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8 hours in NYC x2. Need lunch!

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We're two chefs flying to San Francisco in a couple of weeks.

We managed to plan it so well that we have about eight hours in NYC on the way to SF, but also on the return flight.

Now both stops will be around lunchtime so we'll need somewhere to eat. Last time i was in NYC i went Pastis, Babbo, Ssäm Bar, Jean Georges and a few other places. I woldn't really mind going back to Babbo or Ssäm Bar for my friend who's never been. But then again, i'd also like to try something new. =)

Been thinking about Spotted Pig or Prune. But we're really up for anything...Four Seasons i would love to go to, but that mught just be a bit too steep...

Any suggestions?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Note that Babbo isn't open for lunch service. Not all of our best restaurants are open for lunch and those that are open for lunch are only open on weekdays, not weekends. What day of the week are you traveling to NYC?

    For a chef with an adventurous palate, Spotted Pig and Prune are good calls. Prune does, however, search a brunch menu on the weekends and is pretty packed, so that might not be what you're looking for.

    For upscale dining, I'd try also Eleven Madison Park (assuming this is a weekday). It's not cheap (think more along the lines of Jean Georges level), though.

    For more casual but still interesting dining, I'd do Casa Mono, Motorino, Xian Famous Foods (takeout/counter service), Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughters, Szechuan Gourmet, Shake Shack, the chicken and rice cart on 53rd and 6th, Amy Ruth's, Keens Chophouse, Kabab Cafe, Franny's, Di Fara, Sripraphai in Queens (OK, the last 4 are actually not in Manhattan, for details look on the Outer Boroughs board).

    This may help as well as it's a request from a chef from SF:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692820

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    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Amy Ruth's
    113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    Motorino
    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks! Katz would be nice.

      Remembered Peter Luger too, got that as a recommendation last time. And also Frankie's Spuntino. Any opinions?

      We're there on a weekday...

      1. re: olletagesson

        Hey!!! Don't forget Papaya King, for a "real" NYC street experience!!!!!!

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        Papaya King
        179 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028