Office Relocated to Bryant Park - Help!
My friend's office just moved to One Bryant Park - 6th Avenue and 42nd St. Any ideas for Friday lunch around there. i remember reading a post about Szechuan Gourmet on 39th that seemed promising. Other than that, it seems like that location is the wrong side of TImes Square - any ideas? Also anybody rely on street meat carts in that area - I know of Quik Meal on 6th and 44th?
Szechuan Gourmet is very good. Quick Meal is on 45th and 6th. Viva Pancho on 44th has pretty good Mexican. For a more upscale lunch you can eat at the Bryant Park Grill. I can't really think of too many sit down places nearby. I prefer to pick somethign up and eat in the park. Cranberry Deli on 45th makes great sandwiches. Lenny's on 48th between 5th and 6th also makes very good sandwiches once you get used to the ordering routine. Duke's on 40th and Broadway.
Aside from Szechuan Gourmet, you've got:
Trini Pak Cart -- 43rd and 6th -- my favorite chicken and rice cart; can eat in the park
Wichcraft -- Bryant Park -- good sandwiches and can also eat in park
Starwich -- 38th, between 5th and 6th; good custom-made sandwiches; environment is not really conducive to eating lunch with a friend though
Olympic Pita -- 38th between 5th and 6th -- Israeli food; great falafel with fixins bar
Lazzarra Pizza -- 38th between 7th and 8th -- delicious grandma style pizza
For street meat (and other recommendations for inexpensive lunches) check out www.midtownlunch.com which just had a "street meat palooza" and pretty much nails all the recommended vendors in the vicinity. My preferred vendor is Kwik Meal (ask for the green hot sauce)
I work a block from Bryant Park and my go to places are:
Yagura (udon/soba/katsu don) and Cafe Zaiya (japanese bakery, onigiri, salads) on 41st btwn 5th and Madison
Szechuan Gourmet and Kati Roll (indian style wraps) on 39th btwn 5th and 6th
Le Pain Quotient (sandwiches/salads) on 40th and 6th
Cafe Cello (great roast pork) on 46th and 6th
Margon (cuban sandwiches and other cuban food) on 46th btwn 6th and 7th/bway
When I worked on 45th between 6th and 5th Avenue Bread & Olive (on 45th) was one of my favorites. There's also a lovely place on 45th (close to 6th Avenue) but I can't remember the name. I hope both places are still there - they were my favorites! Don't forget Little Brazil on 46th Avenue between 5th and 6th..
If you like Indian food, Sukhadia's on 45th, between 5th and 6th, is decent for chaat and Indus Express on 48th, between 5th and 6th is even better.
I also second Miss Needle's 'wichcraft suggestion if the weather is nice. It's lovely to have a sandwich washed down with good, Ronnybrook farms milk, in Bryant Park.
17 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
I used to work on 42nd and Broadway and always liked BXL for lunch on 43rd b/w 6th and Broadway - it's a small Belgian beer bar (great for after work beers as well) but it has a nice seating area in the back with pretty decent food. Their frites are ridiculous as is the french onion soup.
For sushi and Japanese food, I like Koi in the Bryant Park hotel (40th between 5th and 6th) but it's not cheap.
All of the above are great recommendations. I would also add The Australian on 38th between 5th and 6th, pub style atmosphere with great food. In case you want more recs check out midtownlunch.com.
I work around there... my go-tos are:
Milant Gourtmet -- 39th & 3rd? i think it's closed now though? great sandwiches...cheap too.
Kati Roll -- 39th btw 5th & 6th -- indian burrittos...greasy goodness, always a line.
Cafe Charlie -- 40th btw Mad & 5th -- standard midtown deli...good sandwiches
Mondello's pizza -- 37th btw 5th & Madison -- great chix parm & pizza
Little Italy Pizza -- 45th btw 5th & madison -- good pizza, crowdeddd....there's another one on 44th somehwere, i dunno which one is better though....
Fashion Soup -- maybe 38th & 6th (around there?) -- awesome soups.
Le Pain Quotidein -- 40th & 6th -- salads.