quit my crappy job, lunch near new job (41st/Mad)?
- MB fka MB Jun 27, 2008 07:54 AM
I'm still very new to the city and I've tried to do some research, but it's hard to figure out what is really nearby. I work near the Library by 41st and Madison.
Where are the good lunch time eats? Delis gross me out sometimes, as do those giant salad bars/bufffets. I'm happy with cheap eats, and I'll do carts (I'm a big fan of the Kwik cart) and I wouldn't mind a couple of suggestions for a sit-down lunchtime meal when I need a real break from the office.
Any tips for me?
I can't offer recs on carts since I don't go to them but the one lunch place that I think is worth going to (I work on 40th and 5th) is Dishes on 45th between 5th and Madison. It has soups, salads, sandwiches and a hot/cold food bar but they do it in a much nicer way that the usual deli; it's a bit more expensive but it's totally worth it. On a rough day, or even a good day at work, their coconut crusted chicken fingers are really good. The place gets packed at prime lunch times and best described as zoo-like but it's worth going through the crowd to buy food there. They have tables to stay there but I've always taken food out.
Otherwise there are a bunch of chain lunch places like Pret a Manger, Hale and Hearty, etc. on 42nd between 5th and 6th which are all about the same in terms of quality.
If you need a nicer sit down meal, there is Pera on Madison and 41st which I think has very good Mediterranean food (pricey but good). There is also Naples 45 for pizza which I haven't tried yet but have heard very good things about. There is also Bryant Park Grille which up until recently I thought was pretty underwhelming but recently had a surprisingly good meal there (it was expensed so probably that helped lessen expectations).
Hope this helps!
I second Dishes. Our office got sandwiches, salad, and cookies catered from there. Excellent! Especially the cookies, which were amazing. They had possibly the best oatmeal raisin cookies I've ever eaten, sweetened with fruit juice and pieces of fruit. I later found out that these are apparently diabetic-friendly, too. I'll have to pick up some of those for my father sometime.
I didn't know they were expensive, though, as I've never walked down there. That's disappointing, but I'd say their food is worth it. Anyway, just about everything is expensive here in Midtown. I hate working here.
Yagura is one of my favorite japanese places. It is on 41st Street 5th bet. Mad. A hole in the wall, but cheap and good. Used to go all the time when I was in the area.
you should take a look at midtownlunch.com. interesting stuff sometimes.
szechuan gourmet is on 39th between 5th/6th if u like spicy.
keen's on 36th between 5th/6th for a sitdown place.
Chiyoda, next to Cafe Zaiya gives you more fish options than Zaiya does.
If you have about an hour you can hop on the B/D and have lunch at the Chinatown places near the Grand St. station. I'm at 40th and 5th and do this 1-2x a week.
Another vote for Cafe Zaiya and Chioda. Lots of options, fresh food and good prices. Most always packed. The spicy tuna sandwich at Cafe Zaiya is great, as are many of their boxes. Chioda has some good take out sushi and salads (their shrimp salad, on a bed of greens, is great). Dishes is also very good, but priced on the high side. Bread and Olive, on East 45th, off of Fifth, has good Middle Eastern fare. Also, the take out window for the Oyster Bar, in Grand Central, is a good option.
re: MB fka MB
I just drove up Madison on our way home from USQ - maybe as you were posting(!) - and it occurred to me that the little cafe in the Morgan Library would be a nice lunch respite for you. I've only had tea there, but the food was good. Menu:
Not open Mondays.
oms/b for omusubi isn't too far away from you (between lex and 3rd on 45th). they have (crowded) tables for eat in. most ppl do take out.
on 45th between 5th and 6th, there's sukhadia's for decent chaat and good indian sweets. indus express three blocks up on 48th has even better chaat and a so-so, mostly n. indian food steam table (behind glass, not the kind where customers dribble one dish into the other and surreptitiously taste or anything yucky like that)
taam tov on 47th between 5th and 6th (kosher bukharan... better than it might sound) is still strong. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...
41 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
156 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017
17 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036