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Moving! heading to a new nabe will be at 8th ave btwn 37 & 38

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Well the subject pretty much says it. My office is moving at the end of the year. So what's to eat over here?

I am more familiar toward midtown, been to Lazarra's pizza, and Pick-a-Pita, Ben's, but there's got to be more.

what's good for lunch around here ?

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  1. Have a family member who works near there too He frequents Village 38 (NW corner of 38th/8th). I've eaten there many times too. They have great sandwiches and salads, a wonderful hot/cold food buffet (I know many of those are scary but this one is not!), and the owners are really nice (Susie especially). The only food we've had there that isn't great is their pizza, everything else is great for lunch. I particularly like their cold noodle salad, too.

    1. come on, someone must have an idea about this neighborhood.

      where do I go for decent lunchtime, Thai, Chinese, burger (is burger and cupcakes any good or am I going to White Castles?) Mexican, and a good bar for after work, it's a must. Even places to go for a lunch meeting, both on the cheap when it's an in-house staff lunch and something classier to impress the clients

      please help

      1. Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 38th and 9th has very good Italian food. It is not inexpensive but may be a good choice to bring a client.

        1. I used to live there. You'll find several good spots on 9th avenue. There is a thai place called Aceluck, on (roughly) 9th and 40th. I absolutely love the food there, though the atmosphere is kind of cold/modern (nice people though). There are a couple of other thai places on 9th ave too, a couple of blocks down. For chinese, there is T.S.Ma, which used to be very nice but is not what it once was. There is a Fat Sal's for pizza, that's around 9th and 39th. They can make it thin crust if you ask. I agree that the people at Village 38 are cool. Also, there used to be a little-known but cute little Italian place on 38th between 8th and 9th called Napoli Trattoria I think, but last time I was there, it was closed.

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          1. re: edlundart

            Aceluck is fantastic. Although the atmosphere isn't great, food is MUCH better when you go there than when you get takeout.

            1. re: kersie

              I am no longer recommending Aceluck. My recent takeout experiences have been disasters, so I headed there last night thinking it was maybe just takeout. No, the entire place is a disaster.... stuff was swimming in sauces that had never had a heavy sauce previously and the beautiful presentation I'd grown used to was completely absent. Everything was greasy and pretty flavorless - take it OFF your list, please.

            2. Oh - Cupcake Cafe (did that close too? or combine with some coffee shop or something?) has fantastic muffins and whole wheat/pumpkin donuts. As for Mexican, there is a Burritoville on 39th street between 8th and 9th (closer to 9th)... Again there used to be a spectacular Mexican place in the nabe, on the W corner of 38th and 9th, but it closed... I think there is some kind of bar there now.

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              1. re: edlundart

                Cupcake Cafe is on the other side of 9th Ave, still very much open. The space is considerably bigger.

              2. Market Cafe...Manganaro's Hero Boy...and that Thai place has amazing thai iced tea (had it many a time after the 9th avenue antique market).

                1. Cuisine of Pakistan, on 9th@36th. Los Poblanitos for Mexican on 38th between 8th and 9th. Sichuan Gourmet for chinese delivery, Minar for Indian delivery, sandwich planet for sandwiches and burgers, the 4 items for 4 dollars chinese place on the north side of 38th just east of 8th ave, are all places my office eats at pretty frequently. I was not really impressed with burgers and cupcakes. There might still be bureks right by Lazarra's as well.

                  1. Camino Sur on W. 37th (8/9 Ave.s)
                    Nice restaurant, South American-inspired food, full bar, hip vibe
                    (next door to Zipper Theatre)

                    1. I work in the building where Camino Sur is located...pretty good.

                      Aura (Thai) is good and has very fast delivery (9th and 36th).
                      Cupcake Cafe moved across the st, 9th near 40th.
                      Carbone (38th bet. 8th and 9th), good coal fired pizza. I believe this is the former location of Napoli Trattoria.
                      Soul Fixins' (34th and 9th), good basic soul food place.

                      1. Pomodoro Restaurant (italian)
                        518 9th Ave
                        Good for take-out

                        Market Cafe
                        496 9th Ave
                        Good for client lunches

                        6Yum Yum Thai
                        650 9th Ave

                        Other than that i think it is pretty limited!

                        1. Poseidon Bakery, on 9th Av. between 44th and 45th, is great! You can get both savory and sweet pastries there. If it was in my neighborhood, it would be dangerous for me, because I'd be likely to go there all the time!

                          1. You could try Metro Marche, the relatively new French bistro, on 8th Av. & 41st St. (on the south side of Port Authority Bus Terminal).


                            Here's a hilarious review by restaurant critic Alan Richman:


                            1. There is a great Italian Deli on the SE corner of 8th Ave and 29th.(?) Great for hot heros or pastas. You will notice it as you walk downtown because there are always construction trucks and police cars parked in front, clogging the eastern most lane on 8th ave.
                              Also get a menu for Daisy Mays BBQ. It's in the mid 40's on 11th Ave. They have good ribs and a wonderful Texas Chili. It's rich and smokey. Give them both a try, but they are both very heavy and very messy.

                              1. Regarding Market Cafe: It seems to be a favorite among many, but for me, I can't escape the feeling that I'm sitting in a giant bathroom (the place is tiled). It even smells weird. Or at least it did when I was there a couple of years ago.

                                1. I live in the area and haven't found many places, well for dinner. Most places I've found close after work hours. I guess I'm also lazy and don't feel like walking 2 ave's cross town after a day of work. One place I would say to check out with co-workers after a happy hour or something like that is yoo chun on 38th bw 6 and 7. I would check it out before bringing a client there. It might be a little risky for that. Its byob also.

                                  1. good and cheap thai: bangkok house on w48 (8th and 9th)

                                    1. Did anyone mention Soul Fixins on 34th and 9th? It is a tiny takeout soul food place. I agree with the other recs, I love Pomodoro and Market Cafe is good although expensive. I'm sad to hear that the Mexican place is gone (Los Dos Rancheros). They had the best mole burrito.