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Lunch around 1 Penn Plaza

kelea May 6, 2009 10:01 AM

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. LeahBaila RE: kelea May 6, 2009 10:06 AM

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


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      kelea RE: LeahBaila May 11, 2009 11:07 AM

      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 turnoff...it 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...

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        LeahBaila RE: kelea May 11, 2009 11:11 AM

        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.


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      notsochubbychubette RE: kelea May 6, 2009 10:10 AM

      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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        Nehna RE: notsochubbychubette May 11, 2009 05:02 PM

        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 places...my fave is Kang Suh.

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          a_and_w RE: notsochubbychubette May 12, 2009 11:42 AM

          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).

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          RGR RE: kelea May 6, 2009 10:24 AM

          Salumeria Biellese - http://www.salumeriabiellese.com/deli...

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            sara333 RE: kelea May 6, 2009 11:42 AM

            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.

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              stephaniec25 RE: kelea May 6, 2009 12:36 PM

              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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                LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 May 6, 2009 12:38 PM

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


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                  stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 12:42 PM

                  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!

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                    LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 May 6, 2009 12:44 PM

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


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                      stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 02:03 PM

                      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.

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                        LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 May 7, 2009 05:44 AM

                        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!


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                          stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 7, 2009 01:23 PM

                          Sorry, not sure!

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                Pan RE: kelea May 7, 2009 02:01 PM

                No Korean? Because there's always hyaemul dolsot bibimbap at Han Bat or mandoo soup at Mandoo Bar. And of course, you can get a good variety of cheap, ready-to-eat Korean food for takeout (or eat in) at Woorijip

                1. kelea RE: kelea May 7, 2009 03:51 PM

                  Thanks all!! This is really helpful! Going to check some of these places out soon. And Macarons?!?!? big thanks.

                  Pan, thanks! I do like korean food i guess I didn't put it down cause I am familiar with the places in ktown.

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                    Pan RE: kelea May 7, 2009 09:02 PM

                    Oh, good reason. Which Koreatown places do you like best?

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                      kelea RE: Pan May 8, 2009 07:27 AM

                      Top two are BCD and BonChon (or whatever ridiculous name it goes by now). Most of the BBQ places are the same to me. I do like Shilla cause u usually don't come out smelling AS bad

                  2. kelea RE: kelea May 12, 2009 08:04 AM

                    Thanks so much for all these responses. I had one more request if you guys would be so kind to oblige.

                    My parents are coming into the city on Thursday and I'm going to be meeting them for lunch. It's a little tricky cause I need to find a place for me to sit down for lunch but it can't really be for more than an hour. This means a preferably 2 street block/1 ave block walk for me so that I can spend more time with them eating than getting there.

                    With that said, my dad is quite a picky eater. He likes very light healthy food - salads, sandwiches. It's looking like Lugo might have to be my choice but from my past experience, I'm inclined to go somewhere else. Plus I'm eating Italian on Friday. Any helpful tips?

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                      stephaniec25 RE: kelea May 12, 2009 08:42 AM

                      Possibly Pain Quotidien near Bryant Park? It's very good for a chain and has plenty of healthy salads and both baguette sandwiches and tartines, which might be good for your dad.

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                        a_and_w RE: kelea May 12, 2009 11:39 AM

                        You could try vegetarian Korean at Hangawi. It's a little bland for my taste, but it might appeal to someone who prefers light, healthy food.


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                          RGR RE: kelea May 12, 2009 01:29 PM

                          Uncle Nick's, which Leah included in her list upthread, is on the corner of 8th Av. & 29th St. Greek food has many healthful dishes on the menu, and the food at Uncle Nick's is tasty. At lunch, there is a nice array of salads and sandwiches. Service is generally very efficient and quick.


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