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Lunch -- I'm the Birthday Guest

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I'm seeing Old Jews Telling Jokes with a friend Sunday, April 7. I've been asked to think of a restaurant for lunch after for my birthday. The theater is on 43 St. bet. 9 and 10.

Would love suggestions for someplace good, fun, a little special that I can propose without seeming greedy.
Thanks for all ideas.

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  1. AFTER? That wouldn't be lunch. Looks like that show ends around 4:30. So you might be between services. You'd have to have an early dinner and make sure the restaurant is serving then. Or kill some time with a drink before dinner service commences. For that, try Esca.

    Note: Esca opens 4:30 Sunday

    1. I think you mean lunch before the show, which is at 3pm?

      Or did you mean dinner after the show?

      What budget did you have in mind?

      Unfortunately, Esca, which is across the street, doesn't serve Sunday lunch. If you do mean lunch and not dinner.

      1. If you're open to an ethnic restaurant, not fancy or famous,
        just stroll up ninth avenue to 57th street, there is one restaurant after another, Italian, Greek, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, etc., even American. At 5:00, even if a restaurant is open, you would probably not need a reservation.

        1. Thanks to all for catching my error -- yes, I definitely meant lunch before the show, not after.
          It's hard for me to pick a budget in the circumstances -- I guess maybe around $30? It may be that more is okay.
          i would love to know a couple of options at different price points that I could make available and let my friend choose.
          Since we will be meeting for lunch, a reservation is probably the best idea.
          Thanks again.

          1. Marseille on 44th and 9th
            DB Bistro Moderne on 44th between 5th and 6th
            Kyotofu on 9th between 48th and 49th
            Toloache on 50th and 8th

            Happy Birthday!