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Lunch -- Rockefeller center - Bloomingdales

My daughter (a 20-something) and I are visiting Manhattan tomorrow to see a few sites and do some shopping. Around lunchtime we should be somewhere between Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdales our plan is to go up 5th Av., maybe walk through Central park a bit, and head over to Bloomingdales.
Would appreciate some suggestions for a nice, but inexpensive (<$15 each) place to eat lunch. Any type of cuisine is OK, just looking for something unique and tasty.

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  1. zabars on 81st and broadway-
    not sit down but great food.

    Alices Teacup has several locations

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      Zabar's is not near where the OP will be: East 50s.

      1. re: jpr54_1

        Huh? Not by any stretch could Zabar's be considered between Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdales.

        1. re: JoanN

          And it's a market with a tiny cafe attached, not a restaurant.

      2. That's a pretty high rent part of town, staying under $15 for a "nice" sit down restaurant will be tough ($11.64 before tax and tip). Especially as you go further north on 5th Ave towards Tiffany's, Bloomie's, etc.

        It sounds like you don't really want to stray too far from 5th Ave?

        If you are OK with takeout/counter service, you could do Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center. They have a lunch combo for $11.95.
        http://bouchonbakery.com/rockefeller-...

        There's also the Dean & Deluca Bakery, 'wichcraft, and Bill's burger, all within Rockefeller Center.

        If you are willing to spend a tiny bit more, Ma Peche has "lunch to go" Mondays through Saturdays. And given how nice out it'll be, I bet you could eat it in Central Park.
        http://momofuku.com/new-york/ma-peche...

        If you're willing to overshoot Bloomingdale's and then backtrack, Land of Plenty is nearby.
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/821568

        1. Chinese- Land of plenty
          Vietnamese/Thai- Obao
          Italian(pasta and risotto)- Radicchio
          Food court in Plaza hotel
          Gourmet deli to eat in-Treehaus
          Le pain quotidien
          there is also rockerfeller concourse with many food shops

          1. Try the bar menu at Ma Peche.

            1. Near Bloomingdale's is

              Cucina Vivolo
              222 East 58th Street
              New York, NY 10022
              (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)

              Small place with yummy food within your budget.

              My 20-something son, who goes to Hunter College, introduced me to Korean Express, 807 Lexington Ave around 62nd St. Sit down, waitress service, not fancy. Very reasonable and delicious.

              1. Whatever you do do not go to David Burke's restaurant. I had one of the most disgusting salads, commercial salad dressing, yuck!!!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    You mean MoMA's Cafe 2? Museum admission is required for entry.
                    http://www.momacafes.com/c2/c2.html

                  2. One block above Bloomies on Third Avenue is Cabana restaurant -- "nuevo Latino" and very good and reasonable food (lunch specials, too) and nice ambiance, especially for that neighborhood.

                    1. I agree with Cabana but would like to add Canaletto ,reasonably priced and delicious Italian on 60 th and 3/2 avenues and Bloomingdales itself, on the 7th floor. Lovely salads with add-on possibility of the best frozen yogurt I NY for $3 more

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                      1. re: pammi

                        Here's something I encounter from time to time on these boards: Pammi agrees with Cabana. So I go looking for Cabana's comment. There are only 15 replies on the entire board, plus a few "hidden" ones, which are indicated are specific to someone's comment. I look at them all. Nowhere on the board do I find Cabana's comment. What gives?

                        1. re: gfr1111

                          Cabana is the name of a restaurant, not a poster. See the post directly above pammi's. That's what she's referring to.

                            1. re: gfr1111

                              Where do you see a poster named Cabana on this thread? It's obvious she means the restaurant named CABANA that CityKid mentions.