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Nov 4, 2007 05:54 PM

urgent quiet lunch union square recs?

My mother and my great aunt and uncle are trying to figure out where to have lunch tomorrow near (maybe slightly west of) Union Square. My mother doesnt hear very well so she is insisting on a quiet place. I suggested The Adore, as it is my go to place for many things, but she fears it might be too noisy. Union Square Cafe is too pricey. Any suggestions?

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  1. Tocqueville, on 15th St., b/t Union Sq. W. & 5th Av., serves a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $24.

    A bit further away is one of our major favorites, Fleur de Sel, on 20th St., b/t B'way & 5th. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe is $29.

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    1. re: RGR

      2nd Tocqueville. Had dinner there last night as it was my mom's 70th birthday and there were 8 of us. It was a fabulous evening. I can't say enough good things about the restaurant. Go- and have a wonderful lunch!

      Oh and RGR thanks as well-- you helped in sending me here-truly it was one of the most memorable evenings.

      1. re: samiam123

        So glad to hear you had a memorable meal at Tocqueville, samiam. It does seem to slip too often under the usual radar when considering a place for a celebratory meal. So, though I'm hardly its only fan on this board, if my comments helped you decide to go there, I'm pleased.

        Best wishes to your mom on her 70th birthday!

          1. re: relizabeth

            We've only been to Tocqueville for dinner. Despite the space being of moderate size with a high ceiling, I found the noise level to be, perhaps not whisper quiet, but certainly conversation-friendly even when the room was full.

            If whisper quiet is what your mother wants, Fleur de Sel would be perfect. The room is smaller and more intimate than Tocqueville's. We've been there many times for lunch as well as for dinner, and it's always been very quiet and civilized.