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Sep 11, 2007 03:50 PM

Recommendations near E 39th

I will be in town for a vacation and staying on E 39th b/w 2nd and 3rd ave. Any recommendations in the area? We are pretty casual folks, so nothing too fancy for pricey.

Thanks for your time.

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      1. For Cantonese, Phoenix Garden on 40th btwn 2/3

        1. Byblos, which serves tasty Lebanese food, is right on that block.

          Sarge's Deli is on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th. Open 24/7.

          Cibo, on the corner of 2nd & 41st, is an attractive neighborhood restaurant with very good Tuscan/New American cuisine.

          Just in case you decide to splurge, I highly recommend L'Impero, on Tudor Pl., b/t 42nd & 43rd St. Sensational contemporary Italian cuisine. Elegant surroundings. Jackets not required.

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          1. re: RGR

            Love Sarge's! It's an authentic New York deli experience without the tourists and the crowds.

            1. re: RGR

              What's Byblos like inside?? The outside looks like a place my grandparents would go for dinner at 4 o'clock, ya know what I mean?

              1. re: midtownfoodie

                It's been quite a long time since we've been to Byblos, so my recollection of the decor is kind of hazy. Stylish and fancy it wasn't. (Al Bustan, the more upscale Lebanese, fits that description.) However, I don't recall it being cheese-y either.

            2. Thanks! These all sound like good places. Any breakfast recommendations?

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              1. re: chuckolate

                For an unconventional breakfast, try Omb/s on 45th and 3rd Ave. for Japanese rice balls called onigiri. For two onigiri and a tea, it's $4.75. They also have them for lunch.

                I'm walked by a pub on 44th and 3rd Ave. called Muldoon's that always advertises an $8.95 Irish breakfast. I've never tried it though.

                Daniel's bagels on 38th and 3rd Ave. has good, fresh bagels.

                1. re: chuckolate

                  Sarge's has a big breakfast menu. Also, Chez Laurence, on the corner of Madison and 38th, serves breakfast.

                  Another place for very casual lunch (or even late breakfast) is AQ Cafe, in the lobby of the Scandanavia House, on Park Av., b/t 37th & 38th Sts. This is a cafeteria-style satellite of the upscale restaurant Aquavit, so talented Chef Marcus Samuelsson is responsible for AQ's menu of hot dishes (Love those Swedish meatballs!), soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Lots of tables in a very open, attractive space.


                  1. re: RGR

                    I second AQ.

                    If you can walk a little farther, try Pershing Square for breakfast or lunch (on 42nd, right under the viaduct at Vanderbilt Avenue, west of Lexington across from Grand Central.) They have good pancakes and other specialties, and they'll let you linger from breakfast until lunch time if they're not busy.

                  2. re: chuckolate

                    Breakfast - Townhouse Coffee Shop 2nd between 38th and 39th classic NYC diner