Sushi Sennin (33rd & Madison); Artisanal (32 & Madison) are both very good and walking distance.
Ahh, my $%#& grad school.
39th between 5th and 6th
is a short walk, and definitely worth eating.
i also spend way too much time in the area. not many options in terms of affordable but not disgusting. a couple of other options:
Minar (cheap indian) on 31st btwn 5th and 6th
Pizza (best in 'hood) is on Madison near 31st
In terms of cheapish lunch food, my favorites are:
- Woorijoop or something like that -- Korean steam table (my preference), noodle bar and various pre-wrapped prepared food - - south side of 32nd btwn 5th and 6th
- The Graduate Center cafeteria has a wide range though you have to sign in at the front desk if you don't have CUNY ID (sounds like that won't be your problem). Given the neighborhood options, this is some of the best lunch food around.
- I second Minar.
- The Shake Shack in Madison Sq. Park is not too far a walk once it opens up again.
I'd like to hear of other decent inexpensive lunch options as this is just about my entire repetoire.
For an upscale overkill type experience, there is a block-long Japanese place (on 32nd or so, east of 5th ave) which has an all-you-can-eat buffet.
I love Woorijip - tasty, fast Korean food. Nearly everything is prepackaged (except the noodle soups, which are also excellent) but seems pretty fresh, so no complaints there.
I read about a Korean place on the same block that does an outrageous AYCE lunch for something like $9.95 (?), with lots of sushi and some actual Korean dishes like chop chae (personal favorite). Anyone know of this place? It begins with an A, I think, and is located on the 2nd floor...
For a snack, and also a place to chill or use wi-fi, you can go to Subtle Tea on 30th and Madison. I love the wild assortment of tea blends and the delicious cheddar dill scone. They also have salads and sandwiches.
Sophies on 34th and Madison is another great, very inexpensive bet. You can pick a big entree from the many dishes they offer daily, or get something smaller like a cuban sandwich or pastry. The green hot sauce there is amazing.
Minado at 32 btwn 5th and Madison for AYCE sushi and hot Japanese food for about $30 Dinner and about $20 for lunch.
Evergreen Shanghai at 38th btwn 5 and Madison for good Shanghai food in a nice setting
Soul Fixin's at 34th and 9th for good steam table Southern.
Pizza place I think on 36th street and 6th (is open on 36 street) which has a arteries clogging meat slice