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Tapas/small plates---for LUNCH?

Anne Oct 26, 2006 09:30 PM

Planning early...DH and I will be staying with my parents the week between Christmas and New Year's. While we have plenty of favorites for dinner in Queens (where they live), we like to explore in Manhattan during the days and are always looking for someplace interesting for lunch. We hear that tapas/small plates (all cuisines) are now popular in the city (the trend hasn't caught on here at home in Peoria!). Does anyplace serve tapas or small plates at LUNCHTIME? We're pretty open to all cuisines. As always, delicious food is more imortant to us than ambiance, service, alcoholic beverages, etc.

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    DaveS RE: Anne Oct 26, 2006 09:39 PM

    Tia Pol is fantastic, and I believe they serve their tapas at lunch.


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      david sprague RE: Anne Oct 26, 2006 09:51 PM

      i've had small plate lunches at Casa Mono -- a Mario Batali place that's a bit pricey, but very good. nice selection of dishes and wines as well. it's on east 17th st/irving Place. enjoy your visit!

      1. MMRuth RE: Anne Oct 26, 2006 11:50 PM

        I've only been to Casa Mono for lunch and always enjoyed it - can be pricey - but for us, in part, because of the incredible Spanish-only wine list.

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          Le Den RE: Anne Oct 26, 2006 11:54 PM

          Boqueria (W. 19th at 6th) and Casa Mono (just off Union Square) are my favs. Tip Pol may or may not be open for lunch during the week, but def are for brunch. Very hard to get in as its small.

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            DaveS RE: Le Den Oct 27, 2006 01:44 PM

            As per their website, its open for lunch tues-fri, 12 -3.

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            ceeceee RE: Anne Nov 7, 2006 12:57 AM

            i love cafe espanol, a small old style spanish place with real substance. plenty of small plates. i love their garlic shrimp and their potatoes!

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              xigua RE: Anne Nov 17, 2006 06:42 PM

              I visited Stanton Social last weekend and the portions are nice and small and very appropriate for sharing.
              Besides brunch-inspired dishes, they also have interesting menu items such as the french onion soup dumplings. Plus, the LES is a great neighborhood to walk around after your meal too!

              1. quentin RE: Anne Nov 17, 2006 07:09 PM

                Otto, another Batali place, is open for lunch and as well as small plates, has pizza and pasta. Though the small plates are the best - and the olive oil gelato!

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