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Weekday lunch, great food and maybe a garden?

mclaurie Jun 15, 2008 03:44 PM

Hard to find that combination. Budget not an issue. Must be Manhattan but any location is ok. If compromise is required, the garden will go as long as it's light and airy. A sidewalk table is not what I'm after. So far I'm thinking Jean Georges but it doesn't have to be fancy, just good. TIA

  1. r
    RGR Jun 17, 2008 01:20 PM

    Gascogne, on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts., has a very charming garden. The French bistro cuisine served there is not on the Jean Georges level, but it is well-prepared and delicious.


    For a restaurant with no garden but cuisine on the Jean Georges level, I highly recommend Eleven Madison Park. At lunch, in addition to the a la carte menu, they offer a 5-course Gourmand tasting, which is always exquisite. The space is gorgeous, and with the (sun)light cascading in through the huge windows facing Madison Square Park, it's truly magical!


    1. JungMann Jun 17, 2008 12:52 PM

      Barbetta on Restaurant Row has a beautiful garden. Not as cheap as lunch at JG, though.

      1. l
        Lucia Jun 15, 2008 04:19 PM

        You're definitely thinking along the right lines--JG is great for lunch.

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        1. re: Lucia
          mclaurie Jun 17, 2008 12:15 PM

          Have decided to give L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon a try. Good idea?

          1. re: mclaurie
            Lucia Jun 17, 2008 12:31 PM

            I haven't been, but wanted to caution you that L'Atelier is supposedly stopping lunch service soon:


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