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Inexpensive lunch or cafe close to Avery Fisher Hall?

busybeegal Mar 19, 2008 04:28 PM

Hi there - looking for a place to go on a Saturday, noonish, inexpensive (no more than $50 for 2 people) place to go on Upper West Side close to Avery Fisher Hall. I'd love to find a nice cafe serving really good soups/salads/sandwiches/desserts - which I know that Le Pain Quotidien kind of qualifies, but I'm going with my mother who will not like the idea of the communal table, and it sounds as though the individual tables are quickly taken.

I'd prefer to stay away from Italian or Mexican if possible - I'm thinking maybe something Euro or American style that just features plain good food - without it resembling a diner.

Any brunches or prix fixe for lunch that I'm missing that would fit a budget as well?


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  1. JoanN RE: busybeegal Mar 19, 2008 04:32 PM

    Take a look at the lunch menu for Nick and Toni's Cafe on 67th betw. B'way and Columbus. I think that could work for you.


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      Pelecat RE: busybeegal Mar 19, 2008 07:21 PM

      You should also check out Cafe Mozart at 70th near Broadway. Very Euro, in a charming Viennese sort of way. Nice brunch, good desserts. The duck salad is quite good.

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        idia RE: Pelecat Mar 19, 2008 08:15 PM

        La Boite en Bois at 68th & Columbus.
        Charming and intimate.

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          rugburn RE: Pelecat Mar 20, 2008 12:40 PM

          I like Cafe Mozart more for their desserts and coffee, have always thought their other food was mediocre. But great ambiance. I'd suggest going there after the show for sweets and coffee.

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          Jane A. RE: busybeegal Mar 19, 2008 09:03 PM

          Check the menu at O'Neals. It's convenient.

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            cimui RE: busybeegal Mar 20, 2008 09:47 AM

            Cafe Ronda is solid on moderately-priced lunchtime standards. (NY Mag review: http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...). They have your basic soups, salads, and sandwiches (from tuna to cubano), as well as Peruvian / Argentinian steaks, empanadas, and yuca croquettes.

            Bistro Cassis is decent, as well, but possibly pricier than you want.

            Cafe Ronda
            249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            1. prdct RE: busybeegal Mar 20, 2008 11:40 AM

              Bouchon in the Time Warner building would be my pick.

              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                cimui RE: prdct Mar 20, 2008 12:28 PM

                Bouchon's a great suggestion.

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                busybeegal RE: busybeegal Mar 21, 2008 11:13 AM

                Thanks all for your ideas, I have a feeling that Bouchon might be where we end up... but a couple of the others mentioned will definitely be backups. Thanks!!

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