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!
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.