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I need a place near Bryant Park or Grand Central that's not expensive -- just a cute place to meet my mom on a Saturday afternoon for salad/sandwiches. Any ideas?

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  1. This might not be the most traditional suggestion, but they do have sandwiches and a salad or two... Try the AQ cafe. Its a small order at the counter scandinavian food cafe that is delicious and a great deal. It is located on 38th and Park inside the scandinavian cultural center. When I went, it was pretty quiet inside but everyone seemed to be enjoying their food. Great swedish meatballs, smoked salmon, herring and other stuff too. About 7-13 a person I think.

    1. Cafe Charlie - 40th between 5th & Madison. excellent sandwiches!
      Also, there are 2 places on 5th between 40th & 41st that are cute - an italian place (Crestanello?) --- there's a cafe place too (good sandwiches/soups)... i'm blanking on the name, it's "__________ & ___________" - similiar to "Dooney & Burke". this is gonna kill me until i remember. Stay away from Cafe Metro/Food Merchants.

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        1. re: christinaemcc

          Ohh, Devon & Blakely, right? Haha yeah, I keep thinking Dooney and Burke, too.

          Stay far, far away from Cafe Metro.

          1. re: janethepain

            DEVON & BLAKELY!!! yes. hahaha.
            that place is good....

          2. re: christinaemcc

            Crestanello is closed. They have a sign that they are moving and to check their website for details, but the website is down.

          3. the panini at 'witchcraft in Bryant Park are quite good and reasonably priced, so if its nice outside you can enjoy them and the peoplewatching.

            1. What about Fred's at Barney's? They have GREAT salads and sandwiches!

              1. Dishes on 45th between 5th and Madison