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Jul 28, 2010 12:00 PM

Any Lunch recs for this Saturday Central Park vicinity

Bringing the family into the city on Saturday for dinner and thought we'd come early and walk around Central Park to build up our appetites for a 7pm dinner. Would like something light (as much as I'd love a huge pastrami sandwich!) so we can keep our appetites for dinner. Either east or west side, any ethnicity (except we're eating Italian for dinner), not greatly expensive ($20 or less per person) and casual. Let me know if that's not specific enough - thanks!

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  1. At the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, you can grab stuff from Whole Foods and picnic in the park. Bouchon Bakery (on the third floor, I think) also has delicious sandwiches.

    Bouchon Bakery
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

    1. Central Park is 50 blocks long, so it would be helpful to know approximately where you'll be.

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      1. re: small h

        We're just planning to walk around - nothing really specific although I would guess up from CPSouth to maybe mid-70s.

        1. re: ElaineL

          Okay. That doesn't narrow it down much, though. Blumie's suggestion is a good one, and to that I'll add Fika, which is a Swedish espresso bar with good sandwiches and soups on 58th between 5th & 6th Ave. I just had lunch there yesterday - half a shrimp salad sandwich with a bowl of cold potato soup for $9. There isn't much seating, but it's an attractive little place, and what I had was very good. And light.

      2. Two additional suggestions: within your geographical constraints, check the Boathouse Express, 73rd and the East Drive in CP (; not the inside restaurant but the "fast", light food windows outside. Picnic tables right there, or you can walk to a grassy spot very close. Next, @85th and Mad, you'll find Dean & Deluca ( which has some of the finest deli in the city (check the prices, for they may be outside the $$ constraints you mentioned). One block to the park. Please let us know what you decide and how it works. BTW, where are you going for your Italian dinner?

        Dean & DeLuca
        1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

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        1. re: Upperwestsider

          Thanks for all of the recs...we're still deciding so will report back. For dinner we're going to Crispo in Chelsea.

          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011