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Jan 2, 2009 08:18 PM

Need lunch spot in Times Square/Midtown/Theater District on Sat. 1/3

I have a small slice of time for lunch between my conference at 52nd/7th (getting out at 11:30am) and my 2pm tickets to In the Heights at 46th/7th Ave.

Deliver us from Olive Garden and Stage Deli, cheap and bad pizza, and McDonalds! There are many places I wish I could go for lunch in other neighborhoods (like City Bakery, esp. for the cc cookies!), but don't want to chance not making it back for the show in time.

Thanks in advance for your help. Budget not too much of a concern, but around $15-$30/pp ok. There will be about 4 of us.

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  1. Is that budget just for food? Or is it supposed to cover food, alcoholic beverages, tax & tip? If the latter, it is kind of skimpy. But you did say budget is "not much of a concern," so here's a rec for one of my favs in that area.

    Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th, offers wel-prepared homestyle Italian fare served by a friendly, efficient staff in a space with attractive decor and comfortable seating. Prices are moderate.

    Enjoy the show and Buon Apetito!

    1. Hope I am not too late. look at anyone of these restaurants
      are wallet-friendly & tasty. and some may be reserved on Open Table
      Enjoy lunch AND the show.

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      1. Don't know if this will fit your needs, but I work in the Times Square area and I and my colleagues have lunch frequently at the Edison Cafe, 228 W. 47th Street. A lot of people don't care for the Edison because it looks so, well, dowdy and outdated. But to me it's more like stepping back into a diner of the 1950s or 1960s, time periods with which I am familiar.

        If you can get past the lack of bling, the Edison serves up a really decent lunch at a really decent price. Plus you can sit for pretty much as long as you want and have endless cups of coffee.

        I can suggest the chicken salad sandwich on rye toast, the BLT on rye toast, french fries (if you like them) ordered CRISP (otherwise they can sometimes be soggy), deluxe burger, tuna melt. And the Edison has long been known, at least locally, for making some of the best souips around. Order any soup that looks good, especially the chicken noodle.

        The waiters and waitresses all work hard at the Edison, so please be generous in your tip if you go. You'll still get a great bargain. And locals know what a bargain the Edison is. That's why the place fills up its relatively large space daily.

        Good luck in any event. I hope you enjoy your show...

        1. Try Virgils Barbeque, I thinks it's on 34th near the Empire State Building. They have great BBQ.

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          1. re: Mizona

            No! Wish I had seen earlier!

            Will forward recs from two other threads-

            Piece of Chicken- 45th bet 8th and 9th
            Daisy May's BBQ- 46th and 11th

            1. re: Nick F.

              While Piece of Chicken is very good, it is take out only. Definitely prefer Daisy May's to Virgil's as well.

            2. re: Mizona

              Virigil's is not near the ESB. It's in the Times Square area, on 44th St., b/t B'way & 6th Av. As for the quality of the bbq there, I think it's only so-so. For the best bbq in that area, I agree with Nick F.'s rec of Daisy May's, on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St.