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Lunch near MOMA under $15?

I'm on a tight budget and would like to have a decent lunch near MOMA for under $15. Does that sound possible at the MOMA cafe or are La Bonne Soupe or a street cart better options? TIA

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  1. You are near the best street cart in Manhattan, imo, Hallo Berlin. For $9 you get the dictator's special. Two wurst with the works, curry sauce, cabbage, potatoes, onion and bread. This also comes with soup. Hallo Berlin makes awesome soup. No one ever talks about it but I love the soup.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      The Hallo Berlin cart sounds great but where is it? Is there a place nearby to sit down and eat? Is it there during the week?

      1. re: efdee

        NW corner of 54th and 5th. It's there all week. You can eat standing up at the cart or you can take the food to Paley Park on 53rd btwn 5th and Madison.

    2. I'd go for La Bonne Soupe, though, I think their soup meal might be just over your price limit--$16 or 17. Very filling, though; a good deal for the money. There's a Baluchi's on 56th btwn B'way and 8th, where you might be able to swing under $15 and still get a sit down meal. LBS is much, much better, IMHO, though.

      1. If you like Japanese (ramen, tonkatsu, and that kind of thing), you could try Sapporo at 152 W 49th St. It's dirt cheap and reasonably good.

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        1. re: banquo

          sapporo is great and a great deal. the soups and noodles are the main draw and among the best around, but the gyoza with rice is a great deal for under ten bucks. you can grab a beer too if the mood strikes

          1. re: david sprague

            I agree about Sapporo. Great yakisoba.

          2. re: banquo

            I think both Menchanko-Tei and Menkui-Tei are better and closer.

          3. do you mean the cafe inside the MOMA? If so, nothing to write home about. I'd rather go to La Bonne Soupe (although w/tax, tip, etc., it might be slightly above your budget), Menchanko Tei, or Burger Joint.

            1. I actually enjoy the quasi-cafeteria on the 2nd floor of MoMA. Very acceptable food (Danny Meyer run, I believe) and pleasant enough surroundings for the money. If you're careful you could eat for under $15. You could skip the drink since they actually have a water station, I think. I think there may be a 10% or so service charge on your bill so just keep that in mind. Portions aren't huge, though, and I'm a fairly light eater, just to put things in perspective.

              I work in the neighborhood and unfortunately it's slim pickings. There is some sort of deli down the block towards Fifth Avenue. If it's not on W 53rd then it's on W 52nd. Nothing exceptional - kind of like a Europan operation, but not. You can sit down at least.

              Oh, there's Remi on the Go which is kind of between buildings between 6th and 7th and between 53rd and 54th, I think. I walked by it the other day but haven't visited yet. That would be your best bet!



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              1. re: uwsgrazer

                2nd the rec for remi's to go. also fresco to go on 52nd bet park and mad. dishes on park and 52nd. my fave for sit down served or to go would be certe on 53rd (?).

              2. You've got the famous chicken and lamb cart at 53rd and 6th during the lunchtime. I believe around 51st or 52nd and 6th, you've got a whole bunch of tables and chairs you can sit down to eat. For $5 you'll get more food than you can eat. Here's an article that will help you to decipher which cart is the correct one.


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                1. re: Miss Needle

                  I was about to say! That place is wildly popular even into the night. I've been on my way to dinner at the Modern and nearly tempted to cancel by the wafting smells and happy smiles around that halal truck.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Yeah, when we were dating DH would ask me to stop off after work to pick up food from the cart. I generally would get there after 8P and wait for at least half an hour. Thank goodness that I don't have to wait on that line anymore!

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      I dont think the right cart is there at lunchtime--it shows up around 7:30 pm

                      1. re: Produce Addict

                        Mid-town Lunch did an investigation and the Halal cart is indeed there during the day. The cart is on the SE Corner of 53rd and 6th. Same bags, same food. Check it out for yourself.

                  2. re: Miss Needle

                    The Halal Cart just raised their price to $6. Still an incredible bargain.

                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      I'm not surprised. Definitely still a good deal. The Trini-Pak cart didn't raise their prices but cut down on the portions.

                  3. there is a thai place on 54th bet. 5th and 6th across the street from the MOMA that has good lunch specials and will definitely fit your budget. I have only been once, but enjoyed the noodle dish that I had. It also comes with either salad or spring roll.

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                    1. re: G3B

                      That's New York Thai Grill and Sushi Bar, which I was just going to recommend. We order from there for lunch 3-4 times a week. Their lunch specials are $9 and are fairly filling - they offer thai and japanese/sushi options. You could also go to Joe's Shanghai, although it's a little pricey to eat in IMHO.