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Lunch UES 79th & Lexington. Not too pricey?

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We're visiting NY and staying on the UWS. We're meeting some friends for lunch who are staying on the UES at about 79th and Lexington. They "live larger" then we do and I'd rather not blow the budget on that particular meal. Any suggestions for somplace that has ambiance, good food but not over the top in price. Say $50-$75 for 2 people with a glass of wine.

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  1. Try Beyoglu on 80th and 3rd. It's a Turkish place with a load of wonderful mezes (appetizers/tapas). I've mentioned this place a few times and someone always backs me up. However, I'm told to stay away from the entrees, but there are only like four of them anyway. Ask if they have the lamb manti, little lamb dumplings that aren't on the menu but that they run as a special. All the mezes are under $10, so six to eight of them would fit in your budget and would satisfy everyone's appetite.

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    1. re: douglas525

      Absolutely Beyoglu!!

      1. re: LeahBaila

        See? Just like I said...always a second.

    2. It may be too far south for you, but the Fig & Olive on Lexington at 62nd street is lovely for both lunch and dinner and not entirely unreasonable in terms of price.
      www.figandolive.com

      1. You might get away with a light lunch in that price range at Payard, a couple of blocks south on Lexington:

        http://www.payard.com/lunchmenu.php

        1. Lunch at Payard usually costs me that $50 to 75...(but then I'm self indulgent -:)
          Also, there is an above average Chinese rest. on Third Avenue between 78 and 79th on the west side of the avenue. I know they deliver lunch so assume they're also open.
          Oops... Shanghai Pavilion is the name. Ambiance is pleasant also.

          1. Atlantic Grill is on 3rd Av., b/t 76th & 77th Sts. It's a Steve Hansen/b.r. guest restaurant, and though we haven't been there, based on our experiences in other places in that group, the food should be quite decent.

            http://www.brguestrestaurants.com/res...