Restaurants around 5th and 57th NYC

Mar 24th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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Restaurants around 5th and 57th NYC

Mom and I are headed to NYC in a week or so. Any reasonably priced restaurants ($30 per person or less) that you can recommend for lunch in this neighborhood during a day of gallery hopping? Really good Italian, Chinese, Vegetarian--anything but a steakhouse or deli--would work nicely. Thanks!
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Mar 24th, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Sarabeth's Central Park South is on CPS and between 5th & 6th Ave. Really nice space inside. Menu is on the website.
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Mar 24th, 2009, 02:43 PM
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La Bonne Soup is great for lunch and a real bargain. Between 5th and 6th on 55th.

More upscale, but possibly in your budget for lunch -- Brasserie 8 1/2 on 57th just West of 5th. They have a nice prix fixe 3 course lunch for $29.
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Mar 24th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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I'll second the recommendation of Brasserie 8 1/2. Excellent food in an elegant setting.
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Mar 24th, 2009, 06:34 PM
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My friend who works in that nabe swears by the restaurant at Bergdorf's for lunch. He says that have a very delicious duck on their menu.

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Mar 25th, 2009, 04:24 AM
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Thank you for the replies. We'll look into these...
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That's a really high rent district. I also like the restaurant in Bergdorf's a lot (great people watching) but it's outrageously expensive. A BG salad is $25 and that's one of the cheapest things on the menu. Add a drink or wine and tax and tip and you're at $40+/person. One of the hidden gems in the area is Caviar Russe on Madison & 54 st. (upstairs in a small building). They have a lunch special for $20/person.

Another treat is the bar menu at La Grenouille, the last of the fine French restaurants in NYC.

Another amazing bargain but a bit further west at Columbus Circle is Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental hotel (35th floor of the Time Warner building). They have a 2 course prix fixe lunch Mon-Fri. for $24 and there are great views. You need a reservation.

For cheap and cheerful, I agree, La Bonne Soup is a good bet but it's very cramped and busy.
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Mar 25th, 2009, 08:34 AM
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Thanks again. Looking at the location of Asiate, I realized that is not too far from one of the Ollie's Noodle House locations. When I had my summer at Columbia, I LOVED the Ollie's in that neighborhood. Anyone eat at the Lincoln Center Ollie's lately? I know it's probably not in the same class as the restaurants already mentioned, but I remember the food being so tasty!
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La grenouille is wonderful...expensive, but wonderful have been there twice and did not hold back with a bill of 500$$$ I felt I got what I paid for...The last of the true dining experiences!!!
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Red Eye Grill
Trattoria del Arte
Both on 7th near 57th
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I like the MoMA cafeteria, but I can get into the museum for free.

There's also the Takashimaya restaurant in the basement called the Teabox, but I haven't been there in a very long time.

There's a Chinese restaurant near Rockefeller called Wu Liang Ye. It's quite authentic.

You said no steakhouse, but do you like burgers? There's Burger Joint at Le Meridien Hotel. It can be impossible at dinner. I don't know what it's like during lunch time.

There's a Le Pain Quotidien near Central Park. It's a chain from Belgium.

There are some ramen places nearby. Look up Sapporo (on 49th Street) and Menchanko Tei (I admit I'm a little hesitant recommending this restaurant because of a personal experience, but well, I think it should be ok).

mclaurie -- I'm going to steal your recommendation and try it out for myself sometime!
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Mar 27th, 2009, 08:02 PM
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The Brasserie 8.5 recommendation reminded me of two places. Brasserie (haven't been there in a while) and Lever House (no personal experience with this one, and I don't know if it offers lunch). Both are architectural landmarks also.

Brasserie is in Mies's Seagram building and the decor is (was?) done by husband-wife architect team Diller + Scofidio.

Lever House is a Bunshaft building. It's across the street. There's usually public art on display (for a while they displayed Damien Hirst). The restaurant opened a few years ago to good reviews. I think that lunch may be over $30 though (if they offer lunch), but you never know.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 03:24 AM
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Well, mom broke her arm in a fall two nights ago, so I'll be going to New York solo. Oh well. I still plan to look into all of these recs and enjoy some good food. Maybe I can sit at the bar at some of these places and have a shorter wait. So many to choose from...thanks!
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Sorry to hear about Mom's arm. Hope she heals quickly. I'm sure you know it's very common for people to eat solo here. One option that wasn't mentioned is the prix fixe lunch at Jean Georges, actually served in the more casual area known as Nougatine. There's a bar there where a lot of people eat solo. I have to say I wasn't impressed with my lunch there, but it was a while ago.
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I have eaten at Lever House. The food was good, but VERY expensive. A glass of Champagne was $35.

The room is interesting and you have to go down "the walk of shame" to get to the dining room. LOL!

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Apr 4th, 2009, 03:12 PM
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I ended up eating at Ollie's Noodle House. Excellent seafood dumplings and scallion pancakes. Nice atmosphere, good service. Thanks for all the recs. I'll save them for next time.
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