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Weekday lunch at a comfy, inexpensive place downtown, w/good wine list

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I am taking a couple of days off from work this week. And I would like to spend the good part of an afternoon of one of those days eating a good meal--but not too fancy--slowly, over a bottle (or two) of good wine. The kind of place I have in mind is Frankie's 17 (LES) or Gascogne (Chelsea), but I have been to both already and would like to try something new. Suggestions?

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  1. Blue Ribbon Bakery in the west village is very cozy with creative American (and some French) food and very good wine. Even when they're packed I've never felt rushed -- I'm sure lunch would be very relaxed.

    Cornelia St Cafe would be less expensive, and on a nice day you could either sit outside or new the open door-windows.

    I live in the west village, work from home, and you've make me realize that I definitely don't do this enough!

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    1. re: erin07nyc

      blue ribbon bakery can get insanely loud when it's packed, unfortunately, if noise level bothers you...

    2. Gavroche, on 14th St., b/t 7th & 8th Avs., is a French bistro with very good food. They have a lunch prix-fixe for $19. Since the weather is going to be so nice tomorrow, you could see if the garden is open. Not quite as charming as Gascogne's, but still very pleasant.

      http://www.gavroche-ny.com

      1. What about August? Especially the front room near the wood-burning oven...so cozy. On Bleeker, I think near Charles/Perry.

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        1. re: dixieday2

          Thanks. August is actually EXACTLY the place in mind--I had read about it, never been there, and couldn't remember its name. I went there today, sat in the back room, had a delicious escarole salad and a chorizo sandwich, and shared a bottle of wine with my husband. Perfect.

        2. 'ino on the lower east side