If you don’t want to eat lunch at your desk, but you also shouldn’t really be away from your desk, go to Pathos Cafe, an all-day Mediterranean spot that’s less commitment than most sit-down lunch spots, but still nicer than fast-casual options. The bright corner space a few blocks north of the UN has sidewalk seating, where you can get fresh-air while eating a salad with calamari, shrimp, and octopus, or a flatbread with tons of prosciutto, arugula, and melted mozzarella.
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A Midtown West/Times Square location of this classic New York sushi restaurant. Sushi of Gari is a solid option for the area.
The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
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Extra Virgin in the West Village is an excellent date spot and is as consistent as they come.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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Crave is a laid-back seafood restaurant that takes you out of the misery of Midtown East.
Shuka is a crowd-pleasing Mediterranean restaurant that will save you when you need to plan a last-minute 10-person dinner.
With a reasonably priced menu, welcoming staff, and sleek decor, we’re surprised to find such a perfect Australian coffee shop in Midtown East.
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