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Oct 20, 2008 07:25 AM

Good places for lunch in the west 50's?


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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  1. 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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    1. re: RGR

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

    2. 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:

      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.

      1. 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. 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

          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

            These are all excellent suggestions.

          2. 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.

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

            705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            41 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

            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