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Lunch near the MoMa?

elm222 Jan 11, 2006 09:28 AM

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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    jhggeyser Nov 25, 2007 05:59 PM

    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.

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      Lucia Nov 24, 2007 01:15 PM

      La Bonne Soupe, Menchanko-Tei, Burger Joint

      1. Gluttonous Prime Nov 22, 2007 06:26 PM

        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.

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          jenkc Nov 21, 2007 03:24 PM

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

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            idia Nov 21, 2007 01:25 PM

            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.

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              lamaranthe Nov 21, 2007 08:52 AM

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

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                financialdistrictresident Nov 21, 2007 01:27 PM

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

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                vinominer Jan 11, 2006 11:27 PM

                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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                  kerokaeru Nov 23, 2007 09:06 AM

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

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                  CornflakeGirl Jan 11, 2006 11:30 AM

                  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...

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                    Ron2 Jan 11, 2006 10:19 AM

                    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
                    Chez Napolean

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                      cocolou Nov 25, 2007 12:06 PM

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

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                      Phil E. Jan 11, 2006 10:10 AM

                      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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                        elm222 Jan 11, 2006 10:17 AM

                        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.

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                          thievery Jan 11, 2006 12:52 PM

                          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
                            kathryn Nov 21, 2007 10:28 AM

                            It's the same menu all day long.

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