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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.

    http://midtownlunch.wordpress.com/

    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.

      http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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

      http://www.labonnesoupe.com

      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!

            1. Since you mentioned that you're willing to travel there's a lot of good information here.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. 'wichcraft has a new location on 5th & 46th as well as their kiosks in Bryant Park on 42nd & 6th... Great sandwiches-a little pricey in the $10 range...

                1. The Qwik Meal cart on the SW corner of 45th & 6th Ave is very good. I like the chicken or lamb with rice but they have other things to experiment with. The Cosi on 42nd across from the library is good for lunch as is the one on W48th just east of 6th Ave. Both do a big lunch crowd so everything is always fresh. I like the basil/mozz/tomato sandwich. If by chance you want a Philly cheesesteak try Variety Cafe across the street from Cosi on W48th. It's at least as good as Carl's on 3rd Ave. Sapporo on W49th btwn 6th & 7th is a great Japanese noodle house, and cheap.

                  1. Thanks alot for all your suggestions! Will definitely make it a point to try each of these places. Glad to see midtown is not the culinary wasteland I thought it would be!

                    Thanks again.

                    1. First off, thanks for posting this question (as I have the same one myself).
                      Here's what I've found so far in the couple of weeks I've been working in this neighborhood...

                      Lenny's on 48th btwn 5th and 6th has good sandwiches

                      Margon (already mentioned by a few) is a definite for Cuban

                      Bread and Olive is pretty good Middle Eastern takeout (45th btwn 5th and 6th)

                      It's a bit of a hike, but Rice 'N' Beans on 9th ave btwn 50th and 51st is great Brazilian food.

                      and there is a Chipotle on 42nd btwn 5th and 6th (though it's not the best of them).

                      Everyday, another lunch adventure in Midtown.

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                      1. re: lizardbee

                        "there is a Chipotle on 42nd btwn 5th and 6th (though it's not the best of them"?

                        Which Chipotle do you believe to be the best? I've never been able to detect a difference.