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I will be going to a 2 PM Sunday performance at the Public Theater.
I've been asked to find a restaurant for an early birthday lunch before at which I am the guest.
I don't want to be over-the-top greedy, but other than that there are really no constraints.
We like everything.
Thanks for all ideas.

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  1. Lafayette
    The Library at the Public Theater
    Balthazar

    1. Second Lafayette
      I'd add Il Buco Alimentari
      Gato (if they'll be open for lunch)
      Ippudo (because I love it and even though it may not be birthday special, it's still awesome)
      A little more north:
      Casa Mono
      Maialino

      Too bad Narcissa isn't open for lunch - maybe an early dinner instead?? I really enjoyed my dinner there this past weekend.

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      1. re: Barcelonian

        Ippudo at lunch on the wknd would be a crazy wait, aka not great for the OPs purpose

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          If you arrive at 11:45/12, the wait is less than 15-20 - plenty of time before a show.

          1. re: Barcelonian

            Thank you all. I couldn't access email and have just seen these. Such good ideas, as always.