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Splurge-worthy (time, calories, $) Lunch on UES -- extremely tasty, solid?

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Splurge-worthy (time, calories, $) Lunch on UES -- extremely tasty, solid?

Adele B | Mar 2, 2006 05:38 PM

Found myself craving the best lunch possible today -- woke up feeling thinner, palate going wild for something delectable, any cuisine, any price. But with the nasty winter weather, didn't want to venture far (70's, Park).

Dozens of decently good places, but all so bland and boring.... Oh, and working from home, didn't want to get dressed up, preferring to stay in my (nice) jeans and boots.

Boring:
Atlantic Grill
Orsay
Swifty's
Payard
Lenox Room
Annie's
Gobo
Vivolo -- I like this place, but I cook in their style often at home; so wanted something different
Brasserie Julien -- " "

Hit or miss:
Serafina (only liked it 1 of 3 times)
Shanghai Pavilion
Haru

Good, but these are my everyday spots:
Candle Cafe
Beyoglu
Mingala
Terramare
Le Bilboquet
Fig & Olive
Via Quadronno
Mon Petit Cafe
Tatany 72
Wu Liang Ye

Very good, but too dressy for my mood:
JoJo
Cafe Boulud
La Goulue
Arabelle
Aureole
Scalinatella
L'Absinthe

Would love to hear that I am missing several very good UES lunch places that are extremely tasty and exciting, yet not too dressy! Please add your ideas...!

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