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Lunch -- Rockefeller center - Bloomingdales

ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 12:23 PM

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. jpr54_1 RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 12:39 PM

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

    Alices Teacup has several locations

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      thegforceny RE: jpr54_1 Jun 21, 2013 12:40 PM

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

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        JoanN RE: jpr54_1 Jun 21, 2013 12:42 PM

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

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          iluvcookies RE: JoanN Jun 21, 2013 12:49 PM

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

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            jpr54_1 RE: iluvcookies Jun 21, 2013 01:30 PM

            mea culpa

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        kathryn RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 01:09 PM

        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.

        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.

        If you're willing to overshoot Bloomingdale's and then backtrack, Land of Plenty is nearby.

        1. Monica RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 01:27 PM

          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

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            MrGrumpy RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 01:38 PM

            Try the bar menu at Ma Peche.

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              Elisa515 RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 02:24 PM

              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.

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                Gloriaa RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 03:22 PM

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

                1. ipsedixit RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 06:59 PM

                  MoMA Cafe

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                    kathryn RE: ipsedixit Jun 21, 2013 07:39 PM

                    You mean MoMA's Cafe 2? Museum admission is required for entry.

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                      ipsedixit RE: kathryn Jun 21, 2013 07:59 PM

                      You're right. Forgot about that.

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                    City Kid RE: ConsApi Jun 21, 2013 10:40 PM

                    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.

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                      pammi RE: ConsApi Jun 22, 2013 02:35 AM

                      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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                        gfr1111 RE: pammi Jun 22, 2013 04:13 AM

                        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?

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                          JoanN RE: gfr1111 Jun 22, 2013 04:26 AM

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

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                            ttoommyy RE: JoanN Jun 22, 2013 06:18 PM


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                              gfr1111 RE: JoanN Jun 23, 2013 04:51 AM

                              JoanN , thanks. My mistake.

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                              thegforceny RE: gfr1111 Jun 22, 2013 05:36 AM

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

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