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smartie Jun 21, 2007 12:12 PM

meeting a bunch of friends tomorrow for lunch, one of whom is strictly kosher - the rest of us are Jews too!

any suggestions for something snacky such as falafel but where we can sit down (might be around 8 of us) in the 20s 30s or 40s around Broadway?


  1. r
    rebeccaLunch Jul 2, 2009 07:41 AM

    Circa Dairy on 33rd between 5th and 6th just opened up a falafel stand in the front window. I havent checked it out yet but the lines indicate that people are loving it! I usually go for the pasta or pizza. On ee xperience I had at Circa: I ordered a whole wheat pizza from Circa. This is a good lunch because the personal pie is quite big, so even if I don't eat the whole thing I know I will be full. It's also a good lunch on days when I don't know what on earth I am going to eat for dinner, since I can probably get away with a lighter dinner later in the evening. I also like Circa's pizza because I can specify light sauce, which is great since I hate very saucy pizza.

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    1. re: rebeccaLunch
      Kosher Critic Jul 2, 2009 08:02 AM

      R. Lunch, if you are eating pizza on 33rd between 5th and 6th, you owe it to yourself to try Rosa's in the Empire State Bldg (entrance on 33rd).

      1. re: Kosher Critic
        cheesecake17 Jul 2, 2009 09:58 AM

        I agree. The pizza at Rosa's is excellent- and their salads are really great too. I find the food to be fresher than at Circa.

        1. re: cheesecake17
          rebeccaLunch Jul 21, 2009 08:55 AM

          I think the slices look good at Rosas but I like that I can make my own personal pie at Circa - with less sauce.

          1. re: rebeccaLunch
            cheesecake17 Jul 22, 2009 08:13 AM

            If it works for you, enjoy it! Rosa's did have some pies w/o sauce..

            1. re: rebeccaLunch
              avitrek Jul 22, 2009 08:32 AM

              Does Rosas not let you order personal pies?

              1. re: avitrek
                cheesecake17 Jul 22, 2009 08:34 AM

                I don't think they have personal pies.. only slices.

                1. re: cheesecake17
                  rebeccaLunch Aug 27, 2009 08:44 AM

                  I just had a really bad experience at Rosas with personal pies. The guy was not very friendly about making the pizza the way I like it. The thing with Rosas is that a lot of there food looks good, but there is never anything I want to order. They have lots of specialty pizza slices which look kind of appealing and kind of odd. For example, one day this week, they had ceasar salad pizza. Anyway, they were advertising individual brick oven pizzas so I figured I could get a personal pie the way I like it, whole wheat, no veges with light sauce. When I asked the pizza man for it to be done that way, with regular mozarella and not fresh mozarella, he was not very pleased by my request. After the pizza was baked, he added fresh basil which is apparently standard for brick oven pizza. But I don't like basil so I started picking it off. The pizza man saw this, and in an unfriendly voice, asked me why I bothered to order his pizza if I wasn't going to eat it the way it was made. I told him that I had never asked for basil. He said that its just the way the pizza comes. I told him that at Circa, they make me pizza the way I like it. He said that if I liked Circa so much I should just eat there. I told him I would be sure to do so in the future. I took my pizza to my seat and ate it. The crust was thin and burnt and not doughy at all. The pizza had a weird flavor. I either don't like brick oven pizza or just don't like the attitude with which it was made, but I did not enjoy my lunch and I will be returning to my regular Circa routine. Find out more about Circa and Rosas here: http://whatrebeccaateforlunchtoday.bl...

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        smartie Jun 21, 2007 05:04 PM

        thanks for the suggestions, I will let my NY friends know.

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        1. re: smartie
          LoveKosherEats Jun 23, 2007 10:09 PM

          howd it go?

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          DeisCane Jun 21, 2007 01:12 PM

          I never tire of saying the best cheapish lunch in Manhattan is to be had at Taam Tov on 47th b/w 5th and 6th.

          1. l
            LoveKosherEats Jun 21, 2007 12:13 PM

            jerusalem 2 on 38th.

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