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Where to lunch near Waldorf-Astoria? Alone in NYC!

deliciousdevil Feb 3, 2010 01:08 PM

I am wandering around for a day in Manhattan and want to go to a foodie place for lunch by myself while my significant other is at a conference. Where should I go? It needs to be all about the food, not so much the ambiance.....thanks for your replies!

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    deliciousdevil Feb 5, 2010 06:37 AM

    Thanks for all of your replies. But what about something a bit more casual?

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    1. re: deliciousdevil
      fm1963 Feb 5, 2010 07:59 AM

      Grand Sichuan on 55th and 2nd, if you iike spicy asian food.

      For dessert, Financier Patisserie on 54th and 1st, and also the baklava at Güllüoglu, a Turkish cafe on 52nd and 2nd.

      1. re: fm1963
        buttertart Feb 5, 2010 09:26 AM

        Get the chestnut baklava at Gulloglu...utterly heavenly. I like that Grand Sichuan a lot too.

      2. re: deliciousdevil
        shaogo Feb 5, 2010 08:25 AM

        La Mangeoire is plenty casual. And very, very good. Been there about 30 years!

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          Will4Food Feb 5, 2010 12:17 PM

          The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. And sit at the counter.

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            boccalupo Feb 5, 2010 12:40 PM

            Pretty cool NYC experience. Just did that for the first time today. Had a nice bowl of clam chowder.

        2. re: deliciousdevil
          Peter Cherches Feb 5, 2010 12:57 PM

          Less formal:

          Ise on 49th between 3rd & Lex for great Japanese lunch specials. Caffe Linda a couple of doors away for excellent casual Italian.

          The block of 53rd between 2nd & 3rd has some little gems:

          Ariyoshi for Japanese (get the deluxe box)
          Tadka for Indian

          Going west, Soba Nippon on 52nd St. between 5th & 6th (a bit pricey but excellent Soba),.


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          bluehorseshoe Feb 4, 2010 05:03 AM

          I'd walk at bit and go to The Modern on 53rd between 5th and 6th -- The Bar Room has a fantastic menu, Danny Meyer rarely disappoints, probably worth getting a reservation

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            fm1963 Feb 3, 2010 01:53 PM

            Le Bernardin, 155 W 51st St, between 6th and 7th Ave.

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              boccalupo Feb 3, 2010 01:18 PM

              Alto might be a good option.

              La Grenouille is also in that zone. I have never tried it, but it is topic of a current thread.


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              1. re: boccalupo
                gutsofsteel Feb 3, 2010 01:25 PM

                Seasonal is another very good option.

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                gutsofsteel Feb 3, 2010 01:14 PM

                La Mangeoire is a lovely authentic Provencal restaurant on 2nd Ave near 53rd St. - just a few blocks from the Waldorf. The food is very good, and the decor evocative, and service is gracious. And Christian Delouvrier, a very well regarded chef, is in the kitchen now.


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