Best Takeout between Midtown & Lincoln Tunnels
I occasionally find myself in NYC driving to/from NJ and LI via the Midtown & Lincoln Tunnels. Is there anywhere in this vicinity worth stopping off at for some takeout to eat in the car?
Hey, jsfein, There are quite a few options in the general vicinity of the Midtown Tunnel.
Carl's Cheesesteaks, on 3rd Av., just north of 34th. Yum!
Sarge's Deli, on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th Sts. It's not Katz's, but the sandwiches are far from shabby.
Ali Baba, on 34th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. Good Turkish.
Byblos, on 39th St., just east of 3rd. Good Lebanese food.
Lamazou, on 3rd, near the corner of 27th St. A little cheese shop that has excellent sandwiches and soups
Kalustyan's, on Lex, b/t 28th & 29th. On the street level, every nook and cranny is stuffed with the most far-reaching selection of Indian/Asian/Middle Eastern spices, condiments, grains, rice, etc.,etc. Upstairs, they sell freshly prepared foods, including the mujaddarah, a delicious pita-stuffed sandwich.
On the west side, I've heard very good things about the sandwiches at Salumeria Biellese, on 8th Av., b/t 28th & 29th Sts. (Note: They make their own fresh sausages that are served at the owner's restaurant, Biricchino, which is around the corner on 29th, just east of 8th.)
Happy crosstown driving and Bon Appetit!
Thanks RGR. I did this drive on Sunday and my wife wanted to grab a quick bite, but I wasn't sure where to stop. This helps. I've been wanting to try Carl's and I've been to Sarge's on Long Island. The others sound interesting too.
Sorry we missed you at Westlake on Saturday. Maybe next time.
Shorty's (formerly Tony Luke's, sort of...)
576 9th Ave., between 41st and 42nd Street.
Instead of the cheesesteak, get the Roast Pork Italian (juicy roast pork hero with broccoli rabe and provolone).
If you've got a sweet tooth and want something sweet for that drive stop at the Cupcake Cafe on 9th Ave 38th or 39th. They have savory things there too, but stop in and pick up an assortment of their small cupcakes (my favorite is the walnut with maple icing) for the road. And I have a friend who has lived in Hell's Kitchen for the last 20+ years or so, and he's always recommending an Italian place along that stretch of 9th near Port Authority for their meatball subs and other sandwiches. Trouble is he always recommends this place after we've had a few beers, and I can never remember the name of the place in the morning! It's supposedly famous, it's near the Pork Store. Can anyone help?
Cupcake is good, and so is Good and Plenty to go, which is right next door (43rd and 9th.) Lovely soups, and they sell ingredients you can assemble into meals, such as pasta that you can top with chicken, salmon, etc., as well as dishes like mac and cheese and veggies. I'll go for lunch and pick up something for dinner at the same time.
I like the 99 cent pizza place on the corner of 41st and 9th (right at the turn for the entrance of the Midtown Tunnel). I don't know why it is so good but we love their thin, chewy crust and since that is all they do all day/24 hours a day, they are not only really good at it but we have never had a reheated slice in 3 years! Give them a try. A whole pizza only costs $8 and they have a 1am discount- $5 pies. My cousin-in -law comes from Bethleham PA and buys two pies each time (one to take home and one to eat on the road).
I would like to throw in Soul Fixin's on the corner of 34th and 9th. Great soul food. everything there is good, especially the ribs.