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amdoyne Feb 8, 2008 05:32 AM

hey i'm in the city for one day and we'd like to go out to a very good lunch that isn't too expensive. Anyone have any recommendations?

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    amdoyne RE: amdoyne Feb 8, 2008 05:37 AM

    not too expensive means under 25ish a person. we're up on 126th st right by the express train so while we prefer midtown we can get virtually anywhere pretty quickly.

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      RGR RE: amdoyne Feb 8, 2008 06:35 AM

      It would be helpful if you had included your cuisine preference(s). That said....

      Roberto Passon, on the corner of 9th Av. & 50th St., serves very good Italian food and offers a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $15.

      http://www.robertopasson.com

      La Bonne Soupe, the French bistro, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., has much more on the menu than just good soups.

      http://www.labonnesoupe.com

      Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves very good Szechuan cuisine. Menu on menupages.com.

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        amdoyne RE: RGR Feb 8, 2008 06:45 AM

        Sorry for not being more specific. It's because I'm not really craving anything in particular.

        Maybe interesting noveau-southern cuisine, like Vidalia in Washington DC or Crooks Corner in Chapel Hill.

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          RGR RE: amdoyne Feb 8, 2008 09:33 AM

          I'm not familiar with either of those restaurants. I'm not sure there is currently a NYC restaurant featuring "nouveau Southern." You might want to consider Maroons, on W. 16th St., b/t 7th & 8th Avs., which serves Southern/Jamaican cuisine. I haven't been, but Hounds who have say it's good. Menu on menupages.com.

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            sugartoof RE: RGR Feb 8, 2008 05:50 PM

            Shark Bar might fit the Nouveau Southern bill, if they do lunches. Might not be Nouveau enough though.

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        Brian S RE: amdoyne Feb 8, 2008 10:01 AM

        Hey, take that number 4 train right to Union Square and go to Tocqueville ($24) or Fleuir de Sel ($29). Perry Street ($24) is farther away but worth the trip.

        Tocqueville: www.chowhound.com/topics/454699

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          idia RE: Brian S Feb 8, 2008 11:40 AM

          For really inexpensive lunches in a place that was favored by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the Clintons, try La Fortuna at 71st & Columbus. Excellent soups, salads and sandwiches and delicious, decadent desserts.
          You might like to experiment with the new and glamorous Bar Boulud across from Lincoln Center.
          More midtown, Le Madeleine and La Bonne Soupe first come to mind.

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            squid kun RE: idia Feb 19, 2008 05:05 PM

            Cafe La Fortuna is closing within the month, Eater reports today. Same old story: rent went up.

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