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Lunch recommendation in Manhattan (West 52nd Street between 7th & 5th Ave)

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travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 07:24 AM

Hi I am looking forward a good place to eat lunch while I am in town.

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    H Manning RE: travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 08:17 AM

    Within a 5 block radius:

    Le Bernardin
    La Grenouille
    The Modern
    Toloache
    Benoit
    Ma Peche
    Katsuhama
    Don Antonio
    Szechuan Gourmet
    Benares

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      Jane A. RE: travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 08:19 AM

      Needing much more information in order to help you. Price point ?- remember tax and tip will come to about 25% over the food. Do you like a light lunch or a bigger/fancier place? Any preferences regarding food types/ethnicities? Can you go an extra block north/south or east/west?

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        travelinggirl RE: Jane A. Oct 25, 2012 09:11 AM

        I would like to spend > $30. Light lunch is good. I like American, Sushi, Mexican, Italian, and French. Yes, I am walking so any where (within real walking distance is good). I know NY'kers always say everything is in walking distance :)

        H Manning, you have excellent taste, my mouth is watering over Le Bernardin and La Grenouille, but I am on a small lunch per diem. However, Toloache looks reasonable.

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          Hey19 RE: travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 10:11 AM

          If you arent drinking, I think you should be able to do well on 30USD at Benoit. Milos has a lunch prix fixe that is maybe 25USD, that is great. I think Benoit has a lunch deal as well. There is Del'Arte de Pizza or something also on 55/6, good pizza and has the trendy deep fried pizza. There is a joes shanghai on 56, and its nowhere near as good as the one downtown, but if you havent been, maybe its worth a try. You should be able to get a good app and entree at Ma Peche if you want to try David Chang's food.

          I ramble, I guess my point is, you can do pretty well on 30USD if you arent drinking, and there are a number of good options in the 50s around 6th ave.

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            boredough RE: Hey19 Oct 25, 2012 10:23 AM

            do you mean PizzArte on West 55th?

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              Hey19 RE: boredough Oct 26, 2012 06:21 AM

              I do mean that.

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            H Manning RE: travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 10:28 AM

            In addition to Toloache, look into the bar menu at Ma Peche. The Plaza Food Hall might also be a good option.

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              LeahBaila RE: H Manning Oct 25, 2012 01:39 PM

              I would absolutely recommend the Plaza Food Hall - so many quick, fantastic options.

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                GaryUES RE: LeahBaila Oct 26, 2012 11:50 AM

                I agree with Plaza Food Hall; great quality to price ratio, as long as you don't expect table service. You make your selection at one of the counters, and then eat at one of the tables scattered around, but still a nice upscale ambiance. If it's a nice day, walk a block and 1/2 to Central Park.

        2. Cheeryvisage RE: travelinggirl Oct 25, 2012 01:47 PM

          Seasonal has a 3-course lunch prix fixe for $29.

          Hakkasan has a 3-course lunch prix fixe for $29 as well.

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            crsin RE: travelinggirl Oct 26, 2012 09:53 AM

            You didn't say you were interested in Asian other than sushi, but Totto Ramen (some of the best in the city) is a few blocks west on 52nd, and Danji is also on the same block. Famous Halal Guys cart on 53rd & 6th.

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              kathryn RE: crsin Oct 26, 2012 04:03 PM

              Note that Danji is excellent but only serves weekday lunch.

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                Ziggy41 RE: kathryn Oct 26, 2012 04:14 PM

                +1 Danji. Fantastic wings, sliders

                Love Don Antonio as well

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                  travelinggirl RE: Ziggy41 Oct 29, 2012 07:34 AM

                  Thank you everyone for your wonderful recommendations, due to Hurricane Sandy my trip has been postponed. I have been through many hurricanes myself, so please stay safe and stock up on food and drinks!

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