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our office just moved to a new location on 30th street and 5th avenue; not sure what that area is called, but basically, boxed in by a bunch of other neighborhoods.

specifically, looking for a good bakery for cakes (we used to be in tribeca near umanoff and parson's wholesale bakery) but also, any other interesting eats/finds around here? heard about a good garment district hidden cuban place a long time ago; had lunch at tiffin wallah already and of course in k-town; anything else cool?

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  1. Walk down 30th to Lex and go to Penelope. Its a treat to eat lunch there with no lines.

    1. Yeah, you're kind of in the middle of neighborhoods. I used to work in the area a long time ago. The cuban place is called Sophie's on Madison. You've also got Golden Crust for Carribean food nearby. Curry Hill isn't too far away around Lexington and 28th Street. Turkish Kitchen is on third ave and 28th street for very good Turkish -- though it's not too much of a quick lunch place. Not sure how far you're willing to go, but there's Olympic Pita on 38th between 5th and 6th, and Pick-a-pita (hidden Garment District) on 38th between 7th and 8th for falafel, etc. Oh, and Sczechuan Gourmet on 39th between 5th and 6th.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        is that the sophie's that has chains all over the place? the place I'm thinking of is in the first floor of an anon office building, or behind some weird door or something; same cuisine, but crazy hidden or something along those lines. thanks for all these tips; forgot about all those kosher places (kosher delight and the place across the street from it, mr. broadway??).

        any thoughts on carts? I will check out midtownlunch.com as well.

        1. re: bigjeff

          I was referring to the Sophie chain. Guess I don't know about the hidden Cuban place you're talking about.

          For carts -- I love the Trini-pak cart on 43rd and 6th, but not sure if this is too far away for you. There's another cart on, I believe, it's 30th and 5th that seems to have long lines, but I don't think they're open until 5P or so. Then there are the crazy lines at Shake Shack (I don't think it's worth it unless there are only about five people ahead of you). Depending on how much time you have for lunch, while you're not really in a neighborhood per se, you're pretty central to lots of places. Northbound, you've also got Lazzara on 38th around 7th Ave for decent pizza, Go Go Curry on 38th and 7th for Japanese-style curry, Minar on 31st for Indian, Wichcraft in Bryant Park and starwich on 38th between 5th and 6th for sandwiches. If you're in the mood for a more luxurious lengthy lunch, there's Artisanal on 32nd and Park.

          1. re: bigjeff

            I have always enjoyed mr broadway - food is good and a cuisine to satisfy anyones tastes -

        2. The halal cart on 28th and Madison is passable and it always has a long line, which is a pretty good sign. It is not in the same league as the Kwik cart on 44th? and 6th, but it has pretty tasty chicken and rice. There is a bakery on 27th and 3rd that has good looking italian baked goods and might have the cakes you are looking for.

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          1. re: salmonskin

            when it starts to get cold, the ramen and jigaes served up out of the back of the korean take-out place "woo ri jip" will warm you up at low cost. it's not fancy and i'm not saying it's the best korean food ever, but the place is packed with koreans every day and that's probably a good sign.