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jrabbit2727 Jul 4, 2009 11:04 AM

Hi all,

Coming to NYC for 2 plays and 2 exhibitions in late july - and need lunch recos for each. I am a vegetarian (no meat or dairy) but I do eat fish and seafood. Looking for non chain/boring italian/traditional american spots. Here's my itinerary:

Friday - Show at the Met - lunch before

Saturday - God of Carnage matinee - w 43rd and 9th - need lunch before

Sunday Mary Stuart matinee....was thinking of Esca for lunch - yes?

Monday - Show at the Guggenheim......suggestions for lunch or an early dinner?


  1. MMRuth Jul 4, 2009 01:22 PM

    I'll try to update this list further, but I just put it together. I live near the Guggenheim and the Met, and these are places that I like:


    The Italian places are not boring - and I think Sfoglia is particulary good, but can be hard to get a reservation. If you are looking for some less expensive places, I'd be happy to provide options, most of which are either further north or east.

    Edit - if you click on the names of the places on the list, you'll get more information about them, as well as a list of threads that discuss the place.

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    1. re: MMRuth
      jrabbit2727 Jul 4, 2009 03:25 PM

      Thanks for this - appreciate it - however most of the places you've mentioned I can't eat at. Square meal is all dairy and eggs/meat. Austrian/French food is a no go due to the ingredients. Couple places are burger joints.

      Do you have any suggestions for places I can get vegetarian food or fish/seafood?

      1. re: jrabbit2727
        MMRuth Jul 4, 2009 03:37 PM

        I do think that Square Meal has fish dishes that don't have dairy. There is a v. good vegan restaurant that might work for you called Candle 79, on 79th Street between Park and Madison, which is a quick walk from the Met. I've been there with a vegan and a vegetarian friend and they both loved it, and I enjoyed it. They also have a nice selection of organic wines. I suspect that both Sfoglia and Paola's have pasta dishes w/o meat and dairy, and, I promise you, aren't boring! I'll see what else I can think of and post back, but I suspect you would like Candle 79.

        P.S. Many restaurants will prepare just a plain fish for you w/ no dairy.

        1. re: MMRuth
          MMRuth Jul 4, 2009 03:39 PM

          Also - this is a bit further away, but they have a nice raw bar:


    2. r
      RGR Jul 4, 2009 02:36 PM

      Two suggestions for your pre-theater lunches:

      Il Punto, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th St. - Italian focusing on the cuisine of the Puglia region. Delicious and definitely *not* boring!


      Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. - Traditional homestyle Italian-American. A favorite of mine and many other Hounds because the food is well-prepared and very tasty.


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      1. re: RGR
        jrabbit2727 Jul 4, 2009 03:28 PM

        Il Punto sounds great!

        Trecolori not so much. Traditional Italian and those of us who don't eat dairy/eggs or meat doesn't really work.

        1. re: jrabbit2727
          RGR Jul 4, 2009 08:00 PM

          How about a Greek restaurant? The Greeks have a way with fish, and the menus always have vegetarian option. Kellari Taverna, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is a seafood taverna. While I haven't been to this Kellari location, their sister restaurant, Kellari's Parea (Gramercy/Flatiron area) is a favorite of ours. Hounds who have been to the midtown location say the quality of the food is equally as high.


      2. m
        manic2 Jul 5, 2009 06:20 AM

        Marseille is always reliable and good....and perfectly located for your Mary Stuart performance (down the block)
        Don't have too much wine....Mary Stuart is 3 hours!!

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