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Need lunch recommendation around Grand Central...

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Corporate_40 Sep 12, 2008 05:49 AM

Don't really head in to midtown much, so I have no idea whats good for lunch near Grand Central. Need some recommendations for lunch a little more special then just the normal soup and sandwich or pizze type place.

Thanks in advance...

  1. TongoRad Sep 12, 2008 12:03 PM

    Szechuan Gourmet is just a few blocks away (39th between 5th and 6th Ave) and is a great place for lunch. My standard items from the Lunch Menu are L1 (Double Cooked Sliced Pork Belly with Chili Leeks), L11 (Ma Paul Tofu) and L27 (Stir Fried Chicken with Roasted Chili and Green Chili)- they're all very good. There is also a full menu available at that time with fish, dumplings, noodles, pickled items, etc. Get there early and it shouldn't be too crowded.

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      kathryn Sep 14, 2008 08:37 AM

      Agreed -- ever since Bruni reviewed Szechuan Gourmet, the place has become way way more popular than ever. It will also make a difference if you want to dine in or take out. Either way, try to beat the crowds! It's worth it. The cumin lamb is divine, the double cooked pork is also pretty good, the ma paul tofu is incendiary (hot, hot, spicy, hot).

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      xigua Sep 12, 2008 01:30 PM

      I would go to the Grand Central Oyster Bar and sit at the bar or have a big bowl of ramen at Menchanko Tei
      www.orderinny.com

      1. c oliver Sep 12, 2008 01:52 PM

        I like sitting and eating at the bar in the Oyster Bar also. We've had oysters, chowder, stew, fried calamari, clam sandwich. Good martinis too :)

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          silencespeak Sep 12, 2008 07:27 PM

          Sushi Yasuda, one of the top sushi restaurants in the US, is right next to grand central on 43rd btw 2nd and 3rd. It's only expensive if you do omakase/do the ala carte. I believe they have a 22 dollar set of 8 sushi pieces and half a roll.

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