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Need recommendation for lunch near Madison Square Garden

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joisey al Dec 20, 2013 10:42 AM

Hi CH's, Need a resto. recommendation for lunch tomorrow near/around Madison Square Garden.

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    Blumie RE: joisey al Dec 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    Without any additional info to go on in terms of what you're looking for, I'd vote for the Tap Room at Keens.

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      kathryn RE: joisey al Dec 20, 2013 12:45 PM

      Number of people? What time?

      Cuisine? Is Koreatown OK?

      Budget, per person, exclusive of tax, tip, wine/drinks?

      Near-ish Macy's/Herald Square/MSG:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797#6192796
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/06/where-to-eat-near-penn-station.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896842

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        peter j RE: joisey al Dec 20, 2013 12:49 PM

        The Breslin

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          HillJ RE: joisey al Dec 20, 2013 01:36 PM

          Macy's 6th floor Stella 34
          http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

          and be sure to reward yourself with the gelato.

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            ipsedixit RE: HillJ Dec 21, 2013 11:25 AM

            Love Vivoli Il Gelato, but after repeated attempts have really soured on Stella 34. Been now about 5 times, each time has been incrementally worse than the previous. Too bad, because it's a beautiful space. A real travesty. Vivoli Il, however, is a real treat.

            I would do what foodwisperer suggested below, grab something good in adjacent K-town, then head up stairs in Macy's and finish the meal off with *several* scoops of gelato.

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              HillJ RE: ipsedixit Dec 21, 2013 11:43 AM

              No kidding, ips. I was there about a month ago (probably a dozen times in total including a very large group around Oct) and the cauliflower & lemon pizza coupled with the grilled octopus salad made me very happy.

              The pistachio gelato is really good.

              My son often goes for a nibble while working and last time wound up sitting next to a gentleman who introduced himself as the designer of Stella 34.

              As a family, we've never been disappointed by anything more than a (slight) wait.

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                ipsedixit RE: HillJ Dec 21, 2013 04:06 PM

                My son often goes for a nibble while working and last time wound up sitting next to a gentleman who introduced himself as the designer of Stella 34.
                ______________

                Jay Valgora? A very nice gentlemen. There are those who will bad-mouth him in the architecture world, but success often begets jealousy.

                Cheers, and happy holidays.

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                  HillJ RE: ipsedixit Dec 21, 2013 04:46 PM

                  Thanks ips, you and yours as well.

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            foodwhisperer RE: joisey al Dec 21, 2013 05:46 AM

            walk a couple of blocks to Ktown ( 32nd street) and pick a place that looks good.

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