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Jul 28, 2010 09:12 AM

Reasonably Priced Lunch near Central Park South

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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  1. 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

      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!

    2. 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

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

        1. re: Littleman

          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?

          1. re: prdct

            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

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

          3. 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

              Thanks, this looks like an option.

              1. re: hollyjean380

                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

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

            2. 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

                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

                  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. 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

                    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.


                      1. re: hollyjean380

                        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.