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Lunch place between Penn Station and 53rd/54th and 6th Avenue

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cabster May 8, 2008 08:51 AM

I'm traveling to NYC by train and am looking for a casual lunch place between Penn Station and my hotel (New York Hilton) at 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. I like ethnic food, in particular Mediterranean food, but am open to suggestions. A deli would be fine as well, although I will be meeting friends at the Second Ave. deli the next day. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

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    RGR May 8, 2008 10:52 AM

    Keens is on 36th, b/t 5th & 6th. The Pub Room is nice for lunch. Delicious food and unmatchable Old NY ambiance.

    http://www.keens.com

    Akdeniz is a Turkish restaurant on 46th, b/t 5th & 6th. I haven't been, but Hounds who have praise the food.

    http://www.akdenizturkishusa.com

    Wu Liang Ye, on 48th, b/t 5th & 6th, serves very good Szechuan cuisine. Menu on menupages.com.

    If you want to go a bit upscale, the Bar Room at the Modern, in MoMA, 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th, is adjacent to the Hilton.

    http://www.themodernnyc.com

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      cabster May 8, 2008 04:23 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions. The Turkish place is particularly appealing. Any other ideas, anyone? Maybe a not too expensive and not too much food? Thanks again.

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        uwsgrazer May 8, 2008 05:05 PM

        This recent post overlaps with yours somewhat; maybe you will find some possibilities. Remi To Go is high on my list to try when I get a chance, perhaps as early as tomorrow. There are also a couple of good Japanese restaurants for the money, on West 55th between 5/6: Menchanko-tei and Onigashima. The former is a bit less expensive.

        http://www.menchankotei.com/

        http://www.onigashima.com/

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/516858

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          a_and_w May 9, 2008 08:39 AM

          I would stop off at the Kati Roll Co. on 39th btw 5th and 6th for a couple of chicken rolls (basically, Indian burritos). If you're a little hungrier, Olympic Pita on 38th btw 5th and 6th is also excellent. I like the falafel on lavash. Another possibility is Sukhadia Sweets on 45th btw 5th and 6th for vegetarian Indian food.

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            cabster May 9, 2008 12:14 PM

            Both Olympic Pita and Kati Roll Co. sound like what I'm looking for. I appreciate your suggestions.

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        Blumie May 8, 2008 08:28 PM

        Try some NYC street food. I recommend the lamb on rice (extra hot, if that's to your liking) from Kwik Meal, a cart on the southwest corner of 45th Street and 6th Avenue.

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          Cpalms May 9, 2008 12:47 PM

          checkout Yakatori Totto, you might enjoy that and is close to geographical range (check their lunch hours)...all the midtown delis suck, particularly Carnegie...

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