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Sunday afternoon at Mercer and Houston?

I have a gig tomorrow afternoon at The Joyce Soho and I'm looking for a place to eat afterward. Not too expensive, and able to accommodate a few people if necessary. It could likely be in that awkward period between lunch and dinner (3:30-4). I generally don't like brunch menus, unless it's something special. I'm guessing we'll have the city to ourselves on 9/11, but who knows? To complicate matters, it's my birthday, which will be properly celebrated a day later on 9/12, but it would still be nice to get decent eats.

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  1. Lupa and Balthazar are open all afternoon. Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street opens at 4 pm. Happy Birthday!

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Balthazar
    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      1. Thanks, H. Balthazar looks like it is closed between brunch and dinner. Funny you should suggest Lupa, we were originally going to go to a prix fixe dinner at Prune but unfortunately many of the dishes on the menu were the few foods that I'm allergic to. The reservationist at Prune also recommended Lupa. But I ate there quite recently. I may head home and have an early dinner at the Ssam bar. And no, coasts, I'm not Lou, I'm Annie.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: hungrycomposer

          Oops, you're right about Balthazar. I like the Dutch though I'm not sure if the kitchen is open between 3:00 and 5:30 pm.

          1. re: hungrycomposer

            I hope this isn't inappropriate to post, but I'm a pretty big fan of your work, have all your records (that I know about), seen a couple of your ballets, blah blah blah.

            Happy Birthday.

            1. re: Sneakeater

              Thanks so much! Ballets? Annie Gosfield here, just to make sure you have the right person in mind (I have written music for ballet companies but it's not my bread and butter, or bread and lardo in this case).

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                Yeah, you.

                One dance piece for Karole Armitage and another (I think) for Susan Marshall (if I remember right) (OK, Susan's not "ballet").

                It's funny who you run into on foodboards.

                1. re: Sneakeater

                  Yes, that's me! I didn't even get to see the Susan Marshall piece (I was working in CA). Did you see it? Thanks for the comments and nice to meet you here.

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    This board probably isn't the place to go into my opinions of Susan Marshall's work, but I liked the music.

                    Susan gets good stuff from composers. Until "The Little Match Girl Passion", my favorite David Lang piece was a dance score he wrote for her.

          2. Any thoughts about The Dutch or Buvette? We're eating lunch at Del Posto on Monday, so it would be nice to have something casual and not Italian.

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            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            Buvette
            42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

            1. We went to The Dutch. Good fried chicken and their version of okonomiyaki. The best part of the meal was the caesar, kind of a bloody mary with an oyster and acquavit. And the salty lime pie with coconut ice cream was delicious. I confess that after 19 years in NYC it was my first Sunday brunch in SoHo. Do I lose my East Village cred now?

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              The Dutch
              131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012