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Need lunch help --somewhere close to Broadway and 53rd Street

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Hi guys,
We are meeting family this weekend in NYC this weekend -- we have Sat night dinner planned and Sunday brunch --but need a spot to meet for Saturday brunch/lunch. We are taking the little one to Cinderella at 2pm --so could meet with the others around noon, but would like it to be somewhere close to the theatre (1681 Broadway, at 53rd St) Sat night dinner is Italian so not interested in Italian and the grandparents in the group probably aren't up for Asian or anything too ethnic.

I'm thinking just a good place with soups, salads, sandwiches, maybe a brunch option too but not essential. I have done a bit of research and will do a bit more but thought I'd reach out here. We've got 7 people, (6 adults and a 6 yr old) and would definitely need to be able to make a reservation.

Any ideas?

Also, we will get in around 7:00 Friday night and would love a dinner rec in Times Sq. This will just be for 3 of us (staying at the Westin) and I can totally wing it but if there's somewhere nearby that would be good for a fairly informal bite, I'd love to hear about it.

I know I am leaving parameters wide open, so thanks in advance for any suggestions you have.

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    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

      It's funny. Years ago I had a good lunch at a place called The Right Bank. Red and white checkered tablecloths, cozy, and a delicious french onion soup served w crusty bread. I thought that place might FIT the bill (but alas, it closed in 2000!) so perhaps this comes close. My only concern is the food is a bit heartier/heavier than everyone may want, so if you have any lighter ideas, let me know. Otherwise this is a good start! Thanks.

      1. re: twentyoystahs

        How about the Bar Room at The Modern? The menu is lighter than Benoit.
        http://www.themodernnyc.com/

        Near the Westin:

        DB Bistro Moderne
        Esca
        Lambs Club
        Marseille
        Dafni
        Ollie's

    2. I once stayed at the Crowne Park Plaza hotel and in an emergency got room service from their dining room kitchen and was surprised at how fresh the food was. The hotel dining space (which doubles in the morning as their breakfast room) has a terrific second floor view over Times Square -- just enough to enjoy the neon fueled chaos without actually being in it.

      Here is their lunch menu of sandwiches and salads. They start serving lunch at 11.30am

      http://www.cpmanhattantimessquare.com...

      and here is their kids menu

      http://www.cpmanhattantimessquare.com...

      The space is called Brasserie 1605. Here's a picture (and despite Time Out's description, it is standard American fare).

      http://www.timeout.com/newyork/restau...

      I don't know if you'd think Le Bonne Soupe is light enough overall but the definitely have plenty of french soups and salads (crepes and omelettes too). You can take a look at the menu

      http://labonnesoupe.com

      I assume by "the 3 of us (staying at the Westin)" that includes your 6 year old. If she's not an adventurous eater she might enjoy Joe Allen or Angus Cafe Bistro

      http://www.joeallenrestaurant.com/NY_...

      http://www.anguscafebistro.com/menu.html

      If she already likes more exotic food, then Marseilles is also very convenient (and not too exotic) and West Bank Cafe has a fairly eclectic menu after 8pm

      http://www.marseillenyc.com/menu.aspx...

      http://www.westbankcafe.com/menus/l8n...

      For a Friday night you will need to reserve at all of these places even though the pre-theater crowds will have already raced out the door.

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      1. re: barberinibee

        Thanks. Some great recs. La Bonne Soup seemed perfect for lunch but they didn't have availability for 7. I actually stumbled upon Marseille before reading your suggestion, so I am feeling better about the rez i just made.

        Now I'll see what works for Fri night -- maybe tutto ramen? (tho' i am guessing that'll be slammed) or Don Antonio for pizza? My kid likes pizza and noodles and burgers so I wouldn't say she's adventurous but we can almost always find something for her to eat.