Where to get lunch @ 54th and 10th Ave?
Just relocated to NYC from LA. My new office is on 54th between 10th and 11th. Don't have much time to run out and get lunch, so I can't walk too far, but I would love to find some great, food close by. I am very open to what type of food. Carts, ethnic, sandwiches, inexpensive and quick is good. Thanks so much for the help!
I've worked right on that block for the last couple years. There is tons of stuff in that area. I'll recommend some of my favorite work options that also fit your criteria. All these have menus on Menupages, and they are in no particular order:
Italian: Casabianca, on 10th and 57th. Delicious, copious amounts of pasta/sauce and great value. It's the cheapest thing in the area for what you're getting. The penne a la vodka is soooo tasty. It's not an attractive place, but delivery is quick and it's close enough to pick up.
Mexican: Burrito Box, on 9th between 57th & 58th. Cheap, shockingly filling burritos. They have a nice fresh salsa too that comes with a greasy bag of chips with every order. It's another hole-in-the-wall place but delivery is very fast. They do not let you call for pickup, but you can order in and take out.
Greek: Greek Kitchen is my favorite, on 58th and 10th. A lot of people like Uncle Nick's too, but I ended up preferring Greek Kitchen.
Thai: Wondee Siam. There's also Wondee Siam II. The way I judge the two is that II is better looking, but the regular Wondee Siam has better food. Wondee Siam II is on 9th and 54th, and Wondee Siam is on 9th and 53rd, on the other side of the street.
General: Georgio's, on 53rd and 9th. Just a solid, all-purpose menu - wraps, pastas, sandwiches, breakfast, entrees. Delicious shakes too.
General #2: Vynl, on 9th and 51st I think. Again with wraps, sandwiches, but different options from Georgio's. Very tasty, along with some Thai offerings that I never tried.
Falafel: Azuri Cafe, as already mentioned. Incredibly delicious and cheap, but the dude hates people. Delivery is not recommended- go and order it there.
Chinese: Mee Noodle, 9th and 53rd. Better than your average Chinese takeout. Tonnssss of options- pay attention to the noodle soups too.
Indian: Kiran is on 53rd between 9th and 10th. It's okay. They have lunch specials.
If you just want a deli sandwich, I recommend taking the walk to 9th Avenue to get it from 54 Royal, which is on the corner of 54th and 9th.
I'm probably leaving some stuff out, but I think those were the places I ordered from most often. If you're in the mood for a Grilled Asian Chicken Salad, call Eatery. Never found a Japanese place in the immediate area that I loved, and I love Japanese food. If you have any specific cuisine questions let me know and I might be able to think of some other places.
Oh, there's also a tiny coffee shop called Café Olé on 54th between 9th and 10th, right across from Sony Music Studios (which, sadly, is closing this summer). With the studio going out of business, they will probably lose a lot of customers. You should go there and get coffee. They froth the milk for each coffee. The paninis are delicious too but take a long time to make -- but are worth the wait if you have time- especially the chicken artichoke one, mmmm -- and they have some salad and sandwich options. Good soups and good chili when they have it.
Italian: Ralph's 9th and 56th
General: Nook (not sure if they do lunch though) 9th and 53rd
Chinese: West Side Chef 57th between 9th and 10th
Thai: Thai Basil on 9th at 56th
Sushi: Mantra 56th and 9th (great lunch special!)