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I used to live in Manhattan and knew my way around restaurants. However it has been over thirty years since I have eaten there.

I will be visiting Manhattan to audition for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". The audition is at 2:45, so I thought I might have lunch. I will be coming in by train so Korean restaurants in the Penn Station area come to mind, but I wonder if there are any other suggestions. If there are any that have particularly nice "little dishes" at lunch, I would like to hear about them.

The audition is on West 66th street, on the park block. I don't want to spend a great deal on lunch. I looked at the menu at the nearby Picholine and found it much too pricey for me. Any suggestions in the neighborhood would be welcome, or has non-ethnic food in New York gone beyond the budget of a frugal Trentonite.

Thanks for any advice.

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  1. There have certainly been a boatload of changes on the dining scene during the last thirty years!

    You might consider having your lunch at Jean Georges. It is an upscale "NY Times" 4-star, but the 2 for $28 lunch deal is one of *the* best *bargains* in town. Many of the servings are might be considered "little dishes," while others are larger. Additional dishes are $14 each and dessert is $8. Stellar service and a lovely dining space. Conveniently located from your 66th St. destination in the Trump International Hotel, on Columbus Circle.

    http://www.jean-georges.com

    Another really good option is Bar Boulud, one of 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's eateries. If you like charcuterie, the variety served here are some of the best in the city. And the bistro dishes are not too shabby either. Again conveniently located on B'way, b/t 63rd & 64th Sts.

    http://www.danielynyc.com/barboulud.html

    Good luck with your audition and Bon Appetit!

      1. Cafe Ronda...Columbus at 71st St:...Argentinian small plates...reasonable prices...rustic vibe...nice staff...

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        1. re: Simon

          oh I love Cafe Ronda!!! great sandwiches as well. Also Bouchon at the TWC is nice - one of the best grilled cheese and tomato soups around town.

          If you want quick and simple - Le Pain Quotidien is right near where you will be...(I know it's not unique to NYC but it's super convenient)

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          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          Cafe Ronda
          249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

          Le Pain Quotidien
          60 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023