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66th and 5th HELP!

foodmanchu Dec 29, 2007 05:48 AM

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. MMRuth RE: foodmanchu Dec 29, 2007 06:38 AM

    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

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      Jane A. RE: foodmanchu Dec 29, 2007 07:28 AM

      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. ow77 RE: foodmanchu Dec 29, 2007 11:37 AM

        Try the Tony Dragonas cart on Madison and 62nd.

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          Kameli RE: foodmanchu Dec 29, 2007 12:21 PM

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

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            foodmanchu RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 02:49 PM

            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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              MMRuth RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 03:22 PM

              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.

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                Jane A. RE: MMRuth Dec 31, 2007 04:14 PM

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

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              Lau RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 04:24 PM

              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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                MMRuth RE: Lau Dec 31, 2007 05:01 PM

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

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                  Lau RE: MMRuth Dec 31, 2007 05:24 PM

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

              2. LeahBaila RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 05:12 PM

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

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                  G3B RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 05:26 PM

                  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.

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                    cenabambina RE: foodmanchu Dec 31, 2007 06:23 PM

                    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.

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