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Jan 30, 2009 09:08 AM

Good, inexpensive, lunch near SVA (23rd & 3rd)

I'm looking for a good, inexpensive ($10 max), lunch near the School of Visual Arts, 23rd & 3rd. Eat-in is ok, but I'd prefer take-out. I've tried a couple of places in the nabe and haven't found anything that I'd go back for so I'm looking for new options. I like Molly's but it costs more than I want to spend right now. TIA

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  1. You should check out Baoguette on Lex between 25-26. Great banh mi and other vietnamese things. The standard banh mi will set you back $5, which is pretty wallet friendly considering it's a solid 12" sandwich.

    They also have other things, like a couple of soups and or stews, etc. The menu is not extensive but everything I've had there is very good.

    1. what have you tried that you don't like?

      pita grill is good. lamazou ( i think) has good sandwiches. ziggiz makes a good burrito/quesadilla. i like pick a bagel as well.

      depending on how much time you have head towards union square. you can go to whole foods or pick up falafel at maoz on park.

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      1. re: mch

        Have you been to Maoz recently? I went shortly after it opened & thought it was pretty great. Returned last week and...ish. The toppings bar looked like it had just gotten some bad news. The falafel balls were heavy and not very hot. And the grilled eggplant was limp and greasy. It was edible, but just. Note that this was around 9pm - maybe it's still good earlier in the day?

        1. re: small h

          haven't been to maoz in union square in a while. i live on the uws side now, still need to check out the new one. hopefully your experience is bc it was late.

        2. re: mch

          I tried a couple of diners, a cafe on 18th & 2nd that I don't know the name of, and pick a bagel, that was fine, but confusing. The Italian deli looked permanently closed.

          @mch - what do you recommend at pick a bagel?

          Baoguette, Pita Grill, Lamazou, and Ziggiz sound promising. Thanks, all.

          1. re: efdee

            If you go to Pita Grill, make sure to check out the chicken-rice bowl. It's pretty damn good.


            1. re: LeahBaila

              Thanks. Where is Pita Grill? I found a list of addresses, but none in the Gramercy area.

        3. Lamazou - Third Avenue at 27th.

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          1. re: Turtlejay

            There's also a little italian deli-like shop around the corner on 2nd between 23-22 that makes really good sandwiches. Bruno's Ravioli or something like that (?). They sell cheese, lunchmeats, olives, etc. But they also make really good sandwiches.

          2. there's that Chinese bakery right next to SVA on 23rd, "Jess Bakery". It doesn't look like much but the food is really quite good and very cheap.

            I also like the soup at Landmarc, it's a big bowl.

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            1. re: bolletje

              Will probably try Jess Bakery's roast pork first since I'm really Chinese-food-deprived.

              I think that you mean Lamarca for soup (22nd & 3rd), not Landmarc, and that's another good suggestion. Really glad I asked. Will report back.

              1. re: efdee

                lol, yes. I meant Lamarca. I always get those two confused :)

            2. What is the word out there on the Kalustyan (spelling?) upstairs cafe? They are not on MenuPages, so can't give pricing specifics.

              But MenuPages would be a great resource for at least checking prices and cuisines.

              Keep us posted on what you find for good cheap eats!

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              1. re: BratleFoodie

                Here's the word: Get the mujadara. Other stuff can be fine, but the mujadara is the way to go. Remember, however, what they say about beans: The more you eat, the more you....And it applies to lentils, too.

                The place I'd most recommend in that area is Saravanaas, 26th and Lexington, but it's tough to keep it under $10 there. (You can do under $25 comfortably, though.) does NOT work, but you can look at their menu:

                1. re: Pan

                  Saravanaas has a lunch special for around $14, but it's sit down.