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May 8, 2008 08:51 AM

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

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

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

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

    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.

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    1. re: RGR

      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.

      1. re: cabster

        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.

        1. re: cabster

          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.

          1. re: a_and_w

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

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        1. 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.

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