New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)
- MB fka MB Feb 5, 2009 08:59 AM
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.
I lived in Chelsea for the past 1.5 years and recommend Rocking Horse for great contemporary mexican (dinner) and Tono for great cheap sushi (lunch)
My favorite is (tbl)Spoon on 20th between 5th and 6th -- they have about 8 sandwiches, 4 salads, 2 soups and an entree that changes every day. All freshly made with good ingredients. (I'm there pretty much every day). Takeout or sit and eat. A little pricey, but quick and tasty and potentially healthy (except the grilled cubano and the many many tempting baked goods)
Funny, I live right by Spoon and have not once been tempted to stop in there. I still lament the loss of the Korean bodega that used to be there.
As for quick and casual places to grab lunch, there's Maffei's on 6th at 22nd--very good pizza, subs, and you an also get a huge container of pasta (or a combination of what's available--just ask). Even faster and more casual is the 2 Bros.$1 slice place on 6th bet. 17th/18th. Even the food place at the entrance of BB&B (corner of 6th/18th) is pretty good. I'm not a fan, but many people like Tebaya, a Japanese wing place on 19th St close to 7th.
Limerick House on 23rd just east of 6th is a typical and comfortable Irish pub. There's also a good pub on 23rd just west of 7th (forget the name!).
Nooch on 8th & 17th. Cheap, fast, just not too close to your office. I love their Tom Yum noodles!
Super Taco Express -- quite tasty, and super (and I mean super) cheap and fast, recommend anything in the yummy soft tortillas that they must make fresh daily, black bean and guacamole are my favorites. Good chips too. Great value. 7th & 23rd
Go Sushi -- 6th ave & 8th st.
Uncle Moe's --19th betw 6th & 5th
F&B -- 23rd betw 7th & 8th
The City Bakery -- fast if you go at a slightly off time, watch how much you put on your plate cause you pay by the lb. but it's quick cause food's already prepared.
I loved Tono Sushi before they switched to full service restaurant, used to be counter service but I guess the food is still good it will just take you a bit longer & cost slightly more. why fix what ain't broke.
Ashby's -- 22nd near 6th
Boston Market -- har har -- heck it's cheap & fast so I guess it qualifies
Shake Shack! I tried it for the first time today. Great stuff.
cheap/fast is obviously my comfort zone. Welcome to the neighborhood.