over $30 for cheeseburgers and sodas at lunch and $90 for 1 steak and 1 pasta dinner with 1 drink apiece.
On our second night, after having spent $11 for 2 slices of pizza for lunch, we were headed for dinner before a Broadway show. As our taxi headed down E. 47th towards Times Square, my daughter spied Connolly's Restaurant's sandwich sign advertising a surf & turf dinner for only $17!!
Our cab dropped us off at the corner of 47th and Broadway, we planned to go to Planet Hollywood, knowing full well that we'd be paying an exhorbitant price for a so-so meal. Fortunately for us, some celebrity was there and the crowd was about 50 deep all around the restaurant.
We decided to keep on walking down the block, back to Connolly's. What a treat!!! We were seated downstairs in a beautifully wood paneled room. I ordered the surf & turf, and my daughter ordered chicken parmesan. Both entrees were under $20 and were excellent! The surf & turf consisted of a good sized, tender and flavorful piece of steak with three large shrimp scampi, a baked potato, and some nice, crisp & fresh green beans. My daughter raved about her chicken parmesan, 2 large freshly breaded & crispy chicken cutlets served over a bed of spaghetti covered in a delicious marinara sauce. My only complaint about the meal was the lack of bread or rolls served, even though there were bread plates on the table when we were seated.
The service was wonderfully attentive, and our requests for more sauce and butter were met in a timely manner and with a smile! (Something I found woefully lacking in the other restaurants we visited.)
All in all, I would very highly recommend Connolly's to fellow tourists who are looking for a great meal that won't break the vacation budget!!