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Dec 11, 2006 04:47 AM

Nice lunch on West 14th Street

I have to be on 14th and 7th this Saturday with my parents and wanted to take them somewhere nice for lunch. Any recommendations? I don't want to take them too far. Thanks!

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  1. La Nacional (Spanish), both between 7th and 8th Aves. on 14th St? I'm not sure what you mean by "nice" -- La Nacional certainly isn't fancy. My first thought was Crispo, the Italian place across the street, but I believe they don't open until 5.

    1. i think GAVROCHE is open for lunch.

      you could get hotdogs on the corner at PAPAYA KING or there is tiny SUCELT too.

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      1. re: mrnyc

        I haven't been to Gavroche in over a year but when I was last there they had a sensational lunch for $19, with a hanger steak big enough to be named after an aeroplane hangar or coq au vin. It's right near 14th and 7 Av. According to the website, they still have the $19 deal!

        1. re: Brian S

          Gavroche does not serve lunch on Saturday. (Note: I have had the hanger steak at Sunday brunch there. Not as gargantuan as your description, though more than adequate and one of the best I've had anywhere.)

        2. re: mrnyc

          how is sucelt? its right by my apt and i always have been meaning to try it, but haven't gotten around to it, what's good there?

          1. re: Lau

            i really like the place in general. staff & food consistant over many years. there was an article in the ny'er or the times or something that was titled 'so goes SUCELT goes new york' or something like that. so true.

            the only thing that rises to great level is the cafe con leche. it's a workday morning ritual. otherwise, they have decent steam table stuff like pork chops, rice and beans and all that.

            also, they have a variety of ok tamale styles and fruit batidas for summer. i get some frozen tamales sometimes there and steam them up at home.

            give it a try or three and post lau, i'd like to hear your review!

            1. re: Lau

              sucelt: best empanadas in town, i think. try pulled beef or ground beef. their spicy sauce on the counter is also incredible. goes really well with empanadas. steam table fare also above average but it's the empanadas.....most underrated dive in nyc.

          2. Walk three blocks to 7th Avenue and West 11th. Turn right onto Greenwich Avenue. Plenty of nice places: Good, Arte Pasta.

            Or turn left and you could hit Elephant and Castle and others down Greenwich.

            1. Le Gamin, Cafe de Bruxelles, Safran, Agave, Maroons. I like good and Elephant and Castle for brunch, but both tend to be really crowded around lunch on a Sunday.

              1. Gusto is just a few blocks down (it's on Greenwich just east of 7th Ave) and does a very nice lunch. Also, they take reservations, which is always nice when there are parents along.