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Good lunch spot near 7th and 37th?

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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).

      1. 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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        1. re: RGR

          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.

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

          1. 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