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Any chance of a relatively inexpensive, yummy lunch near the Guggenheim?

Planning to visit finally - live 30 minutes away, and one of my favorite museums, but haven't taken the chance to go in years! I recognize that's an expensive area, but is there any chance of finding delicious food - any type, but especially some type of ethnic would be great - that's under $15.00 per person (not including drinks or tip). I'm happy to walk out of the area a bit. Outdoor seating would be a plus, but I know I'm asking a lot here...


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  1. If you're willing to walk to 2nd Ave and 80th St (or take the bus over) you can go to Cascabel Taqueria, which is one of my favorites.

    1538 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    1. Buddha BBeeQ, a small, family owned and operated homestyle Korean restaurant on 2nd Ave between 91-92 is a good choice. They have lunch specials well within your budget, and it's a sweet friendly place with good food.

      Buddha BBeeQ
      1750 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1. naruto ramen, on 89th and 3rd

        Naruto Ramen
        1596 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

        1. There are a couple of French bistros -- Le Paris and Pascalou -- around the corner on Madison where, if you order carefully (particularly salads and sandwiches), you could stay within your range. Both are small and charming and have an outside table or two.

          1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Le Paris
          1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

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          1. re: City Kid

            Thank you - these are all great suggestions!

          2. +1 for Cascabel. you've also got:
            - Hummus Kitchen on 2nd Ave
            - Chennai on 1st Ave
            - Beyoglu on 3rd Ave

            so you have several types of ethnic :)

            i love the Guggenheim. enjoy the day!

            200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

            1663 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Hummus Kitchen
            1613 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              chennai was good when it did south indian. now it has the same uninspired menu as every other indian place

              (all food is ethnic)

              1. re: thew

                thanks for the heads-up on the menu change - i had no idea.

                and my "ethnic" remark was a direct response to something the OP said.

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thanks as always! Hummus Kitchen sounds interesting - I have to check out the rest :)

                1. re: lovessushi

                  it won't blow your mind, but it's good...and relatively inexpensive...and the menu is pretty waistline-friendly ;)

              3. Not ethnic, but good: Corner Bakery, Yura on Madison and Church of Heavenly Rest Cafe. All very close to the Guggenheim.

                Yura on Madison
                1292 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

                Heavenly Rest Stop
                2 E 90th St, New York, NY 10128

                Corner Cafe & Bakery
                1246 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

                1. Pio Pio serves excellent Peruvian style rotisserie chicken at your price point. it's kinda far east, but maybe worth the trip.

                  Pio Pio
                  1746 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                  1. re: coasts

                    But chicken is the only edible thing they serve. This is a place to get a chicken to go, but it's a lousy restaurant.

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      the UES location is a fine room - much better than their UWS spot. for $15pp, a couple could share a chicken, yucca frita and an avocado salad, and leave quite satisfied. i would say that it meets the OPs requirements of nearby, inexpensive and ethnic. i wouldn't hesitate to send someone there considering the budget.

                  2. El Paso Taqueria on 97th bet Madison and Park is a good value for mostly well-made Mexican standards. Nice local vibe.

                    El Paso Taqueria
                    64 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029

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                    1. re: bob96

                      Thank you - I think we're not up for Mexican this time...Le Paris seems nice but just slightly too pricey by the time all is said and done...everything does sound great though-thanks again
                      Deciding between Naruto Ramen and Hummus Kitchen I think...the ramen would be a carb load, but it sounds so good!