New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)
I'm day 4 on the job and in need of some recommendations for...
1. cheap/fast lunch
2. treat yourself lunch (Boqueria? Markt?)
3. after work drinks/snacks.
I've grabbed a quick baked falafel at Chickpea (fine), walked over to Rohm for a late lunch. Last night had some truly fantastic cocktails at Flatiron Lounge.
Where should I go?
Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
Chicken rice bowl from The Pita Grill
Bagels from Empire City Bagel
Tre Dici (nice lunch)
Markt (reliably decent food)
Chips and cheese dip from Qdoba (sorry for the lame rec, but it's really good)
Grilled cheese from Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
Mangia (makes a decent sandwich)
Sala One Nine (19th between 5th/6th) has great happy hour. 2 for 1 drinks and terrific raciones (tapas). We like to go for lunch as well - great sandwiches.
Room Service (thai) on 8th ave between 18th/19th) has a great $6 lunch special.
Soups at Medina (17th between bway/5th) are fabulous! In the summer I eat in the park.
I went to Sala 19 for lunch and had the lentil soup with chourico and the tortilla espanola sandwich. A lot of food for $9. Will definitely get back for happy hour.
How far east are you? The first place I think of when I see the word "Chelsea" is Grand Sichuan at 24th and 9th. You wouldn't experience a wait at lunch and should order off the regular menu (the Sichuan and Hunan and other specialty parts of it, not the American-Chinese, Cantonese, or Shanghainese portions thereof), not the lunch specials. It still wouldn't be a super-fast lunch, but you could probably do it in about a half an hour. An early dinner might work, too, but prime time is likely to be a huge crush and not worth it, except for takeout.
re: MB fka MB
Congratulations on having the only new job in the American economy!
City Bakery is #1 lunch around there for me, and now they have after work beer too
Either of the street carts on that block - the Latina hot dog lady makes good chicken with hot sauce on that grill and the middle eastern lamb schwarma if fine too
There's a taco truck another block down just off 6th Ave, south west
Tebaya Japanese chicken wing place on 19th between 6th and 7th
Eisenmenger's on 5th Ave @22nd for a pastrami on rye
The Thai place on 7th Ave has perfectly good lunch delivery
Uncle Moe's for Cal-Mex is fine too
Boqueria for a treat yourself tapas and wine afterwork - although even better is Casa Mono on the other side of Union Sq...if you're ready to spend a little money.
re: MB fka MB
re: City Bakery
breakfast bar with Evans yogurt (try the lemon, it's as revelatory as yogurt is ever going to be) and housemade granola.
The scones are lovely.
lunch has an ever changing cast of fresh veg and fish and meat
roasted, herbed, marinated, grilled and salad-ized
You can get a big heap of salad greens, and big flavors
shaved fennel, not just romaine
The mac and cheese is good too.
I get a box to go.