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Jan 29, 2008 02:51 PM

Help! Need lunch options around Sloan-Kettering

Hey 'hounders!

I am in dire need of help since I'm not too familiar with the Upper East Side, namely around Memorial Sloan-Kettering. I just recently got hired to work there and I need recommendations where and what's good around there to eat?

I know there's Payard but then again, I can't afford to eat there everyday or get diabetes from their pastries. Basically, anything that's $25 or less would definitely help. I'm open to any cuisine.

Thank you so much!


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  1. Tina - a couple of blocks down - inside Rockefeller U. is the Abby Aldrich dining room. They change the menu once a week. It's posted here:
    I consider this place one of the best kept secrets in town. You need a reservation on Fridays because of the Tri-Institute concerts in the same building at noon. Walk into the main entry road and hang the 2nd left - up a couple of outdoor stairs. You won't want to do it every day, but it's a very nice room and feels deliciously civilized. Not necessarily "haute chowhound", but a lovely hideaway. The concerts are nice too.

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    1. re: Jane A.

      Ooh...interesting! I'll give it a try. Thanks!

    2. I have a soft spot for Cafe Mingala (73rd and 2nd) - it was my first exposure to Burmese food, and their tea leaf and ginger salads still set the standard for me (that is, my memory of their salads from >5 years ago... don't know how they are now). Used to drive my Cornell Med friends nuts because I insisted on eating there every time I went uptown. I search for reviews every once in a while out of curiosity, and while there aren't any recent raves, it's so inexpensive that I definitely think it's worth a few visits.

        1. I used to work at Cornell Med so I know that it's not really a culinary wonderland up there. My coworkers and I found a few good spots up there, but I have to warn that I haven't worked there in 5 years so who knows what it's like up there these days.

          We liked 875-Taco (that's not the actual name, I can't remember the real number), it's on 1st ave near 64th and is really good.

          We also liked Jackson Hole, can't remember the address but it's definitely nearby, low 60s possibly b/w 2nd and 3rd.

          My best suggestion is to just walk around one day and see what's around!

          1. I work nearby so I've tried a bunch of places:

            Asia Grill serves pretty decent Vietnamese food (Second Ave between 65th and 66th).

            Cafe Evergreen has good Chinese lunch specials and dim sum on weekends (First Ave between 69th and 70th). You can also go to China Fun on Second Ave and 64th. Wok n' roll on First and 68th has good noodle soups and fresh pork buns.

            Jackson Hole serves huge burgers - 64th between Second and Third Aves

            Fresh Food Kitchen on East 68th between York and First has good toss-to-order salads and some hot food. Go early before they fun out of fresh mozzarella for the salad.

            879-TACO is on First Ave between 66th and 67th - good Mexican food and cheap.

            Melange on First Ave between 64th and 65th has good sandwiches and cheap falafel.

            Pongal on First Ave between 63rd and 64th is good vegetarian Indian.

            Solace on 64th between York and First is good for more fancy fare - seasonal food, lovely room. We go there for business lunches and dinners.

            Luscious Thai on First between 60th and 61st is pretty good - get takeout because the in-house service can be slow. $9.95 for appetizer and entree.