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Lincoln Center: Best pre-opera matinee lunch spot?

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johnblacksox Dec 18, 2010 04:52 PM

Going to an opera on a Saturday matinee. Need a place within walking distance of The Met where I can have a nice lunch and get out in under an hour.

Caveats:
- I prefer Italian, but not a requirement.
- Must have wine.
- I have a viscaral hatred of brunch. No brunch spots, no exceptions. I can't emphasize this enough.

Il Violino used to be my pre-opera lunch place, but they switched to a "brunch menu" last year, so they are out, and I need a new place.

Thanks in advance!!!

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Il Violino
180 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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    trav Dec 19, 2010 07:22 AM

    Fiorello--right across the street

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      gutsofsteel Dec 18, 2010 07:25 PM

      Salumeria Rosi
      Bar Boulud

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      Salumeria Rosi
      283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: gutsofsteel
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        johnblacksox Dec 19, 2010 05:35 AM

        Both look great, but it looks like Bar Boulud has brunch only on Saturday, so that's out. Salumeria Rosi also lists a (tiny) brunch menu, but they might serve their normal lunch menu, their website doesn't say.

        (Which brings up a pet peeve of mine: restaurants who have 12 pages of info on their website, but don't include hours of operation, or what menus are served when.)

        I did some searching, and found A Voce, La Boite en Bois, and Pommodoro Rosso. A Voce might be overkill, since I'm just looking for a quick lunch, and it's a 1:00 curtain time.

        Any thoughts on any or all of those three?

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        A Voce
        41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

        La Boite en Bois
        75 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        Salumeria Rosi
        283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        1. re: johnblacksox
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          gutsofsteel Dec 19, 2010 06:09 AM

          Salumeria Rosi opens at noon I think, and serves their whole menu then. You could call to confirm...but I guess that's too late for you anyway.

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          Salumeria Rosi
          283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: johnblacksox
            JoanN Dec 19, 2010 06:23 AM

            La Boite's a good choice. And since it's closer than Salumeria Rosi, and opens at 11:00 on Saturday, you won't be as rushed. I'm not a fan of Pommodoro Rosso. I find it way overpriced for what is essentially a candle-in-the-Chianti-bottle Italian.

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            Salumeria Rosi
            283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: JoanN
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              johnblacksox Dec 19, 2010 06:57 AM

              Great! Thanks for the help, gutsofsteel and Joan!

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                uwsgrazer Dec 19, 2010 09:05 AM

                While I agree that Pomodoro Rosso isn't a particular bargain, I don't really find it overpriced relative to other comparable options in the neighborhood. We love the rigatoni alla ricotta, probably getting it as take-out more than dining in. At least Pomodoro's portions are generous. I would be interested if you have other Italian places in the area to suggest that offer better value.

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                Pomodoro Rosso
                229 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

                1. re: uwsgrazer
                  JoanN Dec 19, 2010 09:25 AM

                  I wish I did. I've lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years now and one by one it seems all the places I used to frequent (of those that have remained open, that is) have gone up in price and down in quality. I agree with you that Pomodoro's servings are generous, but very few entrees on the menu are less than $25-$26 and that just strikes me as a bit high for what is essentially a neighborhood red-sauce joint.

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