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May 3, 2008 08:59 AM

lunch spot near the Jewish Museum

Hi all. Going to the Abstract show at the Jewish Museum in late June and am looking for a good lunch spot nearby. Something funky and not too fussy. Also must be veggie-friendly.


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  1. I live on the same block as the museum, and I'd try to get a reservation at Sfoglia - wonderful Italian at 92nd and Lex.

    1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Thanks ..looks great...just one problem....not a lot of veggie options. Cream and cheese in most dishes. Generally Italian is hard for me this way. Any other suggestions?

      1. re: jrabbit2727

        Ah - sorry - I didn't connect cream and cheese with not being veggie options (which I thought of as vegetarian, not vegan - are you the latter?). Not too too nearby, but not too far, is Candle 79 - about a 15 minute walk away - excellent vegan food. I'll see what else I can think of, but it's not the best area for funky!.

        PS: Just saw this from another post of yours - is this the food restriction: "One of us is a vegetarian that doesn't eat meat, dairy or eggs but does eat fish and seafood"? Let me know - I might be able to come up w/ better suggestions.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Adding place:

          Candle 79
          154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

          1. re: MMRuth

            Yup...that was me! Not the easiest person in the world to feed huh? Candle 79 sounds you prefer it to Candle Cafe? Are they in the same location or are they 2 different places? As I said...this is a fairly casual lunch thing. Want it to be nice...but doesn't need to be formal.

            1. re: jrabbit2727

              I've only eaten at Candle 79, with a vegetarian friend and a vegan friend, who then went to Candle Cafe for brunch the next day. Candle Cafe is more casual, larger portions - the portions at Candle 79 are on the restrained side. They thought the food was wonderful at both, and I, an omnivore, certainly enjoyed my meal at Candle 79. Candle Cafe may be more what you are looking for. Can you generally eat seafood as long as it doesn't involve dairy products? You might want to search for other vegan restaurants on the board (though in the US, vegan and vegetarian both exclude eating fish/seafood)


              1. re: MMRuth


                Candle Cafe
                1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021