Art of the Lunch Deal

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The Art of the Lunch Deal: Le Perigord

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 8 comments

Le Perigord is remarkable in that it has remained impervious to any food trend that has surfaced in the four decades since it opened its doors. More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Aureole

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 2 comments

Had the pork been the succulent, melt-in-your-mouth experience I had hoped for, I still think that I would be hard-pressed to recommend Aureole for lunch, when one can get do better for less money. More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Geisha

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Geisha 33 East 61st Street, New York NY 10065 (map); 212-813-1113; geisharestaurant.com Service: Perfectly satisfactory Setting: Sleek modern room, vaguely evocative of Japan, I suppose. Cost: Three courses, $29 Geisha is looking a bit ragged these days. The stitching... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Bar Stuzzichini

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Bar Stuzzichini 928 Broadway, New York NY 10010 (map); 212-780-510; barstuzzichini.com Service: Casual and professional Setting:Comfortable, modern room; lots of wood and tile, illuminated by Edison bulbs Compare to:Osteria Morini, 'inoteca, Eataly Cost: Three courses, $19 There was a... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: La Grenouille

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La Grenouille 3 East 52nd Street, New York NY 10022; map); 212-752-1495; la-grenouille.com Service:As good as it gets Setting: Flowers at every table, all soft pastel colors, like dining in an impressionist painting Compare to: Le Perigord, Le Cirque... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: 21 Club

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[Photographs: Nick Solares] 21 Club 21 West 52nd Street, New York NY 10019; map); (212) 582-7200; 21club.com/web/onyc/21_club.jsp Service: Country club formal Setting: Dim, clubby, leather and wood punctuated by white table cloths. Cost: Three courses $24.07 Not many restaurants... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Resto

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 3 comments

[Photographs: Nick Solares] Resto 111 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016; map); 212- 685-5585; http://www.restonyc.com/default.asp Service: Friendly and knowledgeable Setting:The room is rather austere, but that is the point. The focus is on the food and the incredibly... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Asia de Cuba

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Asia de Cuba 237 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016; map); 212-726-7755; chinagrillmgt.com Service: Friendly and professional Setting: A sleek, modern room, the soundtrack of Latin rhythms adding a tropical flavor Cost: Three courses, $29 I was a bit... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Shun Lee Palace

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Shun Lee Palace 155 East 55th St, New York NY 10022; (map); 212-371-8844; shunleepalace.lanteck.net Service: Tuxedo-clad servers dote on you as if you're on the Orient Express Setting: Those stuck in a 1980's time-warp might find the room majestic,... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Le Bernardin

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"One doesn't necessarily expect that the $45 and $70 menus would be indistinguishable, but that is in fact my experience." Le Bernardin 787 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019; map); 212-554-1515; le-bernardin.com Service: Exceptional Setting: A warm, inviting room, perhaps... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Eleven Madison Park

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Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010; map); 212-889-0905; elevenmadisonpark.com Service: Faultless, friendly, and accommodating Setting: Airy, elegant half of the Met Life Building lobby with well-spaced tables Compare to: Gramercy Tavern, Jean-Georges Must Haves: Menu... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Momofuku Noodle Bar

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Momofuku Noodle Bar 171 First Avenue, New York NY 10003; map); momofuku.com Service: Downtown casual Compare to:Momofuku Ssam Bar, Ma Peche Cost: Lunch Prix Fixe: 3 courses, $30 While Momofuku Noodle Bar has typically been the most accessible of... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Barbounia

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Barbounia 250 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10003 (map); 212-995-0242; barbounia.com Service: Polite and courteous Setting: Loud, even at lunch Cost: $24 for three courses Be careful what you wish for. As I sat waiting for some food,... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Devi

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Devi 8 East 18th Street, New York NY 10003; map); 212-691-1300; devinyc.com Service: Solid Setting: A pleasant room with the feel of an Eastern caravan Compare to:Tamarind, Tabla Cost:3 courses, $24.07 When I moved here from the United Kingdom... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Gotham Bar & Grill

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 7 comments

Gotham Bar & Grill 12 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003; map); 212-620-4020; gothambarandgrill.com Service: Excellent Setting: A spacious well-lit room makes you forget you are downtown Cost: 3 Courses, $31 Imagine a kitchen with Tom Valenti, David... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Colicchio & Sons Tap Room

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 3 comments

Colicchio & Sons 85 Tenth Avenue, New York NY 10011 (at West 15th; map); 212-400-6699; colicchioandsons.com Service: Friendly, professional and glacial—a three course lunch took almost two hours Setting: The bar room has wonderful natural light but the decor... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Keen's Steakhouse

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 12 comments

"You won't find a more civilized steakhouse." Keen's Steakhouse 72 West 36th Street, New York NY 10018; map); 212-947-3636 ; keens.com Service: Friendlier than your average steakhouse Setting:An New York institution: the wood paneled walls, flourishes of Americana, and thousands... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: The Water Club

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 10 comments

"You can't beat the view, but you can eat far more seriously elsewhere." The Water Club East River at 30th Street, New York NY 10016 (map); 212-683-3333; thewaterclub.com Service: Classic old school waitering Setting: A wonderful view of the East... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Momofuku Ssam Bar

Art of the Lunch Deal Nick Solares 4 comments

Momofuku Ssam Bar 207 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (at 13th Street, map); 212-254-3500; momofuku.com Service: Casual bar service Must Haves: Pork buns, spicy rice cakes, grapefruit cream pie Price: $25 for three courses Notes: Lunch is served... More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Mercer Kitchen

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Mercer Kitchen 147 Mercer Street, New York NY 10012; map; 212-966-5454; jean-georges.com Service: Business casual Setting: A modern, subterranean space Cost: Three (big!) courses, $26 The dining landscape has changed a lot on the corner of Prince and Mercer... More

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