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Reasonably Priced Lunch near Central Park South

hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 09:12 AM

Looking for a place within walking distance (a few blocks) of 769 Madison Ave. for lunch. Would like a reasonably priced sit-down restaurant. Any suggestions?

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    kathryn Jul 28, 2010 09:18 AM

    What day of the week? Some places only serve weekday lunch. How many people in your party?

    How much are you willing to pay including tax, tip, and any wine/drinks? Madison and East 66th can be a difficult location to keep costs down.

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    1. re: kathryn
      hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 05:07 PM

      This will be a Monday with a total of five in the party. I would like to keep the price to $20 per plate, $5 per glass of wine. Don't mind tipping well for great service. This lunch will be after a bridal dress appointment, so a little celebration will be in order, but don't want to break the bank!

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      Littleman Jul 28, 2010 09:57 AM

      The Coliseum Bar and Restaurant on W 58th has outstanding soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Check the daily specials. You would enjoy having lunch there. Good luck.

      The Coliseum Bar and Restaurant @ 312 West 58th St., New York, NY 212 - 977 - 3523.

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      1. re: Littleman
        kathryn Jul 28, 2010 10:22 AM

        That's not really what I'd call walking distance of Madison and East 66th.

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          prdct Jul 28, 2010 01:03 PM

          Interesting--this was a law school drinking hangout once upon a time but I never tasted decent food there. What have you had there that is tasty?

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            City Kid Jul 29, 2010 06:51 AM

            Some places are worth walking out of your way for, but this doesn't sound like one of them. I have never been but the profile in NY Magazine says, "The Coliseum epitomizes urban banality: It serves its purpose (ample booze and inoffensive carbs) without much personality or style."

          2. re: Littleman
            kiworan79 Jul 29, 2010 12:29 PM

            Coliseum is terrible. I would highly recommend avoiding the place.

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            fm1963 Jul 28, 2010 10:41 AM

            If you're willing to walk ten blocks, Cafe Boulud on 76th & Madison has a prix fixe lunch for $24.07, which is being offered through September 4.

            Cafe Boulud
            20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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            1. re: fm1963
              hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 05:12 PM

              Thanks, this looks like an option.

              1. re: hollyjean380
                Littleman Jul 28, 2010 06:30 PM

                Cafe Boulud is one of my favorite all time NYC restaurants. Chef Boulud opened his first restaurant at this location when he left Le Cirque in 1993. He later moved Daniel to it's present location and kept the old location for Cafe Boulud. You would really enjoy lunch here.

                1. re: Littleman
                  hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 07:27 PM

                  Thanks Littleman. The price is right, that's for sure! FM1963 made a great suggestion.

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              Littleman Jul 28, 2010 11:59 AM

              Holly Jean........

              You proposed two different choices to answer (1) Near Central Park S or (2) a few blocks from 769 Madison. It's probably 10 blocks from 769 Madison Ave. to 312 W 58th St. but that's not a long distance to walk in NYC since about 8 of those blocks are the short ones. It's only one block from Central Park S to 312 W 58th. I based my recommendation on your headline asking for lunch near Central Park S. I hope you have a great lunch. Good luck.

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              1. re: Littleman
                kathryn Jul 28, 2010 01:41 PM

                From East 66th to East 58th is 8 short blocks, from Madison to 8th Avenue is three long blocks with Madison to 5th being a shorter block.

                Google Maps says it's a 1.1 mile walk or about 20 minutes.

                1. re: Littleman
                  hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 05:13 PM

                  Thanks Littleman. I live in Philadelphia, so I am used to walking the blocks. I have been to NYC quite a few times and feel pretty comfortable with walking the city! I will certaintly consider your recommendation.

                2. hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 05:15 PM

                  A friend of mine recommended Fig & Olive at 800(ish) Lexington. Anyone been there and/or have an opinion?

                  Fig & Olive
                  808 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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                  1. re: hollyjean380
                    small h Jul 28, 2010 05:24 PM

                    It's a "ladies who lunch" type of place, and the food is very nice, if a little fussy. With careful ordering, you can do <$20/plate, but you'll need to abandon your quest for $5/glass wine. Cheapest glass is $10. That's not at all unreasonable for the neighborhood, either.


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                      hollyjean380 Jul 28, 2010 07:19 PM


                      1. re: hollyjean380
                        small h Jul 28, 2010 07:29 PM

                        You're welcome! Considering the occasion, it might be a good choice for you. And if you're at all interested in tasting different olive oils, Fig & Olive is an excellent place to do that.

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