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.
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.
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.
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.
176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014
42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022
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.