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sgilliga Oct 20, 2008 07:25 AM

Hello,

I will be attending a conference at a hotel on 7th and 53rd this week and would like some recommendations on places to eat lunch in that area. I'm particularly interested in ethnic food, eg. chinese, sushi, etc. Thanks!

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    uwsgrazer Oct 20, 2008 06:58 PM

    I like Onigashima on West 55th between 5th/6th for Japanese food (sushi plus cooked food). They offer very reasonably priced sushi lunch specials. Menchanko-tei has a following for ramen noodles. They're tasty but I am always so thirsty afterwards that I have steered clear of the place for a while. They get crowded at lunch time so arrive early (no reservations, I believe, although Onigashima does accept them).

    http://www.onigashima.com/

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      PAULSCOHEN Oct 21, 2008 04:57 PM

      the last few times at uncle nick's has been very disappointing. i think the quality and freshness is not what it used to be. the portions are big. stick to the mezze platter with a bottle of wine.

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      kathryn Oct 20, 2008 06:21 PM

      There is a famous halal cart that apparently has a sister cart on that very corner:
      http://midtownlunch.com/blog/2008/08/...

      Make sure that they give your food to you in a circular container in a bright yellow bag. The bag's logo should be circular say HALAL GYRO AND CHICKEN with the tag line "we are different." That's how you know it's the right cart.

      Dittoing RGR's recommendations of Wu Liang Ye and Uncle Nick's. As well as Wondee and Kyotofu. I have also heard very good things about the burger at Island, which is not too far.

      Also if you feel like the stroll, you can get some croissants at Petrossian, or some pastries/desserts at Bouchon Bakery. La Maison du Chocolat is also nearby, if you are a macaron fan. I know, not ethnic, but sometimes you need some sugar!

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      Island Burgers & Shakes
      766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: kathryn
        a_and_w Oct 21, 2008 09:57 AM

        Burger at Island is good, but you can do better at both Prime Burger and Burger Joint, which are closer. Personally, I think the blackened chicken sandwiches are the way to go at Island.

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        cimui Oct 20, 2008 05:36 PM

        I like a lot of a_and_w's and holland oats' suggestions (in particular sukhadia's and tulcingo del valle). i'd also add indus express (esp. for chaat and made-to-order naan), kyotofu (good set lunches with well made tsukemono; it's a nicer sit-down location if you don't mind the japanese schoolgirl theme), the jamaican dutchy cart for jerk chicken; fika for swedish. I don't really know of any good Chinese food in the area, unfortunately.

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        Jamaican Dutchy
        W 51st St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Kyotofu
        705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Fika
        41 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

        Sukhadia's
        17 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

        Tulcingo del Valle
        665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Indus Express
        48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

        1. holland_oats Oct 20, 2008 11:48 AM

          this part of town regularly wins 'best cheap eats' awards (see time out new york a couple weeks ago for an example) -- local faves include:

          azuri - middle eastern
          wondee siam - thai
          tulcino - mexican
          queen of sheba - ethiopian

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          Azuri Cafe
          465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

          Tulcingo del Valle
          665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Wondee Siam
          792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Queen of Sheba
          650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: holland_oats
            a_and_w Oct 20, 2008 05:06 PM

            These are all excellent suggestions.

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            ukitali Oct 20, 2008 10:29 AM

            There are a bunch of pretty good Thai places on 9th Ave in the 40s and 50s. You really can't go wrong with any of them.

            1. a_and_w Oct 20, 2008 10:23 AM

              This is a really tough area for good ethnic food. About the only places I can recommend are Indian joints like Minar (47th btw 6th and 7th) and Sukhadia's (45th btw 5th and 6th). There's also Wu Liang Yi, as RGR suggested, but I've never liked their lunch specials and had an awful experience there recently for dinner:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563814

              If you want ethnic, my advice is to take the subway one or two stops south to the Garment District. Between 42nd and 34th streets, there are a bunch of really good ethnic choices, including Szechuan Gourmet, perhaps the best sichuan cuisine in the city, and falafel joints like Olympic Pita and Pick-A-Pita.

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                RGR Oct 20, 2008 07:34 AM

                Wu Liang Ye, on 48th, b/t 5th & 6th, serves very good Szechuan cuisine.

                Joe's Shanghai is on 56th, b/t 5th & 6th. They're known for their steamed buns (aka soup dumplings), but I've only had them at the Chinatown branch.

                Uncle Nick's, on 9th, b/t 50th & 51st, serves tasty Greek food.

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                  holland_oats Oct 20, 2008 11:44 AM

                  joe's midtown and joe's chinatown are very different experiences -- stay away from midtown imho!

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