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Aug 9, 2006 03:33 AM

Revolving guestlist NYC midday nosh in October

Fellow hounds, my new husband and I have a 12 hour layover on our way to Europe at the end of October, and hope to catch up with many of our NY friends that day.

We're looking for a chowish, casual spot in Manhattan where the staff would not be irked if we staked out a largish table for a revolving group of people over a couple of hours, say 10-noon. Perhaps a cafeteria or buffet? If we were home in LA, it would be a natural for Phillipe French Dip, but in NYC we are in the dark. Where can we be comfortable as people come and go, and still get some good eats? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Perhaps in the "seat yourself" section of Katz's Deli. (corner of Ludlow & Houston)

    Great Pastrami and hot dogs and as long as somebody's noshing on something, I don't think they'll really care.

    1. Perhaps City Bakery? 18th St. between 5th and 6th Ave. Good food in an upscale-cafeteria-like setting. I've staked out some of the upstairs tables before and stayed for hours with friends over coffee, etc.