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last minute lunch recommendation near moma ?

i have a friend of a friend in town and last minute we decided to grab lunch..i work on park and 49th and shell be at the moma so were looking for something between those two spots...were open to any type of food but would prefer to pay less than $20/person and not go somewhere too formal since i wont have a ton of time. help please :)

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  1. Eat at the MOMA Cafe, lemon; that's a no-brainer. A great [Danny Meyer] restaurant!

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    1. re: Phil Ogelos

      lol i would but they have dinner reservation at the modern for tonite !

      1. re: lemonyc

        The cafe inside the museum has very different food than The Modern, the restaurant next door. However, I believe you need to purchase admission to the museum to get to the cafe inside.

        1. re: kathryn

          I'll check over the course of this week, but I have a hard time believing that you have to pay admission to enter the restaurant. I mean, it's like the gift shop: not in the place's interest to repel you thus.

          edit: I didn't know there was a resto next door named "The Modern." Riding on coattails (and not the homeless), I guess.

          1. re: Phil Ogelos

            Yup!

            http://www.moma.org/visit/plan/eating...

            Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 are open to museum visitors. The Modern (restaurant next door) is open to all.

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            Cafe 2
            9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

            Terrace 5
            9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: Phil Ogelos

              Not only is there a restaurant, it's superb.

      2. how about taking out a nice lunch at between the bread on 55th off of 7th? inexpensive, but no seating.

        1. La Bonne Soupe

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          La Bonne Soupe
          48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. Lou's Cafe - 1/2 block away

            http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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            Lou's Cafe
            1301 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019