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Interesting but not challenging restaurant for lunch, $36.50 app (maybe) and main

yebo Feb 10, 2012 05:29 PM

Situation: The rep of a charity to which I've made a big donation is taking me to lunch as thanks. I'd like to go some place interesting. But - I know from a previous meal with him that he's a pretty conservative eater, which wasn't 100% enjoyable for me. (I picked a place in Chinatown CH raved about and I'd never been to, I loved, but clearly it was totally strange to him, not in a good way, that dishes didn't have vegetables mixed in.)

I only feel right that the meal total $40/pp. I figure $40-3.50 tax= $36.50; I'm sure no alcohol and probably no dessert,.


  1. sgordon Feb 11, 2012 09:35 AM

    $40 before tax is around $36.50 yes. But I'm assuming you plan on tipping as well, which would bring down the menu price to $31 and change.

    All the above suggestions still work. I'll add Del Posto to the mix as well - their $29 lunch deal is a steal, for three courses (plus amuses, etc) - it'll make your dining companion feel like they're getting you something special and fancy, but for a not-fancy price. And if they're willing to splurge an extra $10/pp, you can make it a "full Italian" four-course meal.

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

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    1. re: sgordon
      yebo Feb 13, 2012 11:52 AM

      Thank you for the suggestions -- and sgordon for the tipping correction; I think the person taking me out is a 15% tipper.d

      1. re: yebo
        sgordon Feb 13, 2012 12:09 PM

        If they're a 15%-er, you should drop a few bucks extra down when they're not looking...

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      foodwhisperer Feb 10, 2012 10:21 PM

      How about The Standard, which has good food of the "normal kind" in the Meat Market area, or a safe bet is Balthazar or Pastis. For seafood, Aqua Grill, fits the budget and has excellent fish and sandwiches for lunch

      9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Standard Grill
      848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

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        kathryn Feb 10, 2012 06:47 PM

        I assume this is for a weekday lunch? What about the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern?

        Or Tocqueville's prix fixe ($24.07) or a la carte options?

        ABC Kitchen also has a $28 prix fixe lunch.

        Ciano's is $20.12.

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

        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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