Seeking Lunch Spot around 20's/30's & Park Ave.
Hi, I'm going on a 'first meeting' with someone that works in the 20's and Park Avenue for lunch. I'd like a reasonably quiet spot with a low-key but nice atmosphere and not overly expensive (no more than $20 per person). ANY cuisine would do...
Thanks for your help!
Resto. on 29th east of Park. Belgium dinner hot spot just opened for lunch. Moule Frites, lucious hamburgers, wonderful pasta. Reasonalbe, tasty, easy and grown up.
For low key I would try Penelope's. It's on Lexington and 29th (or maybe 30th) and is basic American diner food done a bit high end. It's not fine dining, but it's good, it's filling, and there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of if you have a business lunch here. It's packed for lunch and brunch on the weekends, and the food is good and inexpensive. Very quiet during the week.
There are a large number of Indian places, but for lunch I'd recommend Chinese Mirch on 28th and Lexington. Inexpensive and strange but good Indian/Chinese food.
Avoid the Tiffin Wallah lunch buffet (it's next door to Chinese Mirch and seems like a good idea...but it is not). Vezzo's on 31st and Lexington is slightly noisy but really good pizza for the neighborhood and it's got a very Little Italy vibe: tile, wood, brass rails. The food is good but it is crowded for lunch.
If you can spring a little bit of cash, Houston's on 27th and Park and Blue Smoke (if it does lunch, not 100% sure, and do you really want to eat BBQ with a business person type person) on 27th and Lex are both decent.
Finally, on 3rd and 28th there's Thai NY which is good Thai food in a super-fancy yet somehow slightly Ikea setting.
I recommend Penelope's over anything else, however. Even Resto, which is slightly pricy for your price range I think.