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MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 06:02 PM

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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    fauchon RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 06:07 PM

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

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      valerie RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 06:25 PM

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

      1. julesj66 RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 06:41 PM

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

        1. emilia RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 07:43 PM

          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.

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            Diana182 RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 07:59 PM

            Equinox gym at 63rd & Lex has a good cafe

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              sfslinky RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 08:11 PM

              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.

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                dsobes RE: MollyAir Jul 18, 2006 09:35 PM

                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.

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                  josh L RE: MollyAir Jul 19, 2006 02:36 PM

                  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 .

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