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Lunch suggestions please!

BIM Sep 4, 2008 08:16 AM

Glory be - Mike and I are back in town on a project. As we say in California: "totally awesome!" which means essentially "what a fortunate turn of events." First stop - the local chow board.

We will need some spectacular ethnic hole-in-the-wall late evening dining recos sooner than later - but the immediate need is for lunch ideas near where we're working, which is the Brill Building at 49th & Broadway. Our faves from previous trips: Ta'am Tov and Azuri Cafe which is a brisk walk from here.

What about all those places on 9th Ave.? Any specific suggestions for a tasty, maybe even unusual lunch? Would be a bonus if it is doable on an hour lunch break. Any trucks nearby? Notable sandwiches? Paella on a stick?

Glad to be back!


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    okaygo Sep 5, 2008 07:50 AM

    what's the pakistani place on 9th ave in the upper 30's? I can't remember what it's called or where it is exactly. definitely fits into the "ethnic hole-in-the-wall" category, and serves up some decent curries

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      cimui Sep 4, 2008 03:08 PM

      my favorite is currently indus express on 48th between 5th and 6th for chaat. chicken, aloo tikka, and samosa chaat are all great.. as are papri chaat, bhel poori ... ah, i just named everything on that part of the menu. :)

      they also have fresh-made tandoori breads. you can watch them make them on long poles by the second register near the back.

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        kathryn Sep 4, 2008 09:01 AM

        You're right by Tuck Shop (inside the Cyber Cafe), a Jamaican Dutchy Cart, Daisy May's BBQ Cart, a Sapporo (ramen). That is just within 2-3 blocks. For more, check out Midtown Lunch at midtownlunch.com -- it's a guy who refuses to spend too much money on take out or casual lunch during his lunch break, and he's tirelessly documented places to grab a decent bite to eat.

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          BIM Sep 4, 2008 11:10 AM

          Thanks to you both - we wasted no time and ran across the street for a couple of meat pies at the Tuck SHop. Delish!! Wandered over to Kyotufo - looks good but they were a little busy. Love how this whole chowhound thing works - maybe it'll catch on!

        2. Spiritchaser Sep 4, 2008 08:39 AM

          Kyotofu is well worth a look, we love that place. The website doesn't do their menu justice, you need to stop in and look for yourself. It's right on 9th bewtween 48/49.

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