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Apr 29, 2009 10:41 AM

Casual lunch in or near Grand Central Terminal?

During an upcoming tip to NYC, we'll (myself, wife and 2 teenage sons) be taking a walking tour of GCT and the area around it, and would like to grab a quick lunch afterwards either inside GCT or somewhere in the immediate area. Any recommendations?


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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Pretty much open to anything...a good sandwich, mexican, seafood, malaysian. Probably not pizza, italian or sushi. Also a good street cart nearby would be a possibility.

    2. We always enjoyed Zocala on the lower level. Mexican.

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          I wish I could agree because I work a block from Grand Central and we can never find decent food, but I have found meals at Zocalo pretty awful. Like Taco Bell awful. I have had some good food in the GC food court--Dishes has a good selection of prepared food.

          1. re: prdct

            I'm sorry you had awful food at Zocalo (and really surprised!). But I do agree with you on the Dishes rec.


      1. There's a nice food court downstairs with local restaurants (no Mcdonalds/Burger King, etc) selling everything from corned beef sandwiches to sushi with lots of seating. If you want a nice sit down lunch, in the Met Life Building (connected), there's Cafe Centro / Naples 45 and a new Tapas restaurant, La Fonda del Sol.

        1. Naples 45 in the met life building behind grand central has the best pizza in the area. They also have a takeout counter which sells slices or whole pies. My favorite is the quattro formaggi.

          I personally really enjoy eating at Michael Jordan's steakhouse on the terrace inside the main grand central terminal. During lunch, and at the bar, the have a great burger ($14ish incl. fries) which might appeal to your sons and you can sit overlooking the main space at grand centrral.

          Or for a real quick lunch, walk to 47th and Park and get lamb over rice or a lamb pita from Kwik Meal. By far the best street meat in the area. Real chunks of lamb, well seasoned. If you like spicy, ask for extra hot sauce and specify the green stuff. Delicious but very spicy...

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          1. re: ESNY

            Thanks for the cart suggestion! Do they have chicken as well as lamb? How does it compare to the "famous" cart at 53/6th?

            1. re: carolinadawg

              They do have chicken as well. I think it's tasty -- probably tastier than the famous 53rd and 6th cart, especially as the lamb is really lamb as opposed to the processed ones that are sold all over the place. Just wanted to warn you that portions there seem smaller than the portions served at the other carts. Last time I got the chicken and lamb combo over rice, I actually thought they forgot to put the rice as I heard my food rattling around in the container. But the rice was there -- it was just a very small portion.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                They do have chicken. Its good but note they use dark meat, which for some reason turns people off (i guess the same way white meat turns me off!!!)

                I've never been to the 53rd and 6th cart. its a hike from my office and I'm quite happy at Kwik Meal... plus no lines. Note if you do go to the famous cart, from what i've read during the day the its is in a different location. I think same intersection but different corner. If you go to you can find all the details about that.

            2. We eat at Zocala before every Mets game--always accommodating and good