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Jul 24, 2008 06:45 AM

Lunch options - lower EAST 20s area

Hey - I just started a new job. I work on 23rd between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Anyone have recommendations for good food for lunch around here? I'm willing to go from say 14th street to 29th Street, from 1st Ave to Park. I did discover Artichoke Basille pizza which is awesome. Any cuisine, nothing too expensive. Take out or casual dining preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Bao! Yum. 2nd Avenue between 23rd and 22nd
    Franks Trattoria has incredible pizza- 1st between 22nd and 21st.
    Bruno's ravioli for any kind of sandwich...
    Vanessa's dumplings on 14th between 2nd and third for fantastic dumplings
    Tossed for a good salad....park between 23rd and 21st

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    1. re: kcijones001

      There's a 'wichcraft somewhere around there too...

    2. You have tons of great Indian options: Tiffin Wallah (excellent buffet); Chennai Garden (thali lunch), Pongal immediately come to mind. Also check out La Petite Abeille, L'Annam and Grill 21.

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      1. re: JungMann

        I think the food at L'Annam is awful!

        1. re: RGR

          Oh no! What did you have? I had spring rolls and pho from the Greenwich Village location and thought it made for a great, cheap lunch.

          1. re: JungMann

            Our one visit to the 3rd Av. L'Annam was years ago, not long after they opened. Thus, I have no recollection of what we had. I usually like spring rolls, so that's a maybe. But I'm not a pho person, so definitely not that. I remember saying after we left, "Never again!" I guess I'm in the minority since it's still there.

            1. re: JungMann

              L'Annam used to be great for lunch specials but there's new people running the place and the quality has dropped.

        2. Right inside Madison Park you have Shake Shack! If you work close by and can go to lunch during off hour, then you can bypass long line and get the shack burger and frozen custard.

          1. How could I forget shake shack in madison park!

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            1. re: kcijones001

              Yeah, definitely the Shack- if you can get there between 11:00-11:15 the line should be alright.

              In Curry Hill there is also Saravaanas, of course (for thali), Roomali for Kati rolls, and I prefer the buffet at Chennai Garden to Tiffin Wallah even though it is a buck more.

              1. re: Lucia

                Def. Lamazou. The caprice sandwich is great. Also Posto on 18th and 2nd for the best thin crust pizza, JAS Mart on 23rd and Madison for Coconut Pocky and other good junk food. The Salmon burger at Organique isn't bad either. Bistangos for fried calamari and pasta but that might be too far north.
                Bao has a real good and spicy seafood fried rice, as well as green tea and black sesame ice cream.

                1. re: venezuelan

                  We tried Posto for the first time a few weeks ago. While I wouldn't say the thin crust pizza there is the best I've had, it is tasty.


                  If by Bao, you mean Bao Noodles, with the exception of the pho, I think the food has gone downhill.