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Good lunch spot near 7th and 37th?

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errant123 Mar 9, 2009 08:48 AM

I've got a meeting near 7th and 37th on Wednesday and am taking a client out for lunch. Neither of us are from Manhattan -- I'm from Canada and he's from England. Any recommendations? I'm looking for a place with good food and a nice vibe (but not stratospheric prices).

Thanks in advance -- I was in NYC on the weekend and nine out of nine Chowhound recommendations were fantastic!

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    ronzen Mar 9, 2009 09:05 AM

    If you like Korean Food, Cho Dang Gol on 35th is excellent. Also in the neighborhood is Keen's Chop House, 36th just off 6th Ave.

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      jlondon Mar 9, 2009 09:17 AM

      It's an awful area so I feel your pain. For Italian try Arno at 141 west 38th between Bway and 7th Ave. Also good in the area is Nick and Stefs Steakhouse at 9 Penn Plaza (33rd and 7th).

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        RGR Mar 9, 2009 10:14 AM

        I heartily second the rec for Keens, our favorite NYC steakhouse. It's been in its location on 36th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., since 1885. Thus, in addition to excellent food and good service, there is the unmatchable Old New York ambiance, which I think you and your client would really enjoy.

        http://www.keens.com

        For Italian, my pick would be Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th St.. The menu focuses on the cuisine of the Puglia region, and the food's delicious. Very pleasant atmospherics as well.

        http://www.gelsiny.com

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          sara333 Mar 9, 2009 02:26 PM

          Actually, if you're willing to go to 9th avenue, I'd suggest Market Cafe at 39th and 9th. Food's fresh, quite tasty and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is a bit more casual than Gelsi, but I have business lunches there all the time.

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          errant123 Mar 9, 2009 11:27 AM

          Thanks everybody -- will definitely keep everything in mind. Am leaning toward Osteria Gelsi as I don't think my guest is big into lunch.

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            davidcioppa Mar 9, 2009 04:14 PM

            the Windfall restaurant has a pub look but a professionals and executives eat there and love it. a wide variety of food and the specials are great! 212-869-4606

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              Pan Mar 9, 2009 07:50 PM

              Just for the record, the other places I was going to mention were Madangsui, 35th between 5th and 6th, for great Korean barbecue (but perhaps too much food for lunch) and Szechuan Gourmet, 39th between 5th and 6th, for excellent Sichuan-style food.

              Enjoy your meal!

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