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Affordable, casual place to eat lunch near Central Park?

Affordable, casual place to eat lunch near Central Park?

May 23rd, 2006, 10:19 AM
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Affordable, casual place to eat lunch near Central Park?

On a Sunday? Will be visiting in June, spending a morning/afternoon exploring Central Park. Anywhere close by where we can eat lunch? Or grab some food to take back to the park? Thanks for any suggestions!
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May 23rd, 2006, 10:30 AM
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Not sure if you're aware that the park has some dining options. On the east side of the park, you can get a sandwich at the Conservatory Pond, sit on the sunny terrace, and watch the boats. The Zoo has fast food options. There are plenty of food carts in the park. Also upscale dining at the Boathouse.

On either side of town, you have to walk a few long blocks to find food. Others will probably have good suggestions for outside the park.
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May 23rd, 2006, 10:32 AM
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he park is huge, spanning several miles. Where will you be entering the park from. If it's near columbus circle, there's a wholefoods with all kinds of food bars (hot, cold, salads, ethnic). You can eat there, or take it out.

There are small delis everywhere as well. People here can give you more specific places, if you know where you'll be at lunch time (east side, west side, etc).

On ther upper west side, on columbus and Amsterdam avs, there are dozens of restaurants to choose from.
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May 23rd, 2006, 10:33 AM
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One of my most favorite things to do is grab a hotdog and a Snapple from a vendor and sit on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and people watch.
May 23rd, 2006, 10:36 AM
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Central Park is big, 840+ acres and over 2.5 miles long (51 blocks). Inside The Park and within a block of its border, you'll find literally hundreds if not thousands of dining options.

For example, inside the park, you can dine at Loeb Boathouse, as mentioned, or grab a hotdog from a vendor and sit on a bench or the grass.

Outside The Park, you can find a restaurant or get carry-out. Zillions of options.
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May 23rd, 2006, 10:49 AM
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Mickey Mantle's in a fun place at the southern end - if you like bar food. GREAT ice cream sundae. Would never have gone in except to escape a hard, driving rain and we really enjoyed it.

Affordable. Casual. Adjacent to the park.
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May 23rd, 2006, 10:50 AM
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MM is across from where you catch a carriage ride into the park - IF you choose to take a carriage ride in the park. There are those with very strong opinions against carriage rides.
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May 23rd, 2006, 11:07 AM
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Bouchon Bakery, 4th Floor of the Time Warner bldg (Columbus Circle) has very good sandwiches and fabulous pastries. The take-out is cheaper than the sit down; make sure they are open on Sunday. This is Chef Thomas Keller's casual place.
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May 23rd, 2006, 12:44 PM
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GoTravel, yes! The hot dogs are fine, the Snapple is cold, and the people watching is superb. ;-)

ellenem's Conservatory Pond suggestion is another favorite.
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May 23rd, 2006, 05:42 PM
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What will you be donng/seeing in the Park? That will help us give you recos (FYI it's bigger than the country of Monaco.)

The zoo?

One of the museums - and east side or west?

Stawberry fields?

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May 23rd, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Most selection can be found on West side, to National History Museum area, from Columbus Circle (59th Street)up. Walk up B'way or Columbus to mid 80s, then cut over to Park or vice versa-- lots of vendors in park too, incl good eatery near great lawn area. Get a map of the park to help you. It may be a tourist spot but Tavern on the Green is worth a stop if not a meal. It is simply quintessential NYC. It is not that overpriced and every room is one of a kind (west side too at 65th)
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May 24th, 2006, 08:01 AM
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I would definitely consider a picnic! Or, to be even more atmospheric, grab a pretzel or hot dog from a local vendor. Finish it off with a FrozFruit for dessert, and you're all set
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May 24th, 2006, 08:02 AM
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(not sure that "atmospheric" is really the right word, by the way...but hopefully you get the point!)
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