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Looking for lunch and afternoon tea spots

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Hi! I'm looking for two places as part of a Saturday-date-in-the-city.

First a lunch space either near Lincoln Square or Upper West side- something light and casual (we'll be coming from ice skating at Wollman)

And then an afternoon coffee/people watching/dessert space for a post-MOMA treat?

Thanks so much!

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  1. If you could just provide a price target so that we can suggest places in your price range for lunch and then also for the afternoon that would help get you better suggestions. =D

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    1. re: XerxesAB

      Thanks for the coaching! I'm new to Chowhound and not a NYC native, so putting this date weekend together is quite an experience!

      For lunch up to $25-30/pp
      For coffee/treats up to $20/pp

      1. re: Neyesn

        Well I hope you have a wonderful day weekend!

        I think Salumeria Rosi is a great place in the Lincoln Square/UWS area. Its Italian food, mostly small plates, which are always fun to share and taste many different things. They have a wonderful selection of fine Italian meats and cheese, and good wine. It should fit your price range depending on how many plates you get.

        There is also Bar Boulud. I enjoyed the food there before the Opera and the service was nice. Again it should fit your price range.

        Picholine during lunch is $28 for a two course meal and the food is also excellent. It isn't terribly casual though, it will be more of your fine dining experience.

        For casual with a view, there is also Landmarc in the Time Warner building that will fit your price range and if you get seated by the windows you can look out over Columbus Circle and into Central Park.

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        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        Landmarc
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        Salumeria Rosi
        283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        1. re: XerxesAB

          I don't really know of anything for afternoon tea/people watching/dessert in that area so I hope someone else can be of help.

          1. re: XerxesAB

            The Modern Bar Room would be great for desserts and people watching. It's open all afternoon.

            1. re: peter j

              Ditto. It's the front casual area of the Modern restaurant, next door to MoMA. There's a bar, lounge seating, a banquette, and freestanding tables.

              Don't miss the beignets.

        2. re: Neyesn

          Check the prices on line for all these suggestions before you go!

      2. Bar Boulud is definitely a great choice! For Tea, the Peninsula Hotel usually has a nice afternoon tea with sandwiches and petit fores also.

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        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        1. Bouchon in Time Warner at Columbus Circle is good for tea/coffee and people watching indoors, and not far from MOMA.

          For lunch on UWS post-Wollman, consider Shake-Shack for good burgers (super casual).