Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 12:00:19 -0500


Subject: lunch

I missed out on the earlier part of the this lunch discussion--compulsive

deleting, but I've lived in NY off and on for years, and I would never

dream of spending $50 for lunch even in a large group, even in midtown

Manhattan. NY is a cheap city to eat in, I swear, as long as you don't

limit yourself to certain types of food in specific areas. Besides to get

interesting dialects, your best off outside of expensive places. On the

other hand, they may not be English.

Since I'm not looking for a room, I haven't been paying attention to the

location, but if it's at the Hilton, Sheraton, or Marriot, there are any

number of reasonably priced places 3 blocks west on 9th Ave, some more

expensive Italian, and less expensive (though rather divey appearing)

Dominican or other Latin American types. Of course these are smaller.

Then there are a variety of Brazilian and Japanese around in the $25 range.

It depends on the number of people, and how far they will want to go. If

people want to switch from Lunch to Dinner, it would be easy to go to

Chinatown, even for a large crowd. There are some enormous restaurants;

you could easily fit the whole convention, with room for the LSA. There

also might be suitably sized places in Harlem; I think Sylvia's has a

banquet room.

Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics

Dept. of Linguistics and Communications Disorders

Queens College/CUNY