Monday, April 5, 2010


By Polly Guerin
April 5, 2010
Bon Gusto!!! Dining in New York is an epicurean’s fare and price shouldn't give you a scare. Fine dining in posh digs, my favorites I share with you. Here’s the scoop!!!
ROSA MEXICANO, a swanky atmosphere, upbeat atmosphere. A “must have” is the irresistible guacamole, made at the table, the waiter carves out the fresh guacamole adds chopped onions, tomatoes and hot spices, a tasty concoction served in earthenware bowls. Quench your thirst with a pomegranate margarita. Located at 1063 First Ave. (58th St.) 212.753.7407
SMORGAS CHEF at The Scandinavia House Museum in Murray Hill, 58 Park Ave, bet. 37/38th sts. main floor, lures in diners with fine tuned pristine fare including Swedish meatballs with Loganberry sauce and smashed potatoes, salmon sandwiches and a host of delicious tastings and desserts. Sit under the branches of a white birch tree with birds aloft and enjoy an affordable meal, fixe prix lunch under $15. 212.847.9745.
THE THREE-MARTINI LUNCH The Morgan Dining Room in The Morgan Library & Museum pays homage to that famous classic cocktail, the Martini, a nostalgic, perfectly divine libation. A regal tray is presented with three two-ounce martinis, which are essentially mini-tinis, each served in miniature cocktail glasses, one glass dressed with olives, one with cocktail onions and the third with a lemon twist. $10, a bargain. American dining at its finest. Admission to the museum is not required to dine at The Morgan Dining Room. 225 Madison Ave. (at 36th St.) 212.683.2130.
LA STRADA 57 is a neighborhood gem near the Time Warner Center and affordable dining for pre-Lincoln Center events. The $14.95 fixe prix 3-course lunch is a bargain. I started with ginger carrot soup, divine taste, then Tilapia fish with grilled vegetables, and for dessert sorbet and coffee. I was not disappointed. Of course you can also order from the menu. Located at 315 W. 57th St. (bet. 8th/9th aver.) 212.757.1620.
IL BASTARDO a popular Chelsea Tuscan restaurant serves excellent affordable meals in a comfortable atmosphere. Sharing is okay when you order several dishes. We started off and shared the poached eggs, but did not eat the mound of tasty potatoes (on a diet) then had a spinach salad followed by hefty cheese grilled hamburger…all this with a fine red wine, recommended by the waiter, ending with coffee and lemon, mango and pomegranate sorbet. 191 Seventh Ave. (bet. 21st/22nd Sts.) 212.675.5930.
Ta Ta darlings, I’m off to a Three Martini Lunch and obviously I will not be returning to work this afternoon. Fan mail to and do take a minute and visit my blogs at amazingartdecowomen, thefashionhistorian and awakenyoursleepingbeauty.

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