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Any place for lunch that's not killer touristy near Rockefeller Center?

newfie29 Dec 12, 2006 04:13 PM

I have friends coming in from out of town next week to see the Xmas show at RCMH - I'm trying to get out of it, but probably will end up meeting them for lunch. Anything decent that's not too terribly far away (they're old) but has a tiny bit of NY flavor/ambience?

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  1. C. Hamster RE: newfie29 Dec 12, 2006 04:21 PM

    Don't know if it's too far but La Bonne Soupe on 55th between 5th and 6th is one of my very favorite places.

    Not too touristy and quite New York. I have seen Jeffrey Steingarten (a regular) and Kitty Carlisle there the last few times I've gone.

    It's quite busy at lunch time.

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      mle18 RE: newfie29 Dec 12, 2006 05:27 PM

      Cite Grill (the lower key part of Cite)

      1. AKR RE: newfie29 Dec 12, 2006 06:44 PM

        La Bonne soupe is pretty good but a few streets up from Rock Center. It's on 55th.

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          jdmetz RE: newfie29 Dec 13, 2006 03:23 PM

          Brasserie Ruhlmann on 50th at Rockefeller Plaza is a nice space with pretty solid food (menu developed by Laurent Tourondel) and a nice view of the tree. I had a nice lunch there and also stopped by for a drink this past Saturday night when Rockefeller Center was mobbed and it was a nice quiet spot.

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