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Jun 30, 2008 03:31 PM

Any good ethnic lunch places near Guggenheim?

Love Mexican, Japnese, name it. Reasonably priced or a bargain is always nice. Thanks.

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  1. I live in that area, and there aren't a lot of nearby interesting ethnic places that come to mind. El Paso Taqueria up on 97th between Madison and Park is decent - we often go there for dinner on Friday nights. You really have to go over to 2nd Avenue for ethnic places, though there is a new Cambodian one on Third Avenue & 94th that I've not tried yet. There are several inexpensive Japanese/sushi places but none that I think of as good or special. No Indian that I know of. There is Pio Pio for Peruvian chicken over on 2nd Avenue.

    We like Zebu Grill for Brazilian - 92nd just east of 2nd - but I don't know whether they are open for lunch.

    8 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      BTW - if you want suggestions for some good, non "ethnic" places, let me know.

        1. re: cgreen

          My favorite places nearby are:

          Cafe Sabarsky - in the Neue Galerie - Austrian influenced food, excellent pastries, great view of the park if you are on that side of the room, likely wait for a table.

          Square Meal - on my block - our "go to place" when I don't feel like cooking - great, well prepared American food, wonderful cakes/pies. The current Thai Calamari salad is amazing.

          Cafe Sabarsky
          1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Square Meal
          30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: MMRuth

            square meal has just recently opening for lunch -- at least that what my lunch companions said last week as we were eating. At 12 noon we were almost the first. We did have a reservation and by 1:00 it was not quite full. Lovely setting, small menu, but I second MMRuth.

            Cafe Sabarsky is tasty but I hate waiting. Sometimes in the off hours, you don't have to wait. Soups are good. Desserts sinful.

            1. re: elizabeth2929

              Yes - they opened for lunch maybe a month or two ago now. BYOB still, which I forgot to mention. What did you have to eat?

      1. re: MMRuth

        Pio Pio over on first and 90th-a bit far to walk although one of my favorites. There is a Korean/Sushi place on Lex and 90th 2nd floor-I believe its called Momo that's not bad. Also for decent Ramen there is a rather newish place on 3rd and 90th (I forgot name) thats also decent. Overall the nabe around Guggenheim is devid of spectacular ethnic eats-I work right next door and find it fustrating so I usually end up ordering in from Lilly's which is Chinese on 84th/3rd.

        1. re: UES Mayor

          Thank you all. This is my first experience with Chowhound and I'm impressed with the helpful, enthusiastic and friendly NYC community on here.

          1. re: cgreen

            Welcome to Chowhound then! I forgot to mention another good restaurant in the area - Sfoglia - it's a lovely Italian at Lex & 92nd. Reservations usually a must.

            1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128