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Impressive Light Lunch in Midtown on Saturday

Can anyone suggest a place for a light lunch in Midtown? I would like the place to be impressive and elegant because this is for a 50th Birthday celebration. However, we don't want to eat anything too heavy because we will be going for our spa treatments afterwards. I was thinking Astor Court at the St. Regis but is there something better in the area?


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  1. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon @ the Four Season's Hotel
    Address: 57 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-350-6658

    Probably serving the best French food in NYC right now...

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    1. re: nyufoodie

      Thanks. It looks good. I checked out the website. Frustrating that they don't have prices however. I know it is expensive but I like to gather as much info as possible.

      Any other suggestions?

      1. re: acervoni

        How about Gordon Ramsay? There are prices on his website.


        1. re: acervoni

          You can try calling and asking them. But, I got the impression that you were not concerned with the prices if your other choice was the St. Regis that's the reason why I suggested a restaurant in a hotel. Pricewise Robuchon will be expensive and it's safe to assume that it will be 50 to 100 bucks per head depending with what you end-up ordering but, this is the best hotel restaurant around at the moment that even prompted two chefs from a top rated zagat french restaurant to conclude that this place is the one serving the best food in the city right now. Another option maybe brunch/lunch in Norma's - a popular brunch spot inside the Le Parker Meridien....which actually may work better for your group as you did mention that you can't eat much. There's also Asiate at the Mandarin Hotel.

        1. Norma's is anything but light. the portions are enormous and not very tasty. For a light, elegant lunch, maybe Aquavit?

          1. Do a lunch of Crudo at Esca. One of the great meals in NY I think.


            1. ...I think the Modern Dining Room is a good suggestion together with Aquavit (Dining Room and not the cafe)... I am sure the poster can keep the meal light depending on what they order.

              1. If they are open for lunch Alto might be nice. Also, you can get great salads at Fred's at Barney's. Must make a reservation. Could get a little hectic on a weekend, but as long as you have a reservation you will be fine/

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                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  Alto does not serve lunch on Saturday. :-(

                2. Thanks for the suggestions. I originally wanted Astor Court because we are both really into tea and, since they serve afternoon tea, thought that would be a great place. Unfortunately, they don't serve the tea menu until 3.

                  I think The Modern and Aquavit are great ideas but the dining rooms in both places are not open for lunch. How are Aquavit's Cafe and The Modern's Bar Room?

                  Asiate looks wonderful! But they only have the pre-fix brunch menu available on Saturday and I just can't eat all that food! We'll have to go there another time though.