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Late Lunch Penn Station-MidTown to Chelsea?

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We are having a mini-reunion of 5 former Brooklynites. I'm coming up from DC to Penn Station, so a place mid-townish for an late lunch where we can linger for a couple of hours would be great. One of us has allergies and avoids mediterrian/mexican (haven't figured out the common food thread to that yet). I'm a foodie, but trend towards ethnic rather than upscale american. Suggestions appreciated.

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  1. Is this for a weekday or weekend (when many restaurants will be serving brunch)?

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    1. re: kathryn

      It is a Saturday. OK if it's brunch -- as long as we can start eating as late as 1:30 and linger.

      1. re: Marissa

        Presuming that French would be o.k. for your allergic friend (the country does border the Mediterranean), I would recommend Bar Breton, on 5th Av., b/t 28th & 29th. Though it has been quite a while since we were last there, Chef Renaud's food is always delicious. Service is friendly, and the ambiance is very pleasant. You can definitely relax and linger. Saturday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Bar Breton photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        La Quenelle
        254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks, that sounds like a good spot.

    2. Uncle Nicks on 8th Avenue a few blocks south of Penn Station

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      Uncle Nick's
      382 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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      1. re: serious

        Have you been there recently? We went once just after it opened, which goes back several years, The food, though not great, was o.k. Since then, I've read reports that things have gone downhill.

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        1. re: RGR

          No, I confess I've never been to Uncle Nicks at this location. I had just had a terrible meal someplace else around there and noticed this location.

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          Uncle Nick's
          747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      2. Half King on 23rd and 10th ave is a really relaxed place that I'm sure you could linger for quite a while, especially in the afternoon. It's just a 10 min walk from Penn.

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        The Half King
        505 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011