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Suggestions for group of 8 this Monday affordable, high end-ish Lunch?

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The lunch is partly a family celebration. I want it to be special but also affordable. I tried Del Posto for their lunch pre-fixe, but for whatever reason they said the maximum size was 6. We did SHO last time, and Jean George the time before.

Any other ideas? Ideally, I'd want less than $35 for the food (not including tax/tip/drinks). Thanks.

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  1. Try Tocqueville.

    For something more unusual and also high end, try Junoon.

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    Tocqueville
    1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. I think there's something special about Metrazur on the balcony in Grand Central. That space is just larger-than-life. It fits your price range: They have their Lunch 27 -- $27 for an appetizer and entree, or entree and dessert, or other variations.

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      Metrazur
      Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

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      1. re: Elizabeth E.

        We've never been to Metrazur, and I've never read any raves about the food though I do agree that the Grand Central Terminal setting is spectacular. Note that Metrazur will close permanently after dinner service on July 1st.

        peter j's Tocqueville suggestion is the one I immediately thought of. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $29 is a steal for cuisine of such superb caliber. Service is pleasant and professional, and the elegant dining room is one of the most beautiful in the city.

        Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        Another excellent possibility is Cafe Boulud. They offer two prix-fixe lunch options: 2 courses for $32 or 3 for $38. Delicious food, polished service, and lovely ambiance.

        http://www.danielnyc.com/cafebouludNY...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

      2. Adding Telepan and Ciano to the list...

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        Telepan
        72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

        Ciano
        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        1. Gotham Bar & Grill does a $25 prixe fix greenmarket lunch.

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          Gotham Bar and Grill
          12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

          1. Thanks for some of the suggestions. I was thinking Tocqueville, with the main concern that the pre fixe menu seemed a little limited.

            I'll check the Monday res situation. But please more recs, if any.