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Inexpensive lunch or cafe close to Avery Fisher Hall?

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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?

THANKS!!!

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  1. 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.

    http://www.nickandtoniscafe.com/docs/...

    1. 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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      1. re: Pelecat

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

        1. re: Pelecat

          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.

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

          1. 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.

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            Cafe Ronda
            249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            1. Bouchon in the Time Warner building would be my pick.

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              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: prdct

                Bouchon's a great suggestion.

              2. 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!!