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Light meal near 60th and 3rd

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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    1. re: mch

      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

        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

          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

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

            1. re: JungMann

              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.

    2. Cipolla Rossa or Bistro 61.

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

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

      1. 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. brasserie 360 is a good option too.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.

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