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Sep 21, 2006 07:29 PM

Quick Meals near Gramercy Park

I've just enrolled in a class at SVA (21st between 2nd and 3rd) that takes place on Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 until mid-December.

Anyone have any suggestions for restaurants in the area that will allow me to be in-and-out in about a half hour?

Any type of food/dining experience (sit down, to-go, etc) is fine. As long as it's quality food. Thanks all!

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  1. Mollys is great for a great burger and brew. They also have a good menu of other traditional Irish pub food. I don't know if you would get in and out in 30 minutes but it would not be much longer. They are on 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd.

    1. I'd suggest the following for inexpensive, good food where you won't feel weird eating alone:
      Pongsri (Thai) on 2nd Ave @ 18th
      Paquitio's (Mexican) 3rd Ave between 16th & 17th
      Sunburst (cafe) 3rd Ave at 18th

      1. Bao Noodles, on 2nd Av., just south of 23rd St., serves very good Vietnamese food. You should be able to have something there within your time constraints.

        For pasta, there's Lamarca, on the corner of 3rd & 22nd.

        1. nooooooooo just say no to sunburst! i've not had one meal there that was not one of the following: cold, overcooked, undercooked, moldy and/or sour. clearly i've eaten there more times than i should have.

          push cafe on 3rd and 22nd isn't the best but it's a student hangout with a good, cheap and fast hummus plate.

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          1. re: gingersweetiepie

            That's a bummer. I've been there a handful of times but I looking back, I guess I usually get a bagel or scone and a latte..things that are a little tough to mess up and I remember being good...good enough to go back and I like the atmosphere. I suppose the take home message is that Sunburst is okay for snacks but not meals..

            1. re: jona2325

              I've had food there in the past (crepes, sandwiches) and they've been fine.

          2. Jess's Bakery on 23rd btwn 2nd and 3rd for interesting and cheap Japanese pastries, fried ramen noodles and roast pork. Two of my favorite things are the dragon ball and pork dumpling, both of which are encased in a sticky rice dumpling. Also like the ham and cheese bun and the coconut cream bun.

            Burgers - Molly's and Shake shack (at 6pm there should be no line, I went yesterday at that time and walked right up to the counter and was eating my burger in 5 minutes)

            Diner - Sunflower on 26th and 3rd, best in the area and shouldn't be too crowded at that time, service is awful when its crowded.

            I also agree with the reco for Bao Noodles.