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May 20, 2009 05:04 PM

Good French lunch near Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Any ideas for a good (and not extremely expensive) lunch near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, preferably French. Thank you,

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  1. Check out
    50 E 86th St, New York 10028
    (Btwn Madison & Park Ave)

    Lovely place with a prix-fix luncheon

    Great dessert menu

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    1. re: Lettucepray

      I've not been for a number of years, but I recall being disappointed.

      1. re: Lettucepray

        Have not heard great things about Demarchelier -- actually amazingly little since I have lived in the neighborhood for many years. My favorite informal French bistro is Pascalou on Madison @93rd St. Very reasonable and always enjoy the food. It is tiny and I try to reserve ahead because the downstairs is very charming but the upstairs is cramped.

      2. A few blocks further east and north is Cafe d'Alsace (one of my favorite French bistros).

        1. Cafe Boulud, on 76th St., b/t 5th & Madison, is now offering a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $24 00 -- an absolute steal for cuisine of this superb caliber. Cordial, polished service and lovely ambiance.

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          1. re: RGR

            That's what I was going to write until I got to this post. IMO, the UES generally isn't good for casual French.

            1. re: RGR

              Another vote for Cafe Boulud!