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Jul 12, 2008 01:42 PM

Lunch near United Nations

Looking for a place for lunch near United Nations. Will have a visiting teenage grandson. Would like to take him to Delegates Dining Room, but too expensive for his somewhat pickey eating! Any suggestions?

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  1. Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., serves very good Contemporary American cuisine with Tuscan influences in attractive surroundings. A la carte menu and a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $32.

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    1. re: RGR

      Are there particular dishes you like there? I went for a business lunch and had a really unpleasant gnocchi dish - jarring, odd flavor combinations (some of the things in the dish weren't on the menu) - I think it was a special. It sounded lovely, with fava beans etc., but my mouth kind of puckers just thinking about it. This may have been one of those unfortunate experiences where one has one bad dish and doesn't feel like returning.

      I also found the service of the "My name is X, and I'll be your server" variety (not saying the waiter actually said that, though I think he did) - overly friendly etc.

      Unfortunately, I don't have any suggestions for the OP though, as I'm not so familiar with the area.

      1. re: MMRuth

        I don't get the appeal of this restaurant as well. It's close to my neighborhood but after a recent brunch, we were reminded again as to why we trek all the way down to Lower East Side, Soho and the West Village, and sometime endure long wait times, for our breakfast fix.

        After about 2 years since we last dined, we went to Cibo for brunch a weekend ago and we can't even remember any of the dish that we had, other than it was some overcooked egg dish for me - while I can remember every single dish that I had at Clinton Street 2 weeks ago.

        As for possible lunch in the area, we've had a couple of good pasta dinners before at Fabio Piccolo Fiore on 44th between 2nd and 3rd. They're not great, but were quite good.

        1. re: MMRuth

          We've had dinner a few times at Cibo and brunch once. But to be honest, it's been a long time since we've been there. At this point, I can't be specific about dishes I've had there, not that it would matter because the menu is different now. I can say I've never had pasta there, and when we go out for brunch, I do not order breakfast foods, so I did not have eggs.

      2. Bangkok Grand Palace, on First Avenue and about 51st street is a great lunch option. It gets loads of UN folks too. They have very good lunch specials and the place was relatively recently redone. Have fun.