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Mar 2, 2011 08:57 AM

Lunch and Dinner recommendations needed

I'm planning a special day out in the city but need advice. We get into Penn Station at 1220 on Sunday, and I have tickets for Wicked at 3:00.

I need recommendations for lunch that is quick enough to be to Gershwin theater by 2:45 or so but is still special and nice. I'm willing to spend up to $70 for lunch. We like Italian, French, and Mexican, but are not completely closed to other options.

For dinner, there is a lot more flexability in terms of time and location. I'd like to stay in the general vacinity of Rockefeller Center (I'm thinking we might go ice skating and I want to take her to la maison du chocolat as a final surprise before leaving from port authority bus terminal.) Again, I was thinking Italian, French, or Mexican and for dinner, I am willing to spend up to $130 or so and would like something on the nicer side. I'm willing to spend a bit more if it means getting a much better place/meal.

One complication I've been running into is a lot of places are closed on Sundays. Any help you can give me would be highly appreciated.

Thank you!

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  1. Toloache is a very nice upscale mexican very close to the Gershwin Theater which may well work for lunch. Highly recommended.

    For dinner, perhaps consider The Modern at Moma? It's about a 10 minute walk from the rockefeller center. The food is French/American.

    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

    The Modern
    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: uniqueusername

      The formal dining room at The Modern is closed on Sundays but the Bar Room (which is also excellent) is not. It is, however, close to Rockefeller Center. You could do 2 savories and 1 sweet per person for $130 including tax and tip but only if you don't really drink. The food is wonderful though.

    2. DB Bistro Moderne on 44th St (between 5th/6th) would be a good choice for dinner. ALso note that la Maison du Chocolat closes at 6pm on Sunday, so you better head over to Rockefeller Center as soon as you get out of the show.

      DB Bistro Moderne
      55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: boredough

        La Maison will often run out of hot chocolate by the end of the day on the weekends if that is what you seek.