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Lunch near 62/Lex

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Help, 'hounds ... I just started working near 62nd and Lexington and am looking for lunch recs. I've tried (and liked) Pain Quotidien and davidburke in the box, also Fig & Olive although I'm usually looking for quick takeout. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

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  1. There's a Hale & Hearty at about 64th ... soups & sandwiches geared for the takeout crowd...

    1. There is a Burger Heaven on 62nd & Lexington. Their sandwiches and salads are pretty good.

      1. California Pizza Kitchen at 3rd & 60th has good salads and does take out, or you can sit at the counter.

        1. when i worked around there i'd frequent Eat Here Now. It's a pretty typical diner but they have some great cheap basics--egg sandwiches, burgers, etc-- not stellar, but pretty good.

          i think there is a Japanese grocery on 59th b/w 2nd & 3rd, they usually have some good snacks.

          1. Equinox gym at 63rd & Lex has a good cafe

            1. I work in the area also. I like going to Katagiri on 59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. It's a small Japanese grocery store but they have great prices for their super fresh sushi, bento boxes, and hot prepared foods.

              Around the corner, across the street from Felidia's, is Cafe Vivolo. They have the best Italian takeout food in the neighborhood at moderate prices. There are a few tables if you want to eat there and there is an adjoining restaurant for finer dining. I just get takeout from the cafe: pastas, paninis, veal, chicken, etc. It is truly excellent.

              On 62nd and Madison Avenue, diagonal from Hermes, is a food cart. It is rated one of the top 3 in the city. There is no menu but it is Tony Dragonas' cart. There are three men working the grill and there is usually a lunch line that moves fairly quickly. It is the most delicious, juicy, marinated, skinless chicken. You can get a chicken platter that comes with rice, salad, any kind of sauce you want: tzaziki, hot, etc. plus Italian dressing. They also have chicken pita or hero sandwiches, sausages, burgers. You can also ask for their fresh mozarella, basil, tomato (and prosciutto if you want) sandwiches. Highly, highly recommended. My lunch today was $5.50. The mozarella sandwich was $3.50 last week. All the neighborhood chefs queue up here for freshly grilled, Greek food.

              1. 57th and lexington - southwest corner - Cafe Fonduta - Italian takeout with fresh pasta, hot food, and fantastic salads. I miss it since I don't work around there anymore and it's not open on the weekends.

                1. scrap all these places mentioned here and head straight to David Burke's new restaurant and take away located on the ground level at Bloomingdales. Everything, from salads, sandwiches, to main dishes have been pretty spot on, very rare for east midtown. def, the best lunch spot in the nabe. great ingredients, well prepared food- highly reccomended .