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Upper East Side Lunch with long lost friend

ludwige Aug 22, 2006 09:33 PM

Any suggestions for a lunch this Thursday on the Upper East Side for myself and a great friend I haven't seen in ages? Ideal: Pretty, quiet, not horrifically expensive, not too crowded, and somewhere between 63rd and 97th street...Any and all suggestions appreciated.

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    mimolette RE: ludwige Aug 22, 2006 09:36 PM

    maybe cafe boulud?

    1. jenniebnyc RE: ludwige Aug 22, 2006 09:46 PM

      Per Lei (same owner as Baraonda)in the 70's on 2nd may be a good choice depending on what time you are going. It gets a bit crazy later in the evening, but if you go early and sit outside it is a really nice spot for dinner.

      The pastas are very good and none over $20.

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        RGR RE: ludwige Aug 22, 2006 09:50 PM

        We just had a lovely lunch for the first time at the Boathouse in Central Park. We were pleased to find that, with the exception of the awful bread, the food is delicious. I recommend the New England clam chowder, the Moroccan-spiced codfish, and the sorbets.

        The lakeside location is really pretty, the space is very attractive and, though it is a busy place, the noise level is conversation-friendly. Thursday's weather is supposed to be much like today, i.e., perfect for dining al fresco.

        Though we were walk-ins and waited only 15 minutes for a table, I strongly suggest that you make a reservation.


        1. jenniebnyc RE: ludwige Aug 23, 2006 01:18 AM

          Also, Payard Patisserie has a nice lunch. The pastries have gone way down hill, but they make a supberb lardon salad.

          1. Jill RE: ludwige Aug 24, 2006 02:13 PM

            Orsay is kind of an old standby but it has that nice, French bistro atmosphere with a pretty outside seating area...Lex and 75th. If you like seafood, The Atlantic Grill is pretty good and reasonably priced. They have a nice outdoor seating area as well.

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              RGR RE: Jill Aug 24, 2006 03:01 PM

              Jill, I didn't know that both these places have outdoor dining areas. Are they back gardens?

              Also, how's the food at Orsay?

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                Jill RE: RGR Aug 29, 2006 05:34 PM

                They have cafe seating...sidewalk seating, rather than back gardens, unfortunately. But both have areas that are decently spaced and covered, in case of a bit of rain. I love eating under an awning when it's raining. But maybe that's just me.

                The food at Orsay is pretty decent. I've eaten there several times and although I've never been blown away, I've never been disappointed either. My only "issue" with Orsay is that it's a bit expensive.

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                  G3B RE: Jill Aug 29, 2006 05:49 PM

                  I had RW dinner there this summer and won't return. Food was not very good and service was very rushed and they were not busy.

            2. Jill RE: ludwige Aug 29, 2006 07:42 PM

              I've always liked the food, but I see your point regarding the service. There can definitely be some unnecessary attitude tossed around by the staff. Luckily, I haven't really experienced anything too egregious.

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                  RGR RE: designerboy01 Aug 29, 2006 08:31 PM

                  Hey, designerboy01, It would really be helpful if, instead of posting just a cryptic single word + a link, you would post the name of the restaurant so that we are not forced to click on the link unless we're interested in doing so. Thank you. :-)

                  In this case, I have been to Beyoglu and liked the food.

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