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10th Anniversary - Need Fancy (but not $$$$$) Lunch Resto in High W. 40s - Low 50s.

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This is for a work event, I'll have about four or five people with me. Probably an hour and a half tops, including walking. Oceana is right next door but we just ate there. Any good suggestions for a very memorable lunch? Maybe the MoMA?

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Resto
111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

Oceana
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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  1. Le Bernardin (lunch prix fixe is $70, jackets required)

    The Modern Dining Room

    Alto

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    Le Bernardin
    155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: peter j

      Le Bernardin would be my first choice. Esca on 43rd and 9th would be my second choice.

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      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      1. re: steve h.

        O.P.: "Probably an hour and a half tops, including walking."

        The o.p.'s office is right near Oceana (6th & 49th). It seems to me that going to Esca would eat up (pun intended) too much time getting there and back.

        If they were to head south, dbBistro Moderne, which is on 44th, b/tw 5th & 6th, is much closer than Esca and would be, imo, a fine choice though not as memorable as Le Bernardin or The Modern. I think those two are far and away the best options.

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    2. Since Michael White has split with Chris Cannon and Cannon, who retains Alto and Convivio, just announced that he is bringing in new executive chefs at both, I would hold off on Alto right now.

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      1. Check out La Silhouette,terrifiic French food owned/run by good folks previously from La Bernardin. The veal cheeks entree and the Burgundy Snails risotto are excellent. Service is impeccable for a newish restaurant.