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May 21, 2008 06:48 PM

29th & 7th/8th

Just moved into an office space on 29th St between 7th & 8th Aves. I haven't gotten a good handle on the food situation yet. Looking for lunch options. Any standouts or hidden gems I should know about within a few blocks of there?

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  1. there is a dominican counter place I believe on . . . 26th or 28th between 6th and 7th, south side of the street with great breakfasts. there is a good eggplant parm to be had at new pizza town II or whatever the name is, right on the corner, and it has to be well-done, HOT, and its delicious. can't think of any good 8th avenue eats around there, or 7th avenue eats either.

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    1. re: bigjeff

      Greek Corner on 7th at 27th(??) does great gyros. If they have the lemon egg soup, that's delicious, as well. Al's Deli at 34th and 7th has pretty decent sandwiches and hot food. On 38th btw 7th and 8th, there's Lazarra's Pizza and Pick-A-Pita. Further east is Olympic Pita btw 5th and 6th. I also like Waldy's for pizza over on 6th Ave.

      1. re: a_and_w

        I second Waldy's. If you're not a picky eater, give the sunny side egg pizza a shot. I've had all their pizzas, most numerous times, and that's actually the one I keep coming back to, now that I don't go there as much any more. Check the pie of the day too - if it's any one with chicken sausage, get it!

        1. re: joeyz

          Never tried the egg pizza, but it looked quite tasty. One pie to avoid, imo, is the lamb with preserved lemons.

    2. Don't know anything right there, but...

      BBQ Chicken (7th @ 24th) is a korean chain that's landed in the states. olive oil fried chicken... spicy or specially seasoned. not lite but very tasty.

      Tebaya (19th @ 7th) serves a special style of japanese chicken wings. Delicious and cheap lunch specials. Prob too far to walk but their delivery is quick and reliable.

      Grand Sichuan (9th at 24th) might be in range for you for excellent chinese and the occassional soup dumpling craving.

      Blue Dog Cafe on 2th between 6th & 7th is great for soups and sandwiches.

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      1. re: thievery

        Manhattan Heroes on 27th and 7th Ave. Good Cuban/Spanish food and heroes. MH deserves the business because the staff is friendly and they have been in the neighborhood for a long, long time.

        Sirtaj on 26th St between 6th Ave and Broadway. Good Indian food.

        Cafe Grumpy on 20th St between 7th and 8th Aves. Good coffee.

        1. re: fsd1116

          ya too bad that poor place has totally been co-opted by their new "tenants"? but yes, I love that place, love the people and their specials are always good. wonder if they are still serving their tortilla on a hero, basically a frittata in various flavors on a hero. dipped in ketchup bite-by-bite, an amazing lunch.

          1. re: bigjeff

            I hear you. But I'd take Manhattan Heroes over Subway or that expensive burger place on 7th Ave any day! BTW OP - There's a Chipotle on 26th and 7th. IMHO, they are pretty decent.

          2. re: fsd1116

            Ran across this month-old blog entry that says in passing that Manhattan Heroes "is no longer" (scroll down to No. 10). Is that so?


            1. re: squid kun

              I walked by Manhattan Heroes today. They appear to be in business with the addition of a frozen yogurt franchise. BTW - I forgot to mention relative newcomer Brooklyn Bagels on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th Sts. Nice people, good bagels. And they toast!

            2. re: fsd1116

              I actually gave up on Manhattan Heroes after two very unpleasant experiences with the staff.

            3. re: thievery

              Try Szechuan Gourmet instead of Grand Sichuan -- much better, imo.

            4. there's kofoo on 8th avenue, just south of 27th Street for korean kimbop and the like.

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              1. re: bigjeff

                I have worked in that area for four years and just came across Kofoo -- I am SO SO happy about it. I order a lot from Waldy's, Monster Sushi on 23rd and 7th, Pongsri on 23 between 6 and 7 (although their customer service is pretty poor)

              2. Penelope's (Lexington and 30th).

                1. Monster Sushi on 23rd is decent -- fish is fresh, and delivery is fast...... but.... it's kinda dull :) Waldy's is good and fun... definitely recommended. There are the usual fast-food-ish places like Chipotle and Cosi -- both are what you'd expect from those locations (the Cosi now has a really good manager -- a few months ago they went through a lot of staff turn over at the 23rd St location, but the guy in charge now is really good).

                  Grand Sichuan on 9th sounds far for you to go, but the food rocks... excellent food, and you can get delivery.