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Lunch near the MoMa?

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I will be going to the MoMa this Saturday and was wondering if there was a nice place to have lunch nearby, I think the Modern may be a little too upscale as we will be going out for a nice dinner that night, but definitely looking for a nice relaxing place for lunch for 3 women. What is the other cafe like at the MoMa? Should we just do the Bar room at the Modern?

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  1. I've had both lunch and dinner at the Bar Room at the Modern and definitely recommend it. The menu configuration (small, medium and large plates) enables you to have a large, expensive meal or something lighter and cheaper.

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    1. re: Phil E.

      Good to know. Do you know if the menu is the same for both lunch and dinner? The menu on menupages looks more geared towards dinner.

      1. re: elm222

        the cafe at aquavit (not the dining room) is another option. $20 prix fixe 3-course menu... that will satisfy, but lite enough not to spoil dinner. will be in keeping with the design-y mood of the MoMA. easy reservations on opentable.com. if you're all up for scandinavian food...

        1. re: elm222

          It's the same menu all day long.

      2. The cafe at MoMa is a cafeteria with shared communal tables where one orders at the counter. Food is ok, but the room is very loud. The Bar Room would be a good option. Or, search on Menupages.com -- go to Advanced Search, and select W 50's.

        These are all good and less upscale and less expensive than the Modern:

        La Bonne Soupe
        Maria Pia
        Mangia e Bevi
        Roberto Passon
        Menchanko-tei
        Chez Napolean

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        1. re: Ron2

          La bonne soupe: See their menu on www.labonnesoupe.com
          For $15-18 you get a very good lunch

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          CornflakeGirl

          You could always do Terrace 5 in the MoMA where they offer table service. The food is a bit more upscale than Cafe 2.

          Link: http://www.moma.org/visit_moma/restau...

          1. Take a short walk to Chikubu on 44th b/t 5th and Madison for unbelievably good traditional Japanese. Many options are a bargain.

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            1. re: vinominer

              Went there on Wednesday night, and it is no longer in business.

            2. europacafe.com
              Many locations and one close to MoMA. Breakfast for $5 or so, salads, pressate, etc. Busy place, good fresh food.

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              1. re: lamaranthe

                Another possibility is eating somewhere in Little Brazil (46th between 5th and 6th), a short walk from 53rd.

              2. Funny! I too am going to MOMA on Saturday.
                I intend to have lunch at La Bonne Soupe after deep sixing The Modern.
                You don't need a reservation. Just walk in.
                Enjoy MOMA.

                1. There's a place called Pazza Notte on 6th Ave, around 56th St. Great pizzas, salads, and flatbreads.

                  1. If you're in the mood for soup dumplings, there's a Joe's Shanghai about a block away. On weekends, it doesn't get very crowded and is quite relaxing.

                    1. La Bonne Soupe, Menchanko-Tei, Burger Joint

                      1. The three-course prix fixe menu at Anthos is a great value, and it's only one block away. If you want a memorable lunch, consider going there.