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Friday Lunch- where to try that normally has a line on weekends?

peaches206 Apr 19, 2009 08:42 AM

I have family visiting next weekend so I have the odd benefit of being able to eat lunch on a weekday in the city (I work in CT). What is a good place to try, really anywhere in Manhattan, that might otherwise be a long wait on the weekends?

Looking for something in the $25 each (or less) range, before alcohol.


  1. MMRuth Apr 21, 2009 02:56 PM

    Two of my favorites are Ssam, and Pearl Oyster Bar.

    1. k
      kobetobiko Apr 20, 2009 12:34 AM

      Is there only 1 lunch that you will you have in NYC with your family?

      I second all those high-end lunch bargains that RGR suggested, especially EMP which doesn't have lunch on weekends. I will also provide some NY-ish delights more on the cheap side so you can enjoy a variety of food in your trip:

      Shopsins: A unique NYC institution and Kenny, the owner, has a unique character himself. While it is kind of a hole-in-the-wall place inside Essex Street Market, the food is wholesome and cheap and you can't find it anywhere else. It's closed on Sunday and the line is crazy on Saturday, so I will advice going on weekdays.

      - Co. (company), the new pizza restaurant, has been having crazy line for their dinner since they opened recently. Lunch time on weekdays is much more manageable. Other pizza places like Di Fara or Grimldi's outside of Manhattan are busy during weekday lunches but mobbed over weekends, so visiting on Friday Lunch makes more sense.

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      1. re: kobetobiko
        pizzajunkie Apr 20, 2009 10:07 AM

        I read about Co. in the Strong Buzz and the New Yorker - I am so anxious to try it on my NYC visit in July! I also planned on checking out Di Fara, so thanks for that tip - I'll definitely try to get there during the week.

        1. re: pizzajunkie
          RGR Apr 20, 2009 10:14 AM

          Even mid-week, it's best to go to Di Fara between 2 and 5 in the afternoon.

          1. re: RGR
            pizzajunkie Apr 20, 2009 10:27 AM

            good to know! thanks! :)

            1. re: pizzajunkie
              kobetobiko Apr 20, 2009 11:02 AM

              Hi Pizzajunkie,

              Judging from your name I am sure you are a pizza lover so you may want to check out the new Kesta on Bleecker. It's not NY-style pizza but it is really really good!

              Another one that's not in Manhattan but IMO better than Co. is Motorino.

              This webiste, Slice, is great for any most updated news on pizza, if you are not already using it.

              1. re: kobetobiko
                kathryn Apr 20, 2009 11:48 AM

                kobetobiko, how would you say Keste compares to Company and/or Di Fara?

                Keste Pizza & Vino
                271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                1. re: kobetobiko
                  pizzajunkie Apr 29, 2009 10:03 AM

                  kobetobiko - Thanks for the info! I had read about Keste, too - so many wonderful places to choose from and not enough time!!! UPN is also on my short list.

                  1. re: pizzajunkie
                    kathryn Apr 29, 2009 10:12 AM

                    NB: UPN is only open for dinner, Thursdays through Sunday.


          2. re: kobetobiko
            peaches206 Apr 21, 2009 02:45 PM

            Nope, I will have more than one lunch with them, I just know Saturdays & Sundays are a whole new ballgame... Good to know about Co!

          3. f
            fayth Apr 19, 2009 06:13 PM

            Check out these suggestions from past Chowhound posts:

            I've enjoyed the $24 3 course lunch at Perry Street. $5 glass of wine is also offered at lunch. Another plus is a stroll after lunch in the West Village area.
            Another 3 course $24.07 lunch deal we enjoyed was Tao in Midtown. At night it's more of a club scene -crowded, noisy, and long waits despite reservations. The food was tasty and the service was friendly. The decor (towering Buddha, candlelight) is more of the attraction than the food.

            Perry Street
            176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

            42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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            1. re: fayth
              peaches206 Apr 21, 2009 02:44 PM

              I think Tao is a great idea, and Ive never been...

            2. r
              RGR Apr 19, 2009 09:30 AM

              Many upscale restaurants offer "bargain" lunch prix-fixes. Here are a few to consider:

              Jean Georges - 2 courses for $28 - http://www.jean-georges.com

              Eleven Madison Park - 2 courses for $28 - http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

              Allegretti - 3-course prix-frixe for $28 - http://www.allegrettinyc.com

              Tocqueville - 3-course prix-fixe for $24.07 - http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com

              All take reservations.

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              1. re: RGR
                peaches206 Apr 19, 2009 03:37 PM

                awesome, exactly what I was looking for- thank you!

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