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Apr 9, 2008 10:11 AM

Lunch Spots Around Park + East 33rd

Started a new job on Park Avenue and 33rd Street. Any good lunch spots suggestions?

Things like
Good Deli

and anything else that's good.


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  1. I'd pop into Pamplona for a hamburger and churros if I were in the area - didn't have good luck with other dishes there, but those are worth returning for.

    37 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Their "secret" take out and delivery menu is amazing. Everything is made to order. They have salad, four sandwiches (I tried steak and avocado, and the chicken and avocado), and two or three daily soups (gazpacho, blue cheese, tomato-water sorbet when I went). The most expensive thing on the menu is $5.95 (the sandwiches)! That's insane. A nice 12" baguette, about 2" wide, with good shredded lettuce (not iceberg), four slices of tomato, aioli, and a medium skirt steak cut into four chunks. Served warm. Takes about 10 minutes to make them. There must have bee at least 4 oz of meat (still pink on the inside) on my sandwich! What a great deal.

      The secret menu isn't listed on their web site or on Menupages or even in the windows of the restaurant.

      1. re: kathryn

        Is that pamplona you're referring to?

        1. re: brooklynsavory

          Yes, Pamplona! It's great. I've been telling every one in my office about their great deal...

          1. re: kathryn

            How does one get their "secret" take-out and delivery menu? Do you just ask for it?

            1. re: Miss Needle

              You need to walk in the door and ask for it from the maitre'd or at the bar. It is not on Menupages. It is not on their web site. It is not posted in their window. It exists apparently only in physical form at the restaurant itself.

        2. re: kathryn

          I just had the bistec sandwich from Pamplona--really delicious and such a good deal! The takeout menu is now posted in the window and also out on the bar where it was immediately offered to us--what do you wanna bet that's a direct result of this thread? (But it's not as "secret" anymore...)

          1. re: kathryn

            Their chicken and avocado sandwich is still delicious, and a bargain at < $7.

            The takeout menu is now online, which I just noticed:

          2. re: MMRuth

            On the Pamplona tip, I'd also like to mention the amazing take-out-only lunch specials for under $6. The Grilled Chicken or Steak with Avocado Hero is truly delicious.


            1. re: FuDee

              See my post May 31, 2008 04:58PM from above :)

          3. Definitely Pamlona! I'm a huge fan of Chef/owner Alex Urena's Spanish cuisine. Thus, while I agree totally with MMRuth about the hamburguesa and the churros -- just thinking about the is making me drool -- we've been extremely pleased with everything we've had there. So, I suggest you give some other items on the lunch menu a try as well.


            You are a block away from the new incarnation of the 2nd Ave. Deli, which is on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd. I have not been yet. It has gotten decidedly mixed review on this board. Also, I am on the e-mail list of Arthur Schwartz, "The Food Maven," and he recently sent out a message in which he wrote an absolutely *scathing* review of the 2nd Av. Deli. He said he couldn't believe how bad the food was. So, caveat emptor!

            AQ Cafe, in the Scandinavian House, on Park Av., b/t 37th & 38th Sts., is a satellite of Aquavit, which means that Chef Marcus Samuelsson is reponsible for the Cafe's menu of hot dishes (Love those Swedish meatballs!), soups, sandwiches, salads, etc. It's a cafeteria set-up with lots of tables in the large, attractive lobby.

            Sarge's Deli is on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th. Excellent pastrami sandwiches, plus a menu that is diner-like in scope. If you don't feel like shlepping there, they deliver.

            Ethos, on 3rd, b/t 33rd & 34th Sts., serves very good Greek food.


            Ali Baba, on 34th, b/t 2nd & 3rd, serves very tasty Turkish food.

            Carl's Cheesesteaks is on 3rd, b/t 34th & 35th Sts. It's mainly take-out. They deliver.


            Note: For those places without a website, you can find menus on

            1. Ali Baba on 34th & 3rd is very good Turkish food. I believe they have lunch specials too.

              1. I work in the area, too, and often go to Roomali (chicken tikka rolls--yum!), Tasty's (unlimited toppings for your salad), ThaiNY (love their noodles in spicy basil and chili sauce), Umi Sushi (not a fan of raw fish, but I like their Vitamin C and Ocean rolls) and Rice (their vegetarian meatballs are great).

                For longer sit-down lunches, I've enjoyed Tabla Bread Bar, A Voce and Blue Smoke. Campanile also has good no-frills Italian, and the staff there is always friendly and attentive.

                And of course, there's Shake Shack!

                1. on 3rd & 33rd there is a blockheads and a caliente cab. both good options for mexican, especially a happy hr spot. i know we are talking lunch. iron sushi on 30th & 3rd is good and pita grill across the st is good as well. there is also a bagel place around 33rd which is really good. they are always so nice. pizza 33 is on the corner. the deli across from them is ok for a simple sandwich.

                  i second thainy. guy and gallard is a good option as well. there is one on 34th & lex and one on park in the upper 20's i believe.

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                  1. re: mch

                    Sorry for the late reply, but Caliente Cab is horrible! One of the worst meals I had in the last few years was at that branch.