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Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

I'm taking my mom out for lunch on Friday- she is coming into Grand Central from CT, I'll be meeting here there from Park Slope.
I wanted to take her to Lady M's for tea (she has always wanted to go) but I can only get a later reservation. She also doesn't want half her lunch being desserts :)
She suggested Sarabeths but she has been many times I I would like for us to go somewhere new. I thought maybe Balthazar but she has been there once.

The place doesnt have to be fancy but should be somewhere with a variety on the menu- salads, sandwiches, entrees. We dont need to stay around Grand Central because we'll take the train wherever but I dont want it to be too big of a haul transferring and whatnot.

If you have a favorite place you like, a cute little bistro lunch spot or cafe thats been around forever, I would love to hear about it.

Thanks!

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    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Thanks, menu looks yummy. Not sure there's enough there for her though. She doesnt eat shellfish either lol :) I on the other hand eat it all :)

    2. I should also mention she doesnt eat meat. She eats fish, no meat.

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      1. re: rebloonin

        Look at Allegretti. Very nice fish offerings, and a lovely lunch place.

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        Allegretti
        46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

      2. From your description it sounds like she might enjoy somewhere like the Central Park Boathouse for lunch. I'll admit I've neever been but I think I'm going to try it out next week for restuarant week. Their menu has tuna as an entree and the setting should be lovely.

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        Central Park Boathouse
        Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

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        1. re: roze

          I think we're going to try Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner building. I hear its a little tight in there but it has grilled cheese and tomato soup which she loves- plus an array of other salads and such. Then we can walk around the Time Warner building (which I could care less about but she would love) and walk with iced coffees into the park.

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          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: rebloonin

            I don't like Bouchon Bakery. It's basically sitting in a hallway in a mall.

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            Bouchon Bakery
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Yeah I have read similar reviews. We'll be ok though. She doesnt require anything too fancy. She's pretty easy to please. I think she will appreciate the follow up of walking in the park.

            2. re: rebloonin

              Bouchon Bakery is more appropriate for just grabbing something to go.

              I'd strongly suggest elsewhere for an actual sit-down meal. Perhaps Maialino?

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              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: rebloonin

                The atmosphere isn't the best since it is in a mall - but I do love Bouchon Bakery's tomato soup and grilled cheese. Probably the best I've ever had (don't tell my husband.)

                1. re: uwsister

                  And that foie terrine in the glass jar is fabulous.

              2. re: roze

                Get the crabcake. Best I ever had. Pass on the shrimp and grits.

              3. Bouchon does have a sit-down area with waiter service, in addition to the to-go counter at TWC. Nothing fancy, but you do get a view of the park, or the Sony showroom (which is sometimes more interesting).

                But yes, Maialino, if you're willing to travel and spend a bit more. Other favorite and *cute* options:

                La Mangeoire
                The Wright (at the Guggenheim)
                Cafe Sabarsky (at the Neue Galerie)
                West Branch

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                1. re: fm1963

                  Samsung, actually. You also get to sit underneath an enormous Samsung sign, which I wager most people will find off-putting.

                2. I'm not sure if their menu will suit your mother's tastes but there's plenty for everyone there. Cafe Sabarsky in UES is a great place for lunch with outdoor seating and views of the Park which is not a whole lot but better than most. There are two different restaurants with the same menu one of the first floor and one on the second. I know you and your mother would enjoy their deserts.

                  I would probably go to the Boathouse myself for the outstanding view and atmosphere.

                  Good luck.

                  Cafe Sabarsky/Cafe Fledermaus @ 1048 5th Avenue, New York, NY 212 - 288 - 0665.
                  http://www.wallse.com/

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                  Cafe Sabarsky
                  1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                  1. re: Littleman

                    Cafe Sabarsky has no outdoor seating. Fledermaus is in the basement, and Sabarsky is on the first floor. Have you ever even been there?

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                    Cafe Sabarsky
                    1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    1. re: Littleman

                      Wallse has some tables on the sidewalk. Sabarsky has no outdoor space.

                      And Fledermaus (in the basement) has not been open for so long. It was added some time after Sabarsky opened.

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                      Wallse
                      344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014