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Recs for lunch with my aunts.

Little Cupcake Dec 27, 2006 06:33 PM

Hi Everyone,

My aunts are incredibly picky about restaurants, partly because one aunt is a great cook. I need an inexpensive restaurant that isn't a total dive. Bonus points if it's located in Midtown or the UES.


* Under $10 for lunch
* good service- one Aunt gets really ticked off by rude waiters
* No Italian


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    haleyjen RE: Little Cupcake Dec 27, 2006 08:01 PM

    Take them to JG Melon for an amazing burger!

    1. welle RE: Little Cupcake Dec 27, 2006 08:18 PM

      You can do Menchanko-Tei on W 55th st. There is also a branch on E45th which for some reason has better food, but maybe a bit divey for your aunt. 55th street location's food is still very good, it's in a posher neighborhood and has a nicer-looking dining room.

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        RGR RE: Little Cupcake Dec 27, 2006 10:00 PM

        Is that "under $10" supposed to cover everything, i.e., food, drinks, tax & tip?

        1. lutkie RE: Little Cupcake Dec 28, 2006 04:52 AM

          It's pushing the midtown..but what about Chez Laurence, 245 Madison Ave, New York 10016
          At 38th St.

          1. Little Cupcake RE: Little Cupcake Dec 28, 2006 04:03 PM

            Thanks for the recs so far.

            RGR- I meant under $10 per entree, tax & tip not included.

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              RGR RE: Little Cupcake Dec 28, 2006 07:23 PM

              That being the case, why not consider going for one of the $25 3-course prix-fixes offered by a number of upscale restaurants. One of my favorites is Fleur de Sel. Delicious French (not Italian) cuisine. Professional service; ergo, no rude waiters. Small space with attractive contemporary decor, so definitely not a dive. No bonus points, however, because it's on 20th St., b/t 5th & B'way.


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