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Dec 8, 2003 09:45 AM

Best Pizza or lunch near Grand Central Station

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Any suggestions? I'm a temp & on a budget

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  1. Two Boots! there is a Two Boots pizza in the food court at Grand Central Station and I can never pass it up.

    For another cheap lunch, sit at the counter at the Oyster Bar and have some clam chowder or maybe the oyster po-boy sandwich.

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    1. re: lorelei

      BLECH! am I the only one that thinks two boots' pizza is inedible?

      1. re: sourpatch

        Any place that puts cornmeal on pizza sucks in my book.

        1. re: daniel

          Two boots has a tasty po'boy, tho'. They've got a pretty good catfish, but the lettuce & tomato they put on it is usually inedible.

          I'm pretty hesitant to eat in any place that's in a food court, myself.

          1. re: kwon

            the food court at Grand Central is not your typical food court... meaning it's not what you'll find at the Manhattan Mall. some of the many options include Cafe Spice for Indian, the Little Pie Company, Junior's.

            1. re: lorelei

              I've found Two Boots to be pretty good. You're right about it not being "Food Court"... since there are other Two Boots places around the city. But that person probably didn't know that.

              Also, the other replies haven't been very helpful... I thought the original poster was looking for Pizza around Grand Central... not complaints. Two Boots would be my recommendation too... but maybe there are others close by as well?

              1. re: Dimmy

                The original poster is looking for pizza OR other inexpensive lunch places near Grand Central.

                I recommended Menchanko-Tei. I'd avoid Two Boots - I think the crust is an abomination :-)

          2. re: daniel
            Chicago Mike

            I was wondering what those little flakes are on Two boots.... Cornmeal, huh ? It is strange.

            ANYWAY, I would definitely NOT recommend a Two Boots "regular slice" as it didn't even rate in our recent Manhattan pizza crawl.

            HOWEVER, I was struck by the variety of specialty pies that might actually be quite tasty. One poster here said the sausage Cleopatra was great and I'd be very willing to try that.

            HOWEVER AGAIN, it just seems to me that if a place doesn't have a great "regular slice" how great are their specialty slices going to be?

            1. re: Chicago Mike

              Two Boots is not a typical slice joint, it was one of the first "foodie" pizza places. It is to pizza what Comfort Diner is to diners.
              I think cornmeal is used to keep dough from being sticky; it's not actually part of the crust, but makes it easier to handle and move the pie. I don't much like it either, though I otherwise like their pies.

            1. re: sourpatch

              No you're not alone - I can't stand Two Boots' pizza.

              1. re: sourpatch

                people seem pretty divided on this one - some are diehard fans, lots of people hate it! i must say, i wasn't that crazy about Two Boots pizza til i fell in love with the Cleopatra Jones slice. the sausage & onion combo is delectable!

                1. re: lorelei

                  Based on the replies, I wouldn't even stretch it by stating that "people are pretty divided on this one". Almost everybody don't like Two Boots pizza.

                  I'll chime in and just settle for a Juniors sandwich and a slice of cheesecake.

            2. Menchanko-Tei, on 45th near Lex. Good, cheap noodle joint.

              1. The best pizza in the grand central area is probably the pizza truck that's usually parked on 47th and Vanderbilt. Little Italy pizza on 43rd between Madison and 5th is also not bad... a reluctant recommendation. Two Boots is merely OK, but is novel if you've never tried them before. The best cheap lunch in the Grand Central area is probably Yagura on 41st near Madison. The $3.50 lunch special is one of the best deals in town.

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                1. re: Eric Eto

                  I've always wondered about that pizza truck. I've never seen a pizza truck before. You recommend it?

                  1. re: Eric Eto

                    I really like Cafe Zaiya, just up 41st street towards 5th ave from Yagura. Sandwiches are around $3, rice bowls around $5 or $6, they have a made-to-order salad bar during the lunch hours, the onigiri are great and cheap, and they really shine in the Japanese baked goods department, with some of the most authentic stuff in NYC.
                    You also might want to check out Oms/b, a relatively new rice ball cafe at 156 e 45th St. It's a tiny place, but they do have a few tables. They are making the onigiri to order now, which should vanquish some early complaints about soggy nori. There are many traditional onigiri along with some more fusion-y types, and they have a nice-priced lunch set.
                    I'm not a big fan of the 45th St Menchanko-Tei, as another poster recommended.
                    A friend recommends Pershing Sq, the restaurant directly across the street from the front of Grand Central, but I haven't had any experience there myself. Maybe someone else?

                    1. re: Peter Cuce

                      Pershing Square isn't bad, but it's definitely NOT cheap.

                  2. Naples 45 has some of the best pizza in the area if not the city. Located on the back-end of grand central/met-life building it has a take-out area and offers one of the best deals. Before noon and between 2 and 6 you can get a personal size margherita or marinara pie for $4.50.

                    They use the freshest ingrediants. I would suggest either the margherita or the pizza with eggplant, mushrooms, artichokes and prosciutto.

                    hopefully this helps.

                    1. Check 45th street between 3rd and lex....lots
                      of lunch options (to go) to counter the
                      McD's and Wendys around the corner.