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Sep 11, 2006 03:56 AM

New Job in Midtown...need help with lunch!

Hi everyone! I'm starting a new job in midtown, 6th ave btw 44th/45th to be exact. Have been working in the financial district for way too long, and have absolutely no idea what's going on in Midtown as far as lunch goes.

I'm a fairly adventurous eater, with a love for all ethnic food, and am willing to travel up to 10 blocks in any direction for really good chow. I would love to know of some places that are fairly cheap, aka under $10 for a decent meal. I'm really just looking to go beyond the whole salad bar, au bon pain, chipotle rut.

Anyone that can help me out with some suggestions, it's much appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. while I can't offer suggestions, this site is a basically review for lunch places in midtown. I tend to work in midtown 2-3 weeks a year (job is based downtown) and will use it as a guide when I'm up there.

    1. Wu Liang Ye, on 48th, b/t 5th & 6th, serves very good Szechuan cuisine. Their $6.95 lunch special includes main course, choice of rice, and spring roll.

      La Bonne Soupe, on 55th, b/t 5th & 6th, has much more on the menu than just good soups.

      Over on 9th Avenue, there are a variety of ethnic restaurants in the 40's and low 50's. Two places where you can find things to eat that will fit your budget: Uncle Nick's (Greek) and Old San Juan (Puerto Rican). Menus on menupages.

      Good luck on your new job and Bon Appetit!

      1. If you're on 6th. in the mid40s.

        Margon is a block away. Excellent cuban food.
        Minar is close to margon for passable indian food. My coworkers seem to like this place though.
        Ustav is another indian place.
        Yum thai is around there somewhere.

        On 41st between 5th and madison there are a bunch of japanese eateries, pretty cheap. cafe zaiya, yagura supermarket (a supermarket that sells cooked food aswell) and chiyoda sushi.

        Theres ramen place by the name of sapporo close by.

        There are bunch of food carts there too like the kwik meal cart or the falafel cart or daisy may cart.

        There's a yoshinoya fast food restaurant some where there too.

        If you like walking. On 9th avenue around the mid 40s there is an indonesian place called bali nusa. There are bunch of thai restaruants down there too.

        1. Margon is really great. Visit at least once. The Kati Roll place used to be really good too, but recently it hasn't been as fresh-tasting as before.

          1. Hallo Berlin's German food cart is wonderful and very tasty! It's located on 54th and 5th Avenue, across the street from The Gap on 54th Street. You can't miss the line. They have the best wurst (beef, chicken, veal, pork, etc.), cabbage, home fries, etc. You can get a sandwich from $2.50 to a wurst platter ranging from $5.00 - $8.00 depending on what a large eater you are.

            Highly recommended!