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I'll be with a large group of kids (mid week) walking from The Met down to 5th ave and 53rd area.
Within the large group, smaller groups of 12 will be looking for lunch. Besides hotdogs on the street or perhaps Whole Foods at Columbus Circle, what are other options along that route?

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  1. Are you going from the Metropolitan Museum or the Metropolitan Opera House?

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    1. re: Elisa515

      Oh sorry. Met museum. Long walk.

      1. re: rcburli

        Could you detour off of 5th Avenue to Shake Shack or Luke's Lobster?

        Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:
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        1. re: kathryn

          Yes, detours off 5th are fine.
          Looking for options for the groups.
          Thanks for the suggestions.

          1. re: rcburli

            Detouring to 86th and Third Ave. might be a bit much. After spending time in the Met and then having to walk 30+ blocks down to 53rd St/5th Ave, the kids (how old are they?) will probably be exhausted...Detouring to 86th and Third Ave. might be a bit much.

            There are a few places on Madison Ave. in the 70s – Viand has 2 places: Madison & 78th and Madison & 61st. 3 Guys:Madison & 75th.

            There are a few places off Fifth Ave. in the 50s – checkout PizzArte at W. 55th St. between 5th & 6th Ave.

            Also the Rockefeller Center arcade...many choices http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop...

            www.cafemetrony.com - 22 W. 52nd Street
            btw 5th & 6th Ave.

            1. re: pbjluver

              Isn't Rock Center more of a detour than 86th and 3rd (since ultimately they're ending up on 3rd)?

              I guess what we're all struggling with, is figuring out where multiple groups of 12 kids (how old are these kids? High School? Middle school) can be safely herded on foot and then accommodated for a meal, all in midtown during the week.

              How about eating at the Museum? Or asking ahead of time what they might suggest? There are plenty of school groups who go there.

        2. re: rcburli

          You won't be near Columbus Circle on your walk, then.

          1. re: Elisa515

            Venturing a few blocks on Central Park South to Columbus Circle isn't far. 7th Ave is a good bet for food as well. Then we'll venture back towards 5th.

            1. re: rcburli

              Boy, I sure wouldn't go that far out of the way (it's "a few" very long blocks) with a large group of kids. You're talking about almost two miles, crossing lots of blocks with traffic lights, if you go directly from the museum to 53rd and 3rd. And you say it's a large enough group that you'll be splitting into groups of 12. That's an awful lot of young people who aren't Manhattan-savvy to be keeping track of, under those circumstances.

              Actually, Citigroup Center (near your ultimate destination) has several places to eat. Does anyone have recent experience around there? I used to work in the neighborhood, and we used to eat there often.

              1. re: Elisa515

                We're ending up on 53rd and 5th. Not 3rd.
                I realize it is a lot of walking but want to give options to group leaders.

                1. re: rcburli

                  Fyi, if (when) your group is tired of walking down fifth ave after walking all over the met for several hrs there is a bus that goes straight down 5th ave.....
                  Plaza food hall would be another choice although potentially not cheap.
                  Closer to the museum Mimi's pizza on lexington at 84th has been serving hungry museum vistors for 30 plus yrs.
                  The food options at the museum are terrible and overpriced.

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    $2.50 for each person on the bus...need to have exact coins OR a MetroCard.

                    Rockefeller Center is 50th St. between 5th & 6th Ave.
                    I worked in that neighborhood for close to 30 years.
                    Great place to go. A lot depends on the weather that day.

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          1. Okay, I spoke with a friend who works at the Museum. She said she sees kids from school groups eating sandwiches outside all the time--bringing lunch with them.

            Since there are large school groups at the Museum all the time, how about contacting the people there who are arranging for your school group visit? They'll have practical suggestions for you.

            What you're seeing from our responses is that you're looking for something that the neighborhoods near your walk (or, frankly, just about any neighborhood in Manhattan that isn't Chinatown) can't accommodate.

            One other idea (but someone else will have to be more specific): there are some blocks in the 50s between 5th and 6th that are lined with food trucks. Anyone know more specifics?

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            1. re: Elisa515

              Food trucks might work if the lines aren't too long (kids will be competing with office workers during the lunch rush) and the weather cooperates (and they don't mind eating standing up/searching for somewhere to sit). Midtownlunch.com has a pretty good map.

            2. What did you end up doing?