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UES: Sat. Lunch "near" The Whitney?

johnblacksox Feb 16, 2009 07:36 PM

Going to The Whitney (Madison/75th) on Saturday. What's the best place for lunch within a 10-15 minute walk? (I don't mind walking to 80th and 1st, but don't want to walk to midtown. I want to stay on the "UES".)


(1) I *hate* brunch, so please, only places that serve a regular lunch menu on Saturday.
(2) I prefer a place with a nice wine list, atmosphere and service. Doesn't have to be like Daniel, but not a pizza slice sitting on a stool with paper napkins place.
(3) I prefer French, Italian, Cuban, Argentinian, Brazilian. No Chinese, Japanese, Mexican.

Fussy enough?? (sorry)

Thanks in advance for your advice!


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    RGR Feb 16, 2009 08:13 PM

    Hey, John,

    I don't consider you fussy. In fact, I appreciate that you've explained *exactly* what you are looking for. :-)

    Based on those particulars, I highly recommend one of our favorites, Cafe Boulud, which is just one block from the Whitney, on 76th St., b/t Madison & 5th. It is, of course, Chef Daniel Boulud's second tier restaurant, but the cuisine is first-rate. They serve their regular lunch menu, not brunch, on Saturday. Excellent wine list, polished service, and lovely ambiance.


    Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

    1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 16, 2009 08:34 PM

      Jojo at 64th/Lex has always worked for me, also La Goulue on Madison at 65th.

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        UES Mayor Feb 17, 2009 03:10 AM

        Centrolire should fit your bill-85/Madison

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          City Kid Feb 17, 2009 05:27 AM

          I like Atlantic Grill at 77th & Third Ave. Very good, varied lunch menu that includes everything from grilled fish to burgers to great entree salads. Very attractive, great service, good drinks and wine list, and cloth napkins! Reservations a must.


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            Lucia Feb 17, 2009 05:41 PM

            Cafe D'Alsace serves brunch on Saturdays, but they have plenty of non-brunch items on the lunch menu.
            You could also try Cafe Sabarsky.

            1. LeahBaila Feb 18, 2009 05:29 AM

              Bistro Chat Noir is nice for lunch on a Saturday...66th btw 5th and Madison.


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                thursdaynext Feb 18, 2009 08:04 AM

                How about Orsay on 75th and Lex. Very close to the Whitney & has a warm brasserie feel.

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                1. re: thursdaynext
                  MMRuth Feb 18, 2009 08:05 AM

                  I like Orsay, but I think the service can be less than attentive at times.

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                  douglas525 Feb 18, 2009 01:59 PM

                  Beyoglu is Turkish, on 81st and 3rd. Cozy atmosphere and a nice change of pace from all the Italian, American and Continental fare up there.

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