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Jul 9, 2007 01:22 PM

Lunch suggestions, midtown for someone without an expense account

I am taking a couple of colleagues out for lunch this week and since my company won't allow me to expense it, I'm trying to avoid the tourist trappy Times Squareish mediocre food for premium prices restaurants. We are in Rock Center -- 6th Ave, low 50s. Can I please get some recs of nice restaurants with reasonable prices? I'd go to Hell's Kitchen if that makes the most sense. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Cuisine preferences? Per person budget? And tell us if that figure includes drinks, tax & tip.

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    1. re: RGR

      I think we're fairly open in terms of cuisine. Here's the whole story -- my colleagues suggested Ruby Foo's, not knowing that I would have to pay out of my own pocket. Granted, it's not Le Bernadine, but it's a bit of a song and dance and $20+ per entree for lunch (not to mention apps, etc.) is more than I was thinking. There will be no alcohol. I was hoping to get out of there for about $60, but maybe that's impossible.

      1. re: vvv03

        Do you mean $60 pp or in total. And if it is for the total bill, how many colleagues are you bringing out for lunch?

        1. re: vvv03

          $60 for three people? Including drinks, tax & tip? I'd say that is a rather tight budget. When you're treating people, you don't want to look chintzy. That said...

          Since your colleagues suggested Ruby Foo's (I've never been), it would appear they are open to Asian food. So, how about something more authentic? Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves very good Szechuan cuisine. They offer a lunch special -- main course + spring roll & choice of rice -- for $7.50. (Note: This is acc. to Menupages, which is not always up-to-date, so it could be a bit higher.) But even if your colleagues prefer to go a la carte, prices are way less than at Ruby Foo's.