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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.

      http://www.modernmexican.com/pampano/...

      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.

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      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.