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Jul 4, 2009 11:04 AM

Toronto Chowhound needs recos in NYC

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?


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  1. 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.

    3 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      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

        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

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

    2. 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

        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

          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. 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!!