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lunch by Lincoln Center

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a pre-matinee lunch close to Lincoln Center? We need to be fairly close, no more then a two block walk. We'd like something alittle special, it's a Christmas/ Birthday gift for my mother-in-law.
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    1. re: smokeandapancake

      Second all of the above, especially Bar Boulud.

      1. re: smokeandapancake

        Bar Boulud is great but a bit too casual for something special. Picholine doesn't do lunch or that would be my suggestion. You do have Jean George with unquestionably one of the best lunchs in the city and incredible service to boot.

      2. If you're going to be at the Met, you could try the Grand Tier inside the house.

        1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
          Picholine was my first choice, unfortunately it's not open for lunch. Same goes for Cafe de Artistes and the Grand Tier. We're going to the Beaumont theatre, the northwest corner of Lincoln Center (165th and Amsterdam) so even with her walker, Per Se is just too far for my Mother-in -Law. I was leaning towards Bar Boulud, but their lunch menu is very limited, not nearly as interesting as dinner.
          I think we'll go to Cafe Fiorello. Does anyone have any suggestions, what are their best dishes or what definitely not to order?
          Thanks again