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Oct 29, 2007 08:17 AM

Lunch near Rockefeller Plaza?

Hey Chowhounders- my coworkers and I are always on the lookout for new lunch places amidst the corporate deli wasteland of central midtown. Can you give me some good suggestions? Here are my requirements:

1. inexpensive (ideally under $10)
2. yummy

bonus points:
1. we can eat there (so food trucks aren't as ideal, now that we can't sit outside)
2. we can actually get in during lunch

Thanks for you help!

Here are some of the places already on our list:

1. Margon (Cuban on 46th)
- a classic, tons of food, great vibe... and seen on "30 Rock"!

2. Minar (Indian on 46th)
- good food, quick line... the ladies can be kinda brusque. Also, hard to get a table.

3. Sapporo (Ramen on 49th)
- great ramen, fun staff

4. Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien (56th)
- max fun factor, but always slammed

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  1. Menchanko-Tei
    Have heard good things about the Hallo Berlin cart but haven't made it yet.

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    1. re: Lucia

      where is the Hallo Berlin cart? i've heard of it before..

      1. re: cstadler

        I believe it's on 54th St. between 5th and 6th (but almost on the corner w/5th).

    2. Sun yip for chinese food.
      taam tov for chicken kababs
      el rincon del sabor for ecuadorian food. It's like margon but with less salt or msg, so the flavor is not as strong. I like it al ot.
      That vietnamese place between 7th and 8th on 48th. Not the best vietnamese but it is an option.
      Pong sri which is right next to the vietnamese place. Not a fan but my coworkers are.
      Sukhadia for vegetarian indian.
      Park italian gourmet. It's definitely not gourmet. It's like italian food, you make yourself at home. They also have fairly large sandwiches. I like this place though.
      Ambrosia deli has korean food. Not the best korean food but it's korean food.
      The 3 japanese places on 41st between madison and 5th.

      You can bring them back or find an atrium inside a building somewhere to eat.

      The kwik meal cart.
      The jamaican dutchy cart.
      The pizza truck.

      Hallo berlin is super slow. super super slow. Just get the sausages everyone else gets otherwise you may end up with a dried shriveled up sausage that's been sitting around too long.

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      1. re: randumbposter

        woohoo! randumb, you're paydirt! i'll def. look these places up.

        re: atriums -> can you list a few that you like?

        1. re: randumbposter

          Seriously. great post, randumb. Many of those are good options.

          I'd emphasize Taam Tov and Sukhadia's.

          And I'd add:

          Oms/B -- the line looks intimidating, but it moves pretty fast. Teeny eating area.

          Cafe Duke -- just for the Korean food in the back; it's not the best Korean food, but it's Korean. There're eating areas in the cafe.

          There's a great blog devoted to this very subject:

        2. hey- i've made a google map of the places you recommended:

          1. For Chinese, I'd recommend Hing Won on 48th between 5th and 6th. Be sure and get in the second line. The first is for people getting stuff from the steam tables (typical Chinese-American fare). The second line is for people ordering items from their menu.

            Things I strongly recommend are:

            Dan Dan Noodle Soup
            Soy Sauce Chicken over Rice
            Chinese Style Beef Stew Noodle Soup
            Bitter Melon with Chicken

            This place is fast and cheap (about $7 with a drink). It can be crowded but has seating upstairs too.

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              1. re: cstadler

                It's in the post :P "48th between 5th and 6th"

            1. okay, it's more like hell's kitchen but I made a new discovery today that I was so excited about. It's called Empanada Mama's - the tamales and arepas were so awesome as were the accompanying sauces. I need to go back for the empanadas. Really, it's not too far - just about 5-10 minutes from the UBS bldg where I work (51st and 6th) Most menu items were under 10 bucks and the place is quite cute.

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                1. re: cstadler

                  Sorry, it's at 9th ave - between 51st and 52nd st.