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My dad's coming from SF--where should we go for lunch?

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My father is a pretty big foodie, and I've had my dinner reservations all set for ages (Babbo, Peter Luger). But tomorrow we're supposed to meet up for lunch somewhere on the East Side, and I'm stumped--what can I show him that he doesn't have in California? Preferably something not too heavy, considering our evening agendas. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Perhaps Momofuku's pork buns? And some small plates and salad too!

    1. As a Bay Area guy and occasional NY visitor, I'd say one of the amazine delis, heavy or not. Haven't found anything like 'em in SF.

      1. I would suggest Aquavit -- either the dining room or the Cafe.

        http://www.aquavit.org

        1. Maybe try Stanton Social, or get a burger at Molly's, or Blue Smoke. Rub for bbq sandwiches could be good. Maybe Jean George set lunch menu, it's lighter. Falafel options here are superior to out in SF. There aren't many Cuban places yet. Same with Polish. Artisanal could be fun. Maybe Inoteca and Economy Candy/Sunshine could work. Saravaanas for dosas would be a different style Indian then you see in SF. How about just a proper bagel and lox?

          1. I think I'm going to propose either Momofuku or Ippudo--the only kind of Japanese he ever has is sushi, so that could be fun. Thanks everyone!