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JetLagged Brits in Manhattan
Q:Hi we are arriving from the uk on my friends birthday 24th October and staying at W tuscany. I want to book a good (local to hotel if poss) restaurant that will be lively fairly early evening as due to jet lag we may not have much stamina. Hope you can help. Thanks !

-- "Pippa in UK"

A:And I thought they were kidding about everyone being named Philippa, Pippa and Jemima. I guess not.

Now that I've made fun of your name, can I make fun of the fact that you want something good in midtown. Because I assume you asked us for something hip, not just for the whole early bird special bit.

Seriously though, all meow aside, I would go with either Tuscan which is the closest cool place.
No guarantees on how busy it will be early. It's one of Jeffrey Chodorow's. 622 Third Ave at 40th St.

Or if you can last a bit longer, and go in for that whole a zillion French cheeses thing, Artisanal is also in the neighbourhood but farther (Park and 32nd), and one of my personal favourites. Have some Reblochon and Tomme de Savoie for me.

Bon Appetit,
~The QB

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