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Nice Matin Open for Lunch (Amsterdam and 79th)

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Nice Matin Open for Lunch (Amsterdam and 79th)

Dave Feldman | May 23, 2003 09:10 PM

I went for lunch today, the second day lunch has been served. The lunch menu has virtually no duplication of the dinner menu, and is full of salads, sandwiches, and "pizzas," as well as a limited number of more formal entrees.

I'm very impressed with the vibe at this place. They have handled their early success with great grace. The staff is friendly and accommodating, especially at the greeting station at the door.

Right now, lunch is relaxed and uncrowded (it was about half-full today) and prices are lower. Two large appetizer salads (leeks vinaigarette and beet and haricots vert w/goat cheese), two entrees (frittata and smoked pork loin w/red cabbage), one iced tea and one glass of wine, one dessert (plum tart) and two espressos was $60 without tip. Everything I sampled was at least good (I didn't try the frittata) except the sandwich. The pork was oversmoked and battled with the equally assertive cabbage.

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