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Dec 26, 2011 01:47 PM

Mind-Blowing Lunch - With No Kids!

My husband and I are both off tomorrow. Our 2-year-old will be in daycare. We're headed to Texas the next day. We're both foodies and we want to make the most of this very rare occasion with a truly exceptional lunch. We're up for anything from a dive bar with a great burger to s five star restauranyt. Price doesn't matter. We don't get out much. Any cuisine is fair game too, except for Mexican or BBQ, since we're headed for Texas. Just make it something we won't forget. Thanks!

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  1. Eleven Madison Park serves the normal prix fixe menu in the bar area for lunch IIRC (but not dinner). There are a handful of tables in addition to the bar seats.

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    1 Reply
    1. re: kathryn

      i had lunch there yesterday at 1:15 and there were several tables available.

    2. Bouley, Bouley, Bouley

      163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      4 Replies
        1. re: ellenost

          i hope they'll update their website with menus. the lunch menu hadn't changed for some time and, while they offered a nice selection, i wouldn't want to repeat it for a third or fourth time. no way to know what they're serving now.

          1. re: coasts

            Restaurants not keeping their on-line menus up-to-date is one of my major peeves. Shame on Bouley! There's no excuse for a restaurant of its caliber being derelict in that regard.


            1. re: RGR

              The two times I ate at Bouley, the menu online was pretty much the menu we were offered for lunch, with the exception of the refresher course flavor (I think it was the sorbet), so it may not have actually changed.

              But I agree with the rec, Bouley is my favorite prix-fixe lunch so far (though it jumped in price, making it out of reach :( ).

      1. Tocqueville. One of our favorites. We did a tasting menu at lunch in October. Stellar!

        Tocqueville photos:

        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        1. -- sushi at 15 East
          -- cheese cart at Picholine
          -- relaxed meal in the Tavern part of Gramercy Tavern
          -- inaka soba w/ anago tempura at Soba Koh in the East Village
          -- hop on the subway and go to Ayada in Elmhurt Queens (best meal i've had all month)...

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

          Gramercy Tavern
          42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

          309 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

          35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

          1 Reply
          1. re: Simon

            While the food in the Tavern Room is good, imo, it doesn't come anywhere close to being a mind-blower.


          2. Del Posto has one of the better lunch deals now. no tables available online at the moment, but you could call.

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