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brisman Jun 6, 2011 09:01 AM

I need a rec for the Cooper Hewitt area for a friend's B'day Lunch. Any ideas? I know sarabeth's there but hoping for better.

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    kathryn Jun 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Is this for a weekday or the weekend?

    How many people will be in your party? When is this birthday lunch? Are you looking for a proper lunch or are you OK with brunch?

    Are you looking for more casual or upscale?

    Any particular cuisines?

    How much do you expect to spend, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

    Since the Cooper Hewitt isn't quite as popular a museum as some of the others nearby, it might be more helpful to do a search on the Met or Guggenheim.

    Some ideas here?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757552

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      DJCard Jun 6, 2011 10:50 AM

      There are several good ones nearby - SquareMeal and Table d Hote are good at 92nd & Madison. Paolo's and Vichio (sp?) are in the same area for moderately expensive Italian. Pascalou's is good between 92nd and 93rd. Island is in the same vicinity. It you want inexpensive but huge burgers, then Jackson Hole is at 91st & Madison.

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      Paola's
      1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

      Square Meal
      30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

      Pascalou
      1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Island
      1305 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Vico
      1302 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Table d'Hote
      44 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

      Jackson Hole
      1270 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

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      1. re: DJCard
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        brisman Jun 6, 2011 01:37 PM

        Great recommends, thanks for the quick replies. I'm sure one of them will be perfect.

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        City Kid Jun 6, 2011 10:53 AM

        On the same block as Sarabeth's -- both sides of Madison, 92-93 Sts. -- are several places I like much more: Le Paris, Pascalou, and Paola's...many people also love Square Meal, though I have not been. All quite reasonable with the first two a bit less and the second two a bit more....Edits: crossed somewhat with DJCard - Never been to Vico but it is reputed to be a rip-ff (and cash only). Haven't been to Island in years but never thought it very good.

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        Paola's
        1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

        Square Meal
        30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

        Pascalou
        1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

        Le Paris
        1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

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        1. re: City Kid
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          DJCard Jun 6, 2011 11:31 AM

          We hear the same thing about Vico. We agree on that one. UP by Hanratty's, people seem to be talking about Otto?

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          Vico
          1302 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: DJCard
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            City Kid Jun 7, 2011 07:02 AM

            No more Hanratty's, now it's Neka, OK but not great sort of nondescript, chicken, pasta, steak, etc...Otto is all right but you sit cheek-to-jowl with other diners in a tiny space...It's my exact neighborhood, too, and I do think there are now several good choices, especially the "restaurant row" on Madison between 92-93 Sts. Paola's may be the best high-end, but I also find Le Paris very charming with very good food.

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            Paola's
            1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Le Paris
            1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

            Neka Kitchen & Bar
            1410 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029

          2. re: City Kid
            MMRuth Jul 3, 2011 07:22 AM

            Haven't been to Vico in ages, as I much prefer Paola's, but I believe Vico does now take credit cards. Went to Island for the first time in years a couple of weeks ago, and it confirmed my opinion that it's not particularly good.

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            Paola's
            1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Island
            1305 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

            Vico
            1302 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

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            Nancy S. Jun 6, 2011 11:21 AM

            This is my exact neighborhood, and I wouldn't recommend any place within a few block radius. Instead, I would go 15 blocks south to Cafe Boulud.

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            Cafe Boulud
            20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

            1. Windy Jun 6, 2011 03:43 PM

              I haven't been yet, but am planning on going to Cafe Sabarsky inside the Neue Gallerie for Austrian food, wine, and especially pastries when I'm in town at the end of the month.

              It came highly recommended, and the setting looks beautiful for a celebration. It's at 86th and Fifth.
              http://www.cafesabarsky.com/

              Hard to compete with Cafe Boulud though.

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              Cafe Sabarsky
              1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                lemons Jun 6, 2011 03:44 PM

                Strong second for Cafe Sabarsky; we never miss a visit there when we're museum-going.

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                Cafe Sabarsky
                1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                  mahler5 Jun 6, 2011 07:02 PM

                  Strong third for Sabarsky, though they do not take reservations (there's often quite a line) and it's 6 blocks away.

                  1. re: mahler5
                    Windy Jun 6, 2011 07:18 PM

                    Can you put your name on the list and then wander around the museum? And which desserts do you recommend?

                    Otherwise it looks like I could eat at Cafe Fliedermaus in the basement with the same menu.

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                      lemons Jun 7, 2011 06:44 AM

                      Fliedermaus isn't as handsome, certainly, but please don't ask us to choose among those desserts. The only possible answer is one of each. We found the trick at Sabarsky was to go at an off hour, either early or late.

                      1. re: lemons
                        Windy Jun 7, 2011 08:58 AM

                        Thanks!

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