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Long lunch, Madison/5th btw. 35-40th?

I am meeting a friend from out of town who has meetings in that area and will
be heading to Penn Station after lunch. I am looking for excellent food primarily,
and a place that is comfortable/quiet enough to linger. And of course, CLEAN!
Not worried about price. Neither of us eat meat but both eat fish (cooked)
and everything else. Any suggestions? KayMae

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  1. the modern
    alto, 53rd and 5th
    aquavit

    for unparalleled fish, le bernadin has a lunch tasting for $60, or a "city harvest" menu for $40, the profits of which benefit the city harvest charity.

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    1. re: winebitch

      between 35th and 40th....

      perhaps you read it incorrectly

    2. I would suggest Keens, on 36th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. Yes, I know it's a steakhouse, but there is fish on the menu. I love their shrimp cocktail, and the last time we were there, one person at our table who ordered fish said it was excellent. Furthermore, the wonderful old NY ambiance is unbeatable. Keens stays open all afternoon, so you don't have to worry about being rushed out.

      http://www.keens.com

      1. thanks for the suggestion, but since neither of us have eaten meat for about
        30 years the smell of a steakhouse would be daunting, to say the least....

        1. For lunch in that area, I really enjoy Koi, at 40 W. 40th in the Bryant Park Hotel. Plenty of fish (both cooked and raw) prepared well.

          1. What about the Cafe at Country on Madison in the high 30s? It has a nice ambiance and I'm sure they would have no problem with you lingering on a weekday afternoon. Country, the more formal restaurant upstairs, may be serve lunch as well, but I have not had the opportunity to dine there.