|Where's the "Easy Button" When You Need One? HELP!|
The Ones to AVOID:
Sometimes, it just seems like there's nowhere worth exploring when it comes to NYC's Midtown - near Grand Central area.
For instance, lately, I have tried out Madison Bistro -which, sorry, but that place is suck-ola-ville. I've been there three times now, with a variety of business guests... They all agreed that it was "somewhat edible" but "not worthy to return." Seriously a unanimous decision among several people. So I can't just blame myself for being picky about my locales... other people are agreeing with my overall feeling that there are some places that are just sheer bad and need to be avoided.
There's also the over-priced and always a line out the door at lunchtime for Piccolo Cafe. I just don't get that place at all. Again, I gave it three separate tries. It's just too expensive for lunch and really not all that great.
For a quick bite, I also tried 4food -which had OVER my 3-strikes-and-you're-out-rule, but now it's a definite not gonna' happen again place. Too many choices and they always F up my order, no matter if it's delivery or take-out. That's unacceptable. I've been offered so many refunds and coupons for future orders, it's just a shame that they can't get it right. Too complicated of a menu and certainly WAY overpriced... (sad sigh) But I was willing to PAY for the healthier option... oh well. Cross them off the Madison Avenue list of possibilities.
Salute' is only recommended if you wish to bid farewell to your cash and enjoy feeling like you've been ripped off. I've already wasted time with a blog post on this and the infamous chicken log fiasco.
There's Dig Inn (which was formerly called something like The Pump)... WHO is naming this place? OMG! But the food is (seemingly) better for you and has organic, healthier choices along with a seasonal menu. So it's a maybe check this out, but I always feel bad for whomever came up with the ridiculous, poor name choice. GET a BRAND manager and figure that sh!t out, please. Thanks.
db Bistro Moderne has always been a solid place for a higher-end luncheon, but a bit of a walk from GCS. But it's also a Daniel Boulud restaurant, so it has to live up to an expectation and is worth an extra walk to get there. It's always been perfect although if you're going to try lunch or a pre-theatre seating, get a reservation first. The place fills up quickly and is hard to get seated if you're not on the list.
Somewhat better, but not always perfect is La Fonda del Sol. It can be on or off, but worth a try for a business meeting that includes a quick bite to eat.
Do you have a suggestion? I work around the area and have had a hard time making lunch plans with co-workers...