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Fun and festive lunch?

hungrycomposer Sep 9, 2013 11:12 PM

I'm having a tough time deciding where to eat lunch for my birthday. Casa Mono? Jean Georges? Babbo? Downtown is best. Interesting good food is most important. Not too pricey - after drinks and coffee the prix fixe at Jean Georges is about as much as we'd like to spend. For some reason I'm drawing a blank. I've already been to all of the above, and wouldn't mind trying some place new.

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    hungrycomposer RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    Maybe Bouley lunch?

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      Spiritchaser RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 04:20 AM

      Absolutely love Bouley for lunch and the lunch tasting for $55 is, IMO, a really good deal. If you would like something a little more "fun" maybe you want to look at ABC Cocina or ABC Kitchen.

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      alepenazzi RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 02:31 AM

      Del Posto?

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        ttoommyy RE: alepenazzi Sep 10, 2013 03:48 AM


      2. Monica RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 05:53 AM

        Jean George , Bouley and Babbo are not fun and festive imho.

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          Spiritchaser RE: Monica Sep 10, 2013 06:03 AM

          Well, I think any place can be "fun" but I don't think these places are particulary festive in the traditional sense but since the OP used them as examples maybe it's what they consider festive?

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            hungrycomposer RE: Spiritchaser Sep 10, 2013 09:52 AM

            Celebratory? More swanky than a delicious sandwich at the mighty quinn's? I don't necessarily need a party atmosphere - just exceptional food.

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              Spiritchaser RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 10:10 AM

              I think I knew what you meant from the get go and I think any of your 3 would be good for a celebration. JG being in TWC doesn't really fit the desire to be downtown so I'd again fall back to the Bouley suggestion.

        2. Ttrockwood RE: hungrycomposer Sep 10, 2013 02:39 PM

          IMO casa mono is the sleeper everyone over looks for the shiny new places. The casa mono razor clams a la plancha are reason enough to go.....

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