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Casual b'day lunch near 13th and Fifth Ave?

ejpnyc Nov 13, 2007 08:26 AM

Please recommend restaurant for Casual b'day lunch near 13th and Fifth Ave. Not Sushi. Thanks.

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    bladerobbins Nov 13, 2007 01:31 PM

    People have mixed opinions about it, but I like Mesa Grill for lunch. Also Union Square Cafe can be nice at lunch time as well. I think Blue Water Grill has a prix-fixe lunch...

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    1. re: bladerobbins
      garden Nov 15, 2007 04:52 PM

      I will second Mesa Grill. Outstanding flavors of food and fun atmosphere.

      BLT Fish Shack is awesome with great seafood (go to the casual part downstairs). You really feel like you are in a New England fish joint.

      Sala 19 is great tapas/Spanish place. Very underrated in my opinion.

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      LifeisGood58 Nov 13, 2007 01:27 PM

      Gonzo. Italian. Casual, lively, great ambience - 140 W 13th St.

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        ejpnyc Nov 13, 2007 09:31 AM

        Thanks. Any other ideas aside from pizza? It will just be two of us.

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        1. re: ejpnyc
          RGR Nov 13, 2007 01:19 PM

          One of our favorites, Fleur de Sel, is on 20th, b/t B'way & 5th. Superb French cuisine, excellent service, and lovely ambiance. If cost is an issue, there's the 3-course prix-fixe for $29. You can dress very casually and still feel comfortable. A wonderful place for a celebratory lunch.


          Tocqueville, on 15th St., just east of 5th, is another good option for a special occasion lunch. Excellent French/New American cuisine served in understated elegant surroundings. Again, casual dress is o.k. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe is $24.


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          Lucia Nov 13, 2007 08:45 AM

          I third Otto. Casa Mono is another good one.

          1. MMRuth Nov 13, 2007 08:27 AM

            Maybe Otto?

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            1. re: MMRuth
              kathryn Nov 13, 2007 08:42 AM

              2nding Otto.

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