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Light meal near 60th and 3rd

fhhsalum Jun 26, 2009 10:49 AM

We're going to the National Theatre production of Phedre, which is being shown at City Cinema123. Is there a sit-down place within a few blocks of the theater for a tasty and pleasant light meal before the show? Any cuisine is OK, price under $30 (including tax and tip) for a plate of food and coffee--a salad or soup would be nice but not essential.

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    fhhsalum Jul 6, 2009 04:21 PM

    Thanks for your advice. Patsy's is fine as a fallback. We'll also consider Sip Sak and the Shanghai Tea Garden.

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      ChefPeter Jul 3, 2009 07:49 AM

      Or Chula on 57 between lex and 3rd. It's a buffet, the food is very good, but be willing to eat. When I first ate there I was hungry so I filled my plate pretty good and when I returned to my seat I found the table full of plates. The waiter had taken food from the kitchen and put it on the table, and that continues throughout the meal. Note: The foodis better closer to 11:30 naturally.

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        ChefPeter Jul 3, 2009 07:43 AM

        Our place Shanghi Tea Garden on 55 bet. Les and third (www.ourplace-teagarden.com.) Is the spot!! The food is always executed well; hot, seasoned and diverse. I recommend the soup dumplings!! It has great ambiance and the service is full pro and they are fast. These guys have been doing this for a long time. They actually serve you your fried rice and make your pancakes in front of you for both the Peeking duck and moo shoo platters, I recommend both. I think other restaurants need to take note. I never spend over $20 for lunch.

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          notsochubbychubette Jun 30, 2009 07:44 AM

          brasserie 360 is a good option too.

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            notsochubbychubette Jun 29, 2009 06:28 AM

            Felice, for sure...

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              RussianGirl Jun 26, 2009 12:10 PM

              Well, there is one of the Patsy's chains on the same corner as the theatre on 60th and 3rd, which is OK for a quick salad and a pizza. Accademia Vino (or something like that) is on 64th and 3rd and I think has gotten decent reviews on this board, but I have not been there. There are also a few good places on First Ave - Felice, Cipolla Rossa, Maya (not sure if they have lunch).

              1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 26, 2009 11:21 AM

                Cipolla Rossa or Bistro 61.

                Bistro 61
                1113 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065

                Cipolla Rossa
                1109 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065

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                  mch Jun 26, 2009 11:16 AM

                  sip sak might work for you

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                    cimui Jun 30, 2009 12:09 AM

                    sip sak is a fantastic suggestion. a non-sit down place like pampano taqueria might also work for you. i don't think they have coffee, but the food is excellent. it's sort of fun and romantic to find a deserted bench somewhere to eat.


                    1. re: cimui
                      JungMann Jul 1, 2009 11:56 AM

                      On the corner of 60th and 3rd there's the El Rey del Sabor taco truck which I prefer over Pampano. Their huaraches and mole are not to be missed!

                      1. re: JungMann
                        cimui Jul 1, 2009 02:57 PM

                        Oh, interesting -- I've never noticed this truck, though I must've walked right by it. Do you happen to know what its hours are?

                        1. re: cimui
                          JungMann Jul 2, 2009 06:49 AM

                          Chow says they're open 10-6, but I can only confirm when I've been between 11:30 and 3.

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                            cimui Jul 3, 2009 06:33 AM

                            Ah, thanks for hunting that down, JM (and sorry I was lazy about looking it up myself). This explains why I haven't ever seen it though apparently the truck gets rave reviews. I've only been to Pampano after 7 or 8. Hopefully 6 p.m. works for pre-Phedre.

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