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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,.


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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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      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

      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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