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May 6, 2009 10:01 AM

Lunch around 1 Penn Plaza

Hey All,

Just started a new job at Penn Plaza and looking for recommendations for lunch. I know there's been a thread on this before but for the life of me I can't find it. If anyone knows it please post it for me?

Also any new recommendations would be good. I'm aware of:

Fay Da Bakery
Bread Factory
Chinatown Express
Le Bonne Cafe (no it's not the good stuff)

The standards for here. I'm looking for a couple things - the best places for:
Chinese take out

And any other gems...TIA


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  1. Lugo Caffe
    Brother Jimmy's
    Uncle Nick's
    Pita Grill
    Skylight Diner

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Hey Leah,

      I just realized which one is Lugo and I've actually eaten there on my first day of work. Did you like it? I found the food just ok...but the service was horrendous. Our waiter tried so hard to upsell everything. And i mean EVERYTHING. It was a real was a business lunch and it was almost offensive the way he tried to keep pushing appetizers and side and drinks and dessert. How was your experience? I'm hoping it was just a bad waiter we got...

      1. re: kelea

        Hi there,
        I like Lugo b/c of the nice atmosphere and large bar area. The food didn't blow me away and the service we had, while not bad, definitely wasn't amazing. I think it's a good place to grab a beer and a lite bite after work.
        I'm sorry your service was so bad.

    2. I always suggest Tir Na Nog (5 Penn) and if you want a kick a$$ falafel, go to Pick a Pita (247 W 38).

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      1. re: notsochubbychubette

        Yeesh, we used to live nearby and Tir Na Nog is horrible....lousy food, lousy vibe, too noisy, and overpriced for what it is.

        I've been out of the chelsea area a few years now so don't get there as often but used to like various options down 8th ave a bit like Rocking Horse or go up 9th Ave to places like Uncle Nick's.

        Artisanal for cheese related meals.

        And you're near loads of great Korean fave is Kang Suh.

        1. re: notsochubbychubette

          Love Pick-A-Pita, especially for shawafel (i.e., shawarma and falafel). I also second the recs of Olympic Pita (love the falafel on laffa) and Salumeria Biellese (Italian combo sandwich is excellent).

          1. Market Cafe (39th and 9th) has really good sandwiches, salads and hot entrees, although I don't love the deserts. Trio Bakery has a good pork sandwich and Osteria Gelsi is good Italian (both on 9th avenue in the upper 30's). Aura at 9th and 36 isn't bad Thai and Mitchell London's Burgers/Pizza and Cupcakes place next door is pretty good too.

            1. Macaron for salads and sandwiches

              Olympic Pita for falafel on Laffa

              Go Go Curry

              Lazzara's for pizza and sandwiches

              Gray's Papaya

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              1. re: stephaniec25

                Great list. Been wanting to try Macaron; what do you like there? And most importantly, how are the macarons?? Thanks.


                1. re: LeahBaila

                  All of their baguette sandwiches are very good with the only downfall being that it can be quite slow if you go at prime lunch time. The Macarons come in a variety of flavors that change daily and some are really fantastic.

                  They also have great coffee!

                  1. re: stephaniec25

                    Thanks Stephanie. I hope to go this wknd! Any macaron flavors of note?


                    1. re: LeahBaila

                      I like the basics best - peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate but they often have some fun special ones. One flavor I'm not sure I'd call my favorite but I found intriguing was the Coca-Cola one - tasted exactly like a glass of coke but in cookie form.

                      1. re: stephaniec25

                        Interesting! Never seen a peanut butter macaron, but sounds intriguing.
                        Do you *happen* to recall if any of the macarons are made with fillings other than ganache or creme? I had the best cassis macaron at Laduree that was filled with jam/confiture. Thanks!