Late Afternoon Lunch - Last Minute
Chowhound! I just heard from my parents who will come to the city to visit me on an 8 hour layover Saturday. They would like to meet up for late lunch at 3:30 and I want to know your thoughts on somewhere to book. I was thinking Lupa, but any other 'New York' type restaurants, preferably with a good relaxed late afternoon lunch/brunch would be appreciated. Anything Midtown or Downtown is fine!
Open and serving continuously throughout the day:
Casa Mono - same menu all day
Lupa - as you mentioned, same menu all day
Otto - same menu all day
Balthazar - serves brunch until 4pm, make a reservation if you could
Bar Room at the Modern
Spotted Pig and Maialino also serve a "bar menu" between lunch and dinner.
Looking over openings on Opentable for around 3:30 I see a few decent options:
Minetta Tavern (2:30)
Russian Tea Room (overpriced, but very "New York" for sure)
David Burke Kitchen
The Dutch (2:30)
Grand Central Oyster Bar (again, very "New York")
Il Buco Alimentari (2:45)
Kutsher's Tribeca (2:45)
Modern Bar Room (2:30)
Aamanns-Copenhagen (not on OT, have their own rez system on their website)
...of the above, Minetta or The Dutch (if you can do 2:30) could be a lot of fun. Pastis might be a bit crazy, not exactly the most "relaxed" atmosphere. Nougatine is lovely. Lupa is always great. Aamanns is a lovely, bright, relaxed room, with an interesting concept and menu. For uber--NYC places, GCOB and RTR are the obvious choices.
i love Bar Pitti...the OP should realize that they don't take reservations and it's cash only, but otherwise, a splendid place to while away a late afternoon in NYC...
Gramercy Tavern in the no-res front room might also be lovely...
in my personal opinion all the Batali establishments (Casa Mono, Lupa, etc) should be avoided, as the front of house are often staffed by nasty swine and the food often/usually served w/ a shovel full of salt cooked in...