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Apr 19, 2009 08:42 AM

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

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.


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

    Jean Georges - 2 courses for $28 -

    Eleven Madison Park - 2 courses for $28 -

    Allegretti - 3-course prix-frixe for $28 -

    Tocqueville - 3-course prix-fixe for $24.07 -

    All take reservations.

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    1. re: RGR

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

    2. 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

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

      2. 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

          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

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

              1. re: pizzajunkie

                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

                  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

                    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

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


            1. re: kobetobiko

              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!

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