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Foodies! Looking for lunch place near the Met

We are going down to NYC for a work retreat on Monday (from Boston). Getting a tour of the Met (McQueen exhibition) and having a late lunch. There are 10 of us. Any good ideas for lunch around there or nearby? Something yummy!

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      We saw the exhibit yesterday and then walked over to Luke's Lobster. Delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about the claw meat right on top. My husband has the Taste of Maine {that's the name right?} and puts the crab ahead of the lobster, but the lobster ahead of the shrimp...but it was all great!

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      Luke's Lobster
      242 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

      1. re: KateMW

        Luke's UES isn't that big. I don't know what the weekday lunch crowd is like, but I'm struggling to see how you could fit 10 people in there. At a minimum, you'll have to split up between the booth-esque area and the long table.

        1. re: kathryn

          Yep, just noticed the 10 ppl. Oops!

    2. How late is "late"? Any cuisine preferences? Avoids? Per person budget for food only?

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      1. re: RGR

        Between 2-3pm. I have 2 people that don't like to venture off the beaten path and 1 gluten-free eater. Per person budget $18-22 food only.

      2. Cafe Sarbarsky

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

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        1. re: daffyduck

          Good suggestion re: Cafe Sarbarsky. I went there for breakfast/brunch this morning prior to seeing the McQueen exhibit at the Met as well.
          Excellent, as always. I'd call ahead though and see if they can accommodate.

          Square Meal is great, but they are notorious for not accommodating food sensitivities.

          Cafe Boulud is a great choice.

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

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

          1. re: lkeyes

            I looked in to all of those but either they are not open for lunch on Mondays, need a membership to make a res or do not take res for a party that large.

            1. re: tsugumi

              Do you like Thai food? I know a few of these might be a stretch for the non-adventurous, but Land Thai is great. Great interior and awesome food. (81st and 2nd)

              or Beyoglu for turkish (81 and 3rd)

              Ithika for Greek (86th btw 1st and 2nd)

              Tokubei 86 (next to Ithika) great japanese and sushi

              Spigolo has good Italian if you want a crowd-pleaser. (81st and 2nd)

              and follow up question...are you going to cab from the met or walk?
              If you're going to cab, it's just as easy to cab across to the west side and a whole new pandora's box of eating opens up!

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              Beyoglu
              200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

              Spigolo
              1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              Ithaka
              308 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

              Land Northeast Thai
              1565 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              Tokubei 86
              314 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: lkeyes

                Spigolo does not serve lunch. And even if they did, considering how small it is, there's no way they could accommodate a group of 10 people.

                www.spigolonyc.com

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        2. Serafina's on Madison near 79th would fit the bill. Their food is dependable and very good, and they accept reservations for parties of 6 or more.

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          Serafina
          1022 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10075