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ive done a bit of research and cant find a lunch place within walking distance of the Met that doesnt have bad reviews--- like a nice casual lunch, anything other than sushi is fine-- like to be done in an hour so nothing too heavy--price not an issue--thanks

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  1. Bobstripower: Le Pain at 84th and Madison has excellent soup, salads and sandwiches. It's casual and relatively inexpensive. You can certainly be in and out in an hour and have enough time for their wonderful coffee. There are small tables but it's busy at lunch, so if you're alone opt for a spot at the large family style table. This isn't gourmet cuisine, but it's fresh and well prepared food. Veggie options and specials every day. Desserts are excellent or if you don't have time, grab a package of cookies to go.

    1. Presuming you mean the Met Museum (not the Metropolitan Opera House), I highly recommend Cafe Boulud, on 76th, b/t 5th & Madison. It's one of our favorites, and we've had many wonderful lunches there (as well as dinners). Superb cuisine, polished service, and lovely ambiance.

      Cafe Boulud photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Another good option is Untitled at The Whitney Museum, on Madison, b/t 74th & 75th. We haven't eaten there yet, but our daughter and son-in-law have, and they've had only positive things to say about it.

      http://www.untitledatthewhitney.com

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

      Untitled
      945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

      1. Cafe Boulud or Cafe Sabarsky are your best bets.

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

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

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        1. re: melo7

          Sabarsky was closed for renovations when i looked in a couple weeks ago

          1. re: Simon

            It reopened on August 31st according to the website.

        2. While there's no dress code at Cafe Boulud, the restaurant isn't what I'd call "casual". Most of the diners tend to dress up and the wait staff are likewise well-dressed. The vibe very decidedly leans toward formal.

          Though, the service will be excellent regardless of how you dress. And of course, the food will be exceptional.

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

          1. Cafe Sabarsky

            (you can't do Cafe Boulud in an hour)

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

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