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Where to go for team lunch in NYC?

DeisCane Aug 2, 2013 01:50 PM

So as many of you know, I am relocating to London soon. My team is taking me out to lunch and while there is certainly a budget, it's higher than the typical $15/pp lunch. So I was thinking that maybe a kosher place might fit the bill--usually, I just eat milchig out.

The problem is that my office is in Union Square and I don't think there's anywhere close enough that's worth going. Am I forgetting something? If we could go in a 25 block/3 avenue radius, is there a place that's appropriate? I think Le Marais may be the best option though it's a bit further afield. How is it at lunch? As crazy loud as at dinner in the summer? Is there anything closer? TIA!

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    zsero Aug 2, 2013 02:52 PM

    Shalom Bombay?

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      avitrek Aug 2, 2013 03:20 PM

      I've never been, but I've heard good things about Caravan of Dreams. Anything further than that and you're getting on the subway/cab anyway at which point you might as well go to Le Marais.

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      1. re: avitrek
        noya Aug 3, 2013 11:10 AM

        Caravan of Dreams is tasty and fun--but it has a very east village vibe. Darkish, lowish ceilings. Might not be the best for a business lunch.

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          queenscook Aug 3, 2013 07:29 PM

          I believe you misread/misunderstood DeisCane's situation. She is moving and her office is taking her out to celebrate/say goodbye. It is not a business lunch, as I understand it.

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            cheesecake17 Aug 3, 2013 08:50 PM

            Not a business lunch, but still with coworkers

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              DeisCane Aug 4, 2013 04:24 AM

              I believe you misread me--I am not a she. :-)

              It should be nicer than Caravan, I think. And if I'm going vegan, I would do Zen Palate, which is closer and much nicer.

              Anyhow, this discussion seems to confirm that there's nothing close enough. :-(

              1. re: DeisCane
                shoelace Aug 4, 2013 07:06 AM

                lol- im sitting hear after reading the thread thinking WAIT A SEC I could have sworn she was a he

                thank you, i feel better now

              2. re: cheesecake17
                noya Aug 4, 2013 06:21 AM

                you read my mind cheesecake :-)

        2. gotcholent Aug 4, 2013 05:11 AM

          You've got some great kosher options in Murry Hill (Curry Hill) on lexington and the upper 20's with a handful of Indian joints to choose from. Maybe not the last meal you are looking for but certainly good eats!

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            DeisCane Aug 4, 2013 05:21 AM

            Yes, that's true, got. I suppose that's our best bet for a walkable option.

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              AdinaA Aug 4, 2013 05:44 AM

              Plus, curry is the national food of England, so it's good prep for your curry shop lunch future.

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            PotatoPuff Aug 6, 2013 05:55 PM

            Is Colbeh too far/expensive?

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              DeisCane Aug 7, 2013 07:51 AM

              Too far. Not too expensive. We are just going with Mesa Grill and the many fish options for me! Thanks anyhow.

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