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39th and 8th ave - I need a new spot to eat

Seriously, this might be the worst spot to find food in NYC.
I have had the chinese on 38th for $3.75, great, but not everyday.
The market cafe is OK, but I need something on a daily basis.
Any recommendations other than moving the office?

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  1. There should be a slew of spots by you. I can't give you names from the top of my head but check out the area by the Port Authority on 8th Avenue and/or go to 9th Avenue as well. Hell, if you want free food (but not drinks) go to Rudy's bar on W. 43rd and 9th Ave. They give you free Oscar Myers with your drinks.

    1. I have had some great meals at Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 38th & 9th. Seafood oriented Italian. I have had dinner there but not lunch.

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      1. re: bobby06877

        Have you been to Osteria Gelsi recently? The first time we were there was about 2-3 years ago and it was terrific. We were back in 2006 and had small overpriced portions of mediocre food. Not planning on going back there.

      2. I think moving is your best bet, sorry! :)

        During my stint in that area, I was sort of fond of the falafel and salads at Kosher Delight (1359 Broadway), the soups & the Special Tuna at Another Good Location (1372 Broadway), and Chopstick's House (better Chinese and not terrible sushi on 36th between 7th and Broadway).

        You do have things a little better because you're closer to 9th Ave than I was. If you have the time and inclination, that's really the place to go for variety. There's only so many pay-per-item salads one can handle...

        Good luck!

        1. kashmir 9, east side of 9th ave between 36th & 37th. oh but they changed the name, maybe to be less inflammatory among their cabbie clientele, it's just called pakistani restaurant now. I've had many great and cheap lunches there, just check out the bins and tell the guy which things you want + how much of each, they'll totally customize your meal.

          be sure to ask what you're getting if you have special dietary requirements [such as no lamb brains], those looked mighty fine to me until they were identified - Liz

          1. You've also got Burgers & Cupcakes right there, not to mention Sandwich Planet. Those two alone would keep me busy for a few weeks.


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            1. re: Nosher

              Second Sandwich Planet, with enthusiasm. You really can't go wrong with anything on the sprawling menu, but I particularly love the Lollabrigida (bresola, goat cheese, truffle oil--I like it on their Stirato), as well as anything with bacon and/or avocado. Their mustard is especially divine, and you'd never know it based on the generic, cheap opaque bottles on the tables. Also, they're one of the few edible Seamless Web spots in the 'hood.

            2. Szechuan Gourmet on 39 between 6th and 5th will deliver, as will Minar the indian place a bit to the south, there is the Pakistani place on 9th and 36th, Los Poblanitos for mexican on 37th between 8th and 9th, Bureks on 38th, sandwich planet, Pita Pit on 38th, Tony Lukes cheese steaks (get the roast pork italian) by the PA; lots of folks like Veronica and Lazarras on 38th, between 7 and 8 but I'm not such a huge fan.

              1. Burgers and Cupcakes, HK for sit down lunch fair, (nw corner 39 and 9), Sandwich Planet, Veronica is no more, Guy and Gallard for Sandwiches, Salads, and Lunch Meals on 38 between 8 and 9, Falafel place on 38 between 8 and 9, Troy for Shawarma on sw corner 40 and 9th, Tony Lukes for broccoli rabe, roast pork and provolone hero, (okay you can't get that but for once every 6 months, but worth the wait), Osaka a real japanese restaurant making fresh sushi on 8th between 36 and 37. 9th Avenue has a lot more above 42nd Street.

                1. Grays Papaya
                  539 8th Ave at 37th St
                  (212) 904-1588

                  Have their special: 2 hot dogs and a drink.

                  1. Check out this week's Time Out New York--"The Real Cheap Eats," which breaks it down neighborhood by neighborhood, including the area you're in. I sympathize with you because I'm in that area once a week for business and have run out of options in the immediate neighborhood, but 9th Avenue presents a slew of options and don't forget Koreantown if you like Korean food.

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                    1. re: gloriousfood

                      second koreatown, check out minado, the famous "sushi buffet" over there, which id for the uninitiated a strange and wonderful experience.

                      1. re: Nick F.

                        I heard Minado has been taken over by Todai (which sucks in L.A.- i don't know how the NYC one is). But if you like buffets, there's also Arang (Sushi and Korean) for $9.99 on 32nd btw. Broadway & 5th.


                      2. FYI: The Pakistani place people are talking about is actually on 8th Avenue and it is very good.

                        Kashmir Restaurant
                        601 Eighth Ave.
                        Pakistani and Indian

                        1. For delivery: Tulcingo del Valle (great tacos), Chelsea Grill (awesome burgers and homemade fries), Island Burgers & Shakes

                          1. Manganeros Hero Boy on 9th btwn 37th and 38th - chicken cutlet parm hero
                            Chef Yu's on 8th at 36th (I think) - soup with roast pork
                            shorty's bar 9th near 41st for philly cheesesteaks
                            Burgers & Cupcakes 9th btwn 35 & 36th
                            Los Los Poblanitos 38th near 8th ave mexican

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                            1. re: jth

                              home on 8th-buddhist vegetarian chinese on 8th between 29 and 30th (they deliver).
                              they have non-veg options too