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Feb 24, 2008 04:37 PM

22nd and park ave south-lunch question

I work on 22nd street and park ave south and I don't know where to eat. I know of shack shake which is great and taramind which is great, but a litte pricey. I'm really at a loss and I'm not a fan of the place called big Daddys. Does anyone have any good places that they really like?

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  1. I love: L'Express's croque monsieur, Via Emilia, Giorgio's of Gramercy, Bar Stuzzichini, Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, Tisserie, Los Dos Molinos, Bao Noodles...

    1. I would second Via Emilia and L'Express, and I would also add Kitchen 22. None are very expensive.

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      1. re: 10yrresident

        Kitchen 22 has been closed for many years.

        1. re: ESNY

          Kitchen 22 closed only eight months ago (in June).

          To the OP: if you don't like Big Daddy's Diner, you may want to check out Comfort Diner on 23rd between Fifth and Sixth. It's a better diner in my opinion. Also a cuisine that hasn't been mentioned yet is Chinese. My favorite in the area is The Cottage which is on Irving Place (a short walk from your office). Also, you're within walking distance of Curry Hill and all of the Indian restaurants over there (all of which are much less expensive than Tamarind--albeit less fancy and creative).

      2. Since you mentioned you work in the area, I'm guessing you wouldn't need to go somewhere and have a sit down meal every day for lunch...

        On 23rd & Park you have Pax which is basic salads & sandwiches, a little further up on Park Ave btwn 23rd & 24th you have New York Burger Co... for good Italian I recommend LaMarca's on 22nd & 3rd and Mozzarelli's on 23rd btwn Park & Madison... I hope that helps!

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        1. re: mc123

          In the quick lunch dept., also in the neighborhood are Organique (a fancy sandwich place) and Bonobo (a non-fancy but pricey vegetarian/macrobiotic? take-out).

          1. re: jakew8

            Second Organique...I can't believe I forgot to mention! That place has the best salad ingredients.


          2. re: mc123

            I've always found NY Burger Co's burgers to be dry and overdone. But the sauces are nice. I always go to Shake Shack instead.

            1. re: mc123

              Please never ever go to NY Burger Co. They thrive only because the perceived lack of decent lunch options in this area has lowered everyone's standards to somewhere betwixt the gutter and the sewer. No matter how you try to dress up their juiceless, tasteless patties, that place is a burger disaster. Somehow they've managed to reproduce (the original location is over on 6th ave), and I fear the gremlin effect.

              Seriously, stay far far away, and just in case, never get them wet.

              Curry Hill has been hounded to death on this board, but I'll quickly throw out recommendations for Saravannah's (Southern vegetarian Indian fare presented cleanly in a polished environment), Tiffin Wallah (again, vegetarian, possibly the best lunch buffet deal going @ $6.50, but the flavors can be somewhat muted when compared to their a la carte offerings), and the upstairs counter at Kalustyans (Mujadarrah sandwich works for me every time, but play around with their combinations based on whatever looks good).

              Roomali is indeed very tasty but I always end up needing 2 rolls to fill me up, and $10+ is a lot to spend on what amounts to Indian street food.

              Molly's often gets ignored as a lunchtime option, but if your hunger is insatiable then their burger is always a worthy adversary.

              I second the recommendation for Lamazou, and do so as enthusiastically as is possible without the use of exclamation points.

              Decent thai can be had via delivery from Pongsri on 23rd and 7th, but tread carefully and make sure they get the message when you want something spicy. Zabb City Thai will also deliver up to 23rd and Park if you press them, but avoid all curries and don't ask for more than 3 stars' worth of spice if you want to taste any other flavors.

              I've been able to coerce Olympic Pita into delivering down to 21st and Park, and I dare anyone to find a heartier $7 lunch than their falafel sandwich on laffa bread (delivered with a salad of assorted pickles and vegetables). Rainbow Falafel is also just 5 blocks south on 17th and Broadway, but they tend to be so swamped at lunchtime that delivery requests prove futile.

              If you're ever on a budget and feel like slumming it, Sirtaj delivers some tasty no-frills Indian specialties (try the eggplant), and The Great Burrito actually makes a decent $5 torta in spite of what the dingy appearances at each establishment might suggest.

              Zabb City
              244 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

              370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Tiffin Wallah
              127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

              165 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

              Rainbow Falafel
              26 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

              Olympic Pita
              58 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

              36 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

              97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Great Burrito
              100 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: CalJack

                Actually, NY Burger Co. was on Park long before they opened the 6th Ave location.

                Via Emilia, and Homes Kitchen on 21st bet.Broadway and Park for above-average Chinese.

            2. Delicious take-out sandwiches: Lamazou! Absolutely wonderful.
              Kati rolls: Roomali

              You can also get Blue Smoke to go for lunch but it's a little pricey, too.

              1. if you don't mind a place where you can grab something and go, would definitely reccomend bruno ravioli for their sandwiches. its the best eggplant parm i've ever had. i think it's on 1st between 22nd and 23rd. used to go there all the time when i worked on park and 23rd. worth the walk over if it's nice out. they're pasta is eh, but their sandiches are great.