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Help, pls.: Manhattan lunch, Tuesday, Wednesday.

the sobsister Mar 2, 2007 10:47 AM

I'll be in NYC next week. I want to try Momofuku Ssam on Monday and am looking for two other lunch recommendations from CityHounds. Any cuisine particularly E/SE/S Asian, anywhere in Manhattan, eating alone, under 35 bucks. I know I'm swallowing an ocean here but would appreciate hearing current faves, both obscure and obvious.


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    RGR RE: the sobsister Mar 2, 2007 03:37 PM

    Bao Noodles, on 2nd Av., b/t 22nd & 23rd Sts., is a Vietnamese restaurant. Best on the menu are the noodle soups. *Very* generous portions. Apps I like are the spring rolls and the green papaya salad.


    Devi serves sensational Indian cuisine. At lunch, they have a 3-course prix-fixe for $24.07. The selections are taken directly from their regular dinner menu. If your <$35 must include beverage, tax & tip, if you stick with tap water, you will be able to meet that budget.


    1. meggy978 RE: the sobsister Mar 2, 2007 06:00 PM

      Tomoe Sushi in the village. They are only open a few hours for lunch (go early bc there's usually a line down the sidewalk) but is regarded as one of the best sushi places in Manhattan and is still somewhat of a secret gem. Definitely get a piece of the Toro if you go.

      Good luck!

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        the sobsister RE: the sobsister Mar 3, 2007 03:55 PM

        Thanks for the tips. All sound great. Any thoughts on the Best Lobster Roll in Downtown debate?

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          RGR RE: the sobsister Mar 3, 2007 06:53 PM

          I've never been to Pearl's or Mary's. The one at Tides is very good but not exactly traditional.


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          hoon RE: the sobsister Mar 3, 2007 07:02 PM

          Mary's Fish Camp is a must. Best lobster roll (I have been to most of the known places that serve this). Pearl's is solid too as is BLT Fish Shack.

          Other lunch recs: Korea Town on 32nd has good Asian food. Republic is also cheap and good, as is Bao Noodles.

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