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Lunch with Mom tomorrow in West Village (probably)

My mom is coming to NYC for a few hours tomorrow and I'm looking for a great place for lunch (it'll probably be raining tomorrow) that is very NYC.

I'm thinking Tartine, any thoughts? Or Pastis if it's not pouring. Perhaps Westville if we want casual (out of these 3 I've only been to Westville, and I love it).

I do *not* want to go to AOC on Bleecker (very over-rated, and the time I went to August for dinner during restaurant week it was extremely mediocre, too, sadly) nor do we want anything ethnic-y (so basically we want French/American, perhaps Italian). I don't think I want Blue Ribbon either.

If it's a gorgeous day and we have time, we might taxi up to David Burke and Donatella's for their $24 price fix lunch -- it's a bit stuffy but very interestingly NYC to me.

Anyhow, I digress. Lunch options in the WV anyone?

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    1. Gotham Bar & Grill. Their lunch prix-fixe is $27.


      1. I don't think Tartine is open for lunch.

        I like El Charro at 4 Charles (Greenwich Ave). Great, authentic Spanish food.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          snack taverna is fresh, tasty greek food. not expensive in a great well-lit space...

          1. re: ChefJune

            Tartine is open for lunch and it's great...way less crowded than dinner there. Get the sauteed chicken with spinach salad (or with fries...their fries are great!)...so delicious!

          2. there is nothing mediocre about august....

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            1. re: jsmitty

              I had fish there during rest. week and it definitely was mediocre. I would take Little Owl over August any day.

              1. re: tennisboy

                little owl is very good. sorry you had a less than satisfying august experience...

              2. re: jsmitty

                I was also very disappointed with august. I had such high hopes for them (am a big fan of samuelsson) but after two lunches and two dinners I have given up. Great space but the food is barely edible at best.

              3. Cornelia Street Café
                Café Condesa

                  1. re: allegra

                    Second 202. Another suggest is Cookshop

                  2. Pastis has never failed me for that kind of lunch.

                    1. Have you looked into Home? The potato cakes and grilled brook trout are very good lunch options.

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                      1. re: cimui

                        AOC Bedford is far better than AOC on Bleecker.
                        Have you tried Casa Mono?

                      2. Perry street is a great option (also does a prix fixe), though it can be a bit empty and has fantastic minimalist design so if you're looking for a warm cosy place you may want to go somewhere else.
                        Osteria and San Ambroeus are good choices for italian, Paradou for french. You may also want to check out morandi-they should be serving lunch already.

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                        1. re: scanditrash

                          Ended up doing Tartine. IT WAS EXCELLENT -- PERFECT! thanks

                          (i think 202 is very overrated also -- $17 for mediocre french toast and coffee? no thanks)