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Jul 18, 2012 11:01 AM

Green Market Suggestions and Lunch Near To Union Square

I am travelling to New York from out of town to take my thirty year old nephew and his wife to lunch (they live on the UES). We plan to visit the green market at Union Square. I would appreciate any suggestions of stands to visit at the green market.

More importantly, I need some suggestions for restaurants within a very short walk of Union Square. I would like to pay about $40.00 per person for food only (wine/beer, tax and tip not included). We would prefer food from countries west of India or dim sum.

Thank you so much for any help you can offer.

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  1. Love the Green Market -- was just there minutes ago...

    Which stands are there depends on which day you's M, W, Fri, and Sat, w/ some stands there multiple days and others there one day a week...and, it depends on whether you'll be refrigerating things soon after buying (i.e. i buy a lot of fresh scallops there, but even w/ some free ice, you won't be buying those and then going to lunch)...

    Some of my favorites are the Finnish rye bread people (Fri and Sat), various cheesemongers esp the pecorino place and the tiny one staffed by two French girls the name of which i dn't know, the Two Guys From Woodbridge for sunflower greens and fresh basil...and the pheasant sausage/poultry place (Saturday only)...and the smoked trout guy (only Wednesday) and the various egg places...

    I'm not a fan of the various non-organic veggie/fruit places (i'm not eating pesticide-sprayed peaches even if they are local) nor the Bread Alone stand...

    For lunch very close by, i'm afraid, despite being a resident of Union Square, i don't have a single restaurant in my top 25 that is within 3 or 4 blocks...but i'm sure others will chime in...

    1. As Simon says below it really depends what day you plan to visit. There is an info booth with maps and they also will have a chalkboard highlighting best/most interesting products of the day. The market is smallest on Mondays and biggest on Saturdays.

      I'd recommend lunch at ABC Kitchen afterwards. Make a brunch reservation if it's for Saturday.

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      1. re: kathryn

        i like ABC Kitchen -- their chicken salad is especially yummy

      2. You could also try Gramercy Tavern for lunch. It's just 4 blocks north of the Greenmarket.

        1. Tocqueville, one of our favorite restaurants, is down the block from the market, on 15th St., b/t Union Sq. W. and 5th Av (closer to 5th). The menus reflect the fact that much of their produce comes from the market. Since it is Restaurant Week, their normally $29 3-course lunch prix-fixe is marked down to $24.07. They also offer a 3-course Market Menu for $39 at lunch. Service is always very attentive, and the dining room is one of the most beautiful in the city.

          Menus can be viewed here:

          Photos of our most recent lunch at Tocqueville:

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          1. re: RGR

            I totally agree with the Tocqueville recommendation. Lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill should definitely be considered too. Still a delicious option.

          2. We love Union Square Cafe, which is obviously very close by.


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            1. re: mangiare24

              We love USC as well. However, I didn't recommend it because I think it may be difficult to keep within Uncle Al's budget.


              1. re: RGR

                I think $40 per person for food only at lunch time at USC is doable.