Marianna’s Restaurant Recommendations: Part II

Here are a few more excellent restaurant recommendations from New Yorker and Duke University professor Marianna Torgovnick:

Madison Avenue at 24th Street (inside Met Life building)

Dinner in the main dining room will break the bank, but lunch (2 courses, $29) won’t–and this is a wonderfully inventive an delicious Indian-based (but not really Indian) food.  I love almost everything on their menu.  If that’s still too much, try the main level Bread Bar where you can eat as much or as little as you like. 

Gramercy Tavern (the lounge)
20th between Park Avenue South and Fifth
the Bar Room at The Modern
(near MoMA on West 53rd Street)

Both of these places stay open all day and will gladly serve you water or iced tea along with mouth-watering food by Danny Meyer.  At Gramercy Tavern, try the Fish Stew or the Vegetable Panini (@$20, $14).  The Bar Moma_red
Room will cheerfully serve you just one course at any time of the day and the courses range from $11-17.  Try the Alsatian Tarte (a refined and delicate pizza two can share), the dorade with cockles, the lamb with noodles–all sublime. 

69th between Columbus and CPW

The best casual eating near our uptown classroom.  The lounge area, which is small, will serve you water or tea or soda along with one delicious course: the smoked trout with blini, the spaghetti with lobster, the hanger steak are all winners.  They also have a two course $25 weekend brunch or lunch.  Both bargains and great food.  My favorite close to home–though I eat at others whenever I’m nearby!"

Wow.  Thanks Marianna!  I’m getting hungry just reading these recommendations.   For more restaurants to try, check out our December 8th post for more recommendations from Marianna. 

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