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Lunch near 45th and 5th?

davina Feb 6, 2013 11:25 AM

In town for work, and I need to take someone out to lunch on Friday, near our office on 45th St. between 5th and 6th.

I'm not at all familiar with the area, and haven't had much luck finding anything great. All I see is low-end delis and a few hotel restaurants. What am I missing?

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  1. Spiritchaser RE: davina Feb 6, 2013 11:32 AM

    Can you give us some additional info? Cost? How far can you go? How long do you have? What are your/their likes?

    Before I know more I could suggest db Bistro Moderne or Aureole but they may be nothing like what you are looking for.

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      davina RE: Spiritchaser Feb 6, 2013 11:47 AM

      Good questions, sorry I wasn't more specific.

      I'm looking for a casual place, about $20 per person. If I were in San Francisco, I would take someone to the Ferry Building. (That's my frame of reference, not sure whether it's of help!)

      DB Bistro Moderne and Aureole look a little too formal. I'd guess about 10 blocks' radius? I don't know her food interests. And I think she's bringing a baby along.

      Is Piccolo Cafe any good? I walked by it, seems perhaps a little TOO casual but I liked the vibe.

    2. ellenost RE: davina Feb 6, 2013 12:07 PM

      You should try Ai Fiori (Fifth Ave. & 37(?) St. in the Setai Hotel.

      1. iluvcookies RE: davina Feb 6, 2013 12:21 PM

        Menu Pages is a good place to peruse... and you can match up places that seem interesting to you with posts here on the Manhattan Board.

        This is a link filtered for the West 40s and for Lunch, and you can further filter by cuisine, cost etc.
        http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

        I find this helpful for narrowing down choices.

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          RebelWithaCause RE: davina Feb 7, 2013 08:51 AM

          del frisco's grill
          bills burgers
          brasserie ruhlman

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            Will4Food RE: davina Feb 7, 2013 09:17 AM

            Check out Vitae. An under-the-radar, but excellent spot. Sophisticated design and cuisine.

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              RebelWithaCause RE: Will4Food Feb 7, 2013 09:44 AM

              went there yesterday.
              not bad.
              that bread...oye.

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              City Kid RE: davina Feb 7, 2013 10:46 AM

              Higher end, but not too pricey, Kellari Taverna...lower end, but not tacky, Akdeniz.

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                Pan RE: davina Feb 9, 2013 05:37 AM

                Try Wondee Siam on 9th Av. between 52nd and 53rd. Get at least some of your dishes from the "secret Thai" menu card on the table and ask for everything very spicy, Thai style, and not sweet. Then ask for hot pepper flakes to add according to your taste.

                1. davina RE: davina Feb 11, 2013 03:11 PM

                  Thanks all for the recommendations! In the end, the weather had other plans for us on Friday... but I'll use these ideas in the future when I'm back in town.

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