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May 24, 2011 04:38 PM

Best Lunch in East 30s or 40s

I'm meeting a friend for lunch near Park and 40th, and I'm looking for recommendations. My friend is mostly a vegetarian; I'm an omnivore. We are open to any cuisine nearby--Korean, Indian, French bistro, Iranian...doesn't matter to us. I'm not interested in a fancy atmosphere but don't mind paying a little more for a wonderful meal. Thanks.

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  1. How about Ai Fiori on 37th and Fifth?

    Ai Fiori
    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: peter j

      Ai Fiori's food is excellent. It is a fancy place, though.

      Ai Fiori photos:

      Tulsi, on 46th, just east of 3rd, serves superb Indian cuisine. Vegetarian-friendly dishes on the menu. For omnivores, Hemant's Tandoor-Grilled Lamb Chops are not-to-be-missed! The decor is far from dull.

      Tulsi photos:

      Le Parisien, on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd, is a tiny, charming French bistro with very tasty food.

      Le Parisien photos:

      211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

      Le Parisien
      163 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

    2. HanGawi (32nd between Madison and Fifth) has a very imaginative vegetarian Korenan menu in a stunning, peaceful space. I'm not a vegetarian, but this has become one of my favorites.

      Another option I talk up for lunch is the dining room (not the cafe) at the Morgan Library & Museum. That's on Madison at 37th.

      12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

      Morgan Dining Room
      225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. I used to work on 40th Park and our go to for a good but not fancy lunch was the Indian buffet at Nirvana around the corner on Lex between 39th and 40th. A notch or two higher than your average Indian buffet and a nice ambiance.

        346 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10001

        1. Artisinal on 32nd and park is one of my absolute favorites! It has a huge selection of cheese, foundue, as well as traditional french staples like Steak Frites. Their grilled cheese options are allo amazing, whether you eat meat or not! plus, the prices at lunch are much more reasonable than dinner. They even have a soup, salad and sandwich option or a $25 prix fixe!

          Manhattan Fine Dining Examiner,

          2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016