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Sep 2, 2010 01:11 PM

Second time in NYC need Rec for lunch/dinner in Manhattan

My first time was only for 3 nights and we stayed in Brooklyn Heights so we did not get to check out the food scene very much. I could your help this time around.

We get in on a Saturday and leave the next Thursday. Staying at the Millenium Hotel near Times Sq. I'll be doing lunches on my own while wife attends meetings during the day. Need recs for bf/lunch near hotel and also near the museum's I'll visit while she works. I intend to use the subway to get uptown. Deli's, burgers, pizza for lunch but want to make sure these are typical [if there's such a thing] NY. We'll be able to do three maybe four dinners. My budget is ~$150 for the two of us including wine. She is not keen on Mexican or Asian food but most everthing else [french, continental, spanish, eclectic, etc] goes. We'll cab it or use the subway in the evening and definately do not want to venture into other buroughs [that will be the next trip].

looking forward to your suggestions.

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  1. jean george for lunch. i would do splurge and go over your budget a little with one dinner at degustation and maybe balance it out with dinner at balthazaar and casa mono which should be doable under 100 each.

    1. What museums are you planning on visiting? They are spread out a bit. The Natural History museum is on the Upper West Side. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Whitney and others are on the Upper East Side. The Museum of Modern Art is in Midtown.

      What's your budget for lunch? For example, the UES can be quite pricey but you can find some good values there as well.

      For your dinners out, does the $75pp also include tax and tip as well as the wine? When are you coming? Where are you coming from? Do you prefer to make a reservation or are you OK with waiting for a meal? Can you tell us more about any other preferences, likes/dislikes?

      Breakfast near Times Square:

      Some lunch suggestions near Times Square:

      Have you seen these already?

      Don't leave NY without eating these foods

      Pizza in NYC

      BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour, just note that Guss' has closed so sub in Pickle Guy instead:

      Best breakfast and brunch:

      Pickle Guys
      49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: kathryn

        I'll be there Sept.25th through the 30th. I'm coming from Florida. I guess the UES for the museums/lunch $20/person. The $75pp for dinner does not include tip. I feel more comfortable if iIhave reservations. I'll eat almost anything so don't worry about that. My wife, on the other hand, is not into Mexican/Asian; don't worry about it either because I'll be on my own for lunch.
        Thanks for your input!