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Feb 6, 2013 11:25 AM

Lunch near 45th and 5th?

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. 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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    1. re: Spiritchaser

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

      1. 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.

        I find this helpful for narrowing down choices.

        1. del frisco's grill
          bills burgers
          brasserie ruhlman

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

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            1. re: Will4Food

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