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Oct 5, 2006 08:27 PM

Reasonable Lunch near Rock Center

I know people ask about this area all the time, but I am limited to a $100 budget for three people. Does anyone know of a decent, sit down restaurant where we could do appetizer and main course, with tax and tip (but no alcohol) at that cost? Thanks very much.

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  1. If it's cuisine you enjoy, Wu Liang Ye, on W 48th St. has really excellent Szechuanese food and you should have no trouble staying under your limit unless you indulge in the more expensive specialty dishes. (But on the other hand, if you order too conservatively, you'll miss the real point of the place. Don't waste your visit on beef with broccoli!)

    The only real potential thing might be that the place is fairly cramped and can get noisy during the height of lunch hour. But the decor is nice (tablecloths, nice tableware, etc.) and the service is good. It's not a "business only" kind of place, but you will see a lot of business dress and obvious "business lunchers" there - it's not like a typical neighborhood Chinese restaurant in that sense either. (Oh, and don't worry, it does look nicer on the inside than out.;) )

    1. There are alot of lunch specials in that area. If you are into greek I think Kellari Taverna (44th st and 5th) is a good bet at $25 lunch special.

      1. I'm a major Wu Liang Ye 48th partisan, but another good choice would be Akdeniz, for Turkish, on 46th between 5th & 6th, definitely in the right price range.

        1. La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., has much more on the menu than just good soups.

          1. Have you tried the Atrium Cafe in the atrium of the Olympic Tower (51st & 5th)? Very good food, elegant ambience, and great prices. There is a lovely Greek woman in the kitchen who takes very god care of her regular cutomers. She makes great Greek-style vegetables. If she knows my colleagues and I are coming, she will save some for us. It is really a very different experience from everything else in the neighborhood.