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Recommendations for casual lunch at Bay Bloor?

I'll be meeting a friend for lunch in the area. I had considered the café at Holt Renfrew, but thought the prices were too steep ($18 - $20 for open-faced sandwiches on day-old Poilane bread). Any recommendations for a decent lunch spot in the area? Thanks.

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  1. Seven West Cafe, Wish, and Fire on the East Side are all near Yonge and Charles (a quick walk from Bay/Bloor) and are all decent, casual lunch spots.

    1. Focaccia on Hayden Street or Camrose which is a vegetarian Persian restaurant, just east of Focaccia.

      1. I like the New York Deli, although it may be too casual if HR was your original choice. I've also had reasonably good luck at the Bloor Street Diner in the Manulife.

        Would also second 7West or Wish (haven't tried Fire on the East Side)

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        1. re: Rabbit

          I would also recommend the Bloor Street Diner in the Manulife and Jacque's Omelette's on Cumberland Street ( upstairs and across from the 'big rock'). Caren's Wine Bar is good but a bit pricey...it's almost across the street from the Cumberland Cinema.

          1. re: pearlD

            I was also going to recommend Jacques Bistro du Parc but I figured $15 for an omelet would be considered steep for the poster. It's one of my favourite spots and the best omelet in the city, IMO.

        2. I second New York Deli! Tasty Borscht soup, Ruben sandwiches and Latkes. Casual and comfortable.

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          1. re: peanutbutter

            Is New York Deli new? I don't think I've seen it.
            We decided on 7 West, which I'm not crazy about since I eat there a lot anyhow. Is it worth the switch to New York Deli?

            1. re: provencal

              Provencal -

              Sorry, but I got the name wrong... it's actually the New Yorker Deli and it's on Bay just north of Charles (across from the Manulife).

              Atmosphere will be different from 7 West. in short, it's more deli-like (you know what I mean). The food is really great (authentic and home-made) and service is pleasant. One potential downside is that it might not be the most linger-able atmosphere if you hit it at prime time.

              I do like 7West, but personally I'd rather eat at the New Yorker.

              1. re: Rabbit

                I enjoyed my smoked meat sandwich from New Yorker Deli yesterday. The meat was hand sliced and virtually perfect. They bring it in from Montreal but it's really juicy and gorgeous. I've always wanted to try their matzoh ball soup but will definitely try the borscht next time.

                The Pilot Tavern is another good affordable spot for lunch (on Cumberland) with some of the best burgers (patty melt) in town.

          2. I second (or third) the New York Deli... the latkes there are the best!
            And no, it's not new, been there a while... it's right across from the Manulife Centre.