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Holes in the wall/takeout

Hello! My boyfriend and I are staying at 136 W 55th Street in NYC for the next 6 months. We're looking for good takeout/delivery and hole-in-the-wall type places within 10-15 mins walk of the address given. Complexity of food and hipness of establishment not really an issue - we just want good eating of any kind. Middle Eastern, American and South American especially, but it all works. BBQ of any provenance, too.

I can offer Montreal recs in return, thanks. :)

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  1. You'll like Tehuitzingo (sp?) on 10th ave in the high 40s for authentic (no Taco Bell) tacos and tortas. It's actually a deli, and the food is located in the back. One of the better Mexican joints in NYC.

    1. I'd recommend taking a short walk to 9th and 10th Aves. There are many good, local spots. Rice & Beans for Brazilian; Uncle Nick's for Greek; Hell's Kitchen for Mexican (high end); Burritoville for Mexican (inexpensive); Hall Berlin for German; Daisy Mae's for BBQ (on 11th Ave). If you don't mind a quick trip to Chelsea, check out Hill Country BBQ. IMHO, it's one of the best in Manhattan.

      BTW - I'd avoid Carnegie and Stage Delis. You can get better deli in Montreal.

      OK... Where's the best poutine? Montreal bagels?

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      1. re: fsd1116

        I just had Uncle Nick's the other day, I definitely 2nd, very tasty :)

        1. re: fsd1116

          btw, montrealfoodie, fsd's suggestion of walking along 9th and 10th ave is a really good one. there are numerous, inexpensive, tasty places on those streets. there are also more restaurants in this area that are -- importantly for you -- open on the later end. it might be more fun for you and your SO to browse the options for yourself.

          uncle nick's and hill country might be in a higher price range than you want. not too hole in the wall (tho they serve good food).

          1. re: cimui

            you could try either Queen of Sheba or Meskerem (both Ethiopian) in the 40s/10th Ave. Good and quite cheap.

        2. Tulcingo 10th and 46th I think, really good spanish food - kind of hard to find middle of the block west side of the street, 10th and about 49th Desi Deli and Desi Junction, both great cheap indian takeout. La Paloma, mexican take out 45th and 9th

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          1. Why the neighborhood constraints? It's incredibly easy to get around by subway, and you'd have a lot more to choose from. That's a pretty desperate area for good food. Unlike Montreal, you really don't need a car to get from neighborhood to neighborhood, and in fact would be hindered by one in many cases.

            1. Definitely do the Halal carts on Ave of the Americas. ... remember it's a night thing.

              Look --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBHA2...

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              1. re: Cheese Boy

                You can get the same Halal cart food during the day on the SE corner of 53rd and 6th during the day as reported by midtown lunch and I can confirm.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Yeah, I've done it, too. The cart on the east side of the st. is certainly there at lunch time.