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Feb 8, 2008 05:32 AM

reasonable, good lunch recommendations?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: amdoyne

      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.

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

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

      1. re: RGR

        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.

        1. re: amdoyne

          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

          1. re: RGR

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

      2. re: amdoyne

        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.


        1. re: Brian S

          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.

          1. re: idia

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