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May 12, 2011 05:48 PM

Decent Eats Near Central Park & 60's

I am taking a school group (children age 10-11 and parents... generally group around 20-25ppl). We are spending the day meandering Central Park, ending with the zoo.

Looking for a place for early dinner (as we need to get a train back home from Grand Central @5:15... and that generally gets us home about 7:30ish... food is a must before leaving the city). We will do brown bag-picnic-esque lunch in the park.

Any recommendations that don't break the bank ($10-$15 a child... but the upper end definetly expecting money's worth). I don't want to go tooo ethnic, as then child needs to buy another meal at some point. Previous trip we played it safe, ate at GC... so kinda hoping to not do that.

Looked into Alice's Tea Cup II (cause the Wee Tee was sounding like a decent deal for the children, and offering enough to keep the adults happy)- but they're booked for an event.

So... not expensive... children & adults... kinda quick-ish... within perhap 10 min walk of Central Park Zoo.

Thanks for any help!

Alice's Tea Cup
220 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

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  1. Whole Foods at Columbus Circle might work for you.
    Sushi, pizza, great salad bars, hot food, even a dessert bar

    Whole Foods
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

    1. Check out the Express Cafe at the Loeb Boathouse. Outdoor picnic table seating, self service, ought to fit the bill. BTW, where did you eat at GCT? The downstairs foodcourt should have something for everyone and the connection to your train is alot easier. Anyway, good luck.

      1. how do you plan to get from the zoo to Grand Central? assuming you'll take the subway, you'll need to be out of a restaurant by 4:45 latest in order to catch a 5:15 train. does that mean you'd like to be seated for dinner at 3:30?

        one idea that comes to mind is Melt Shop on 53rd and Lex. it's not a restaurant, but a walk up window with outdoor seating. could be kind of slow to get 25 people through the line, but no slower than a sit down restaurant with a full menu.

        Melt Shop
        601 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022