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Feb 21, 2011 05:40 PM

best lunch place near moma

can you recommend a teens with parents lunch pre-moma for friday? doesn't need to be too family-friendly but not too too pricey. Thanks.

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  1. A few blocks south at Rock Center there's a food court downstairs. Tri-Tip Grill is my fave there, but there are quite a few options.
    A few blocks N: on 55th St there Menchanko-Tei (very good ramen soups), on 56th St. there's Tina's Cuban restaurant with many very good sandwiches at around $7 or cooked food for $10-12. A plate of fried pork chops (comes with with fries and salad) easily feeds 2 people in my opinion. Entering the place, as seating is in the back, you'll pass by the trays with cooked food, so you can see what looks good to you. I also like their patties (empanadas) - filled with chicken, beef or cheese.
    Also on 56th there's another good Japanese restaurant, Sushi-ya - good bento boxes at $15, excellent udon soups and generally good value and quality sushi.

    Tina's Restaurant
    23 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    28 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Tri Tip Grill
    30 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10112

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    1. re: RedVelvet

      Just wanted to confirm- Is the Tri Tip Grill and the food court on the Rockefeller concourse level? What other places would CHs recommend besides Blue Bottle and Jacques Torres?

      1. re: prima

        There is also a La Maison du Chocolat (French style filled chocolates, macarons, and also chocolate ice cream in the summer), 'wichcraft, Bouchon Bakery, Magnolia Bakery (not at Rock Center but nearby, skip the cupcakes in lieu of icebox cake or banana pudding).

    2. The cafeteria in MoMA (2nd floor) is not too bad, if you're going to be inside the museum anyway. There are also dueling halal food carts at 53rd and 6th. The famous one uses yellow bags and in the daytime is on the SE corner. The upstart challenger uses white bags. There's a second cart associated the yellow-bag outfit at 7th and 53rd. At either place, ask for as much hot sauce as you can handle. Somewhat better than these, in my view, is the biryani cart at the SW corner of 46th and 6th.

      All this assumes that you'll find the bar room at The Modern, the formal restaurant associated with the museum, too pricey to eat at with hungry teens. If not, that's your best food bet.

      1. If you'd be interested in French-Vietnamese cuisine, you might enjoy Ma Peche. They have a number of different sandwiches and small plates, in addition to a prix fixe (with choices). Food is very delicious.

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        1. I like the food at Ma Peche as well. It's possible to get out at lunch without spending too much. In another food direction, there's the burger joint hidden behind a curtain at Le Parker Meridien on 56th off 6th. See for comments, pro and con. I like it myself, based on one recent experience, but you'll need to go early to avoid long lines. (The same is true of the cafeteria in MoMA.)

          Edited to add: if you eat at Ma Peche, and even if you don't, consider dessert (soft serve, cookies, etc.) at the Milk Bar in the front.

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. La Bonne Soupe is reasonable, reliable and great if you have any conservative eaters. Just a hop skip and jump from Moma, 55th between 5th and 6th.

            La Bonne Soupe
            48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019