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66th and 5th HELP!

hey i am staying at 66th and 5th ave for a few days and don't know anywhere in quick walking distance for a quick lunch, dinner or bagel. can you help? all the recs i can find seem to be at least 20 blocks uptown, which is fine for many meals, but sometimes you just want something quick!

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  1. Two favorites of mine - and they have the same owner - are pretty close to you. Bottega del Vino - 59th between Fifth and Madison, and Via Quadronno on 73rd between the same cross streets. Also great for breakfast - some of my favorite coffee in NYC. They both have panini, soups and salads, and Bottega has a more formal dining room in the back as well.

    There's also a Viand Coffee Shop on Madison and maybe 61st Street - if you just walk south on Madison from 65th Street, you'll see it on the east side of the street.

    Via Quadronno
    25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

    Bottega Del Vino
    7 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

    1. There's a little place on 65th St. just off Madison towards Fifth on the south side of the street - maybe Terra something. Been there a long time - should fit the bill, especially for breakfast. Found it! Terramare : 22 East 65th St. Find it on line at at menupages.com. And if you head east - over to Lexington Ave, that's where you'll find upscale diner places and moderate restaurants, a Hale & Hearty Soups at about 65th & Lex and lots of other stuff. It's 3 longish blocks to Lexington - the equiv of 4 uptown/downtown blocks. Head down from 65th & Lex rather than up.

      1. Try the Tony Dragonas cart on Madison and 62nd.

        1. try Serafina's on 61st (maybe 62nd?) btw park & madison. you can eat at the bar, consistent good food.

          1. thank you all so much! i tried the cart, yummy. and i am gonna check out some of the others. i saw viand and was wondering if it was any good. thanks a bunch

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            1. re: foodmanchu

              Viand is sort of an old fashioned coffee shop - nothing fancy, but I've enjoyed the occasional sandwich and milkshake there. Not a fan of Serafina - I think it's overpriced. Seems to be a favorite with visiting Europeans/Latin Americans, including my in-laws, for reasons I have yet to fathom.

              1. re: MMRuth

                I second the above on both places. Viand is where the locals who live in the neighborhood go.

            2. scalinatella - 201 E. 61st (bet 2nd and 3rd ave) - i think this is the best italian restaurant in the city...one thing, its not cheap (and they don't list prices on the menu); also they will make anything for you

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              1. re: Lau

                We have friends who just love this place - I've not tried it but need to add it to my list.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  well worth it...one of the better restaurants in the city

              2. Bistro Chat Noir...it's on your block! 66th btw 5th and Madison

                1. Corrado on the corner of Lex and 70th is a little shop with tables and great for a sandwich or pastry. They also sell loaves of bread.

                  1. Viand has fresh roasted turkey sandwiches (order 1/2 sand) known in the hood. Via Q. has amazing everything and cappuccino. Terra is a great spot for quick, tasty, fresh, and good magazines and fresh juices.