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Looking for a tasty lunch spot near 23rd and Sixth

skinny cook Sep 17, 2009 06:08 AM

Having lunch with my girlfriend, whose office just relocated to the area. Looking for something good - could be paninis, Japanese...really anything that makes you excited to go there.

Thanks in advance.

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    RGR RE: skinny cook Sep 17, 2009 06:14 AM

    Madeleine Patisserie is on 23rd, b/t 6th & 7th. There are a variety of delicious quiches, as well as some sandwiches, and, of course, the sublime pastries, tarts, and macarons. Pleasant seating area in the back of the shop.

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      skinny cook RE: RGR Sep 17, 2009 06:38 AM

      Thanks much. Sounds like it would work nicely.

    2. BackyardChef RE: skinny cook Sep 17, 2009 02:33 PM

      There's also RUB BBQ which is on 23rd between 7th and 8th. It is one of the better bbq places in the city-- with all of the quality options for 'cue in the city now, it says alot that RUB still stands out from the pack.....

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        RGR RE: BackyardChef Sep 17, 2009 02:59 PM

        My two experiences at RUB were wildly inconsistent. The first time, I thought the food was excellent, which is what prompted me to go again. Unfortunately, that second meal was so disappointing that I've nixed the idea of ever returning.

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          BackyardChef RE: RGR Sep 19, 2009 08:06 AM

          Wow...that's too bad. I've always found the food there to be very consistent.... I guess everyone has their bad days....

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        RCC RE: skinny cook Sep 17, 2009 04:34 PM

        How about some tasty Spanish tapas at Boqueria on 19th and 6th? Never disappointed and easier to get a table during lunch.

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          Pan RE: skinny cook Sep 17, 2009 11:40 PM

          If you're willing to walk to 24th and 9th, Grand Sichuan is there, but don't order anything of the Lunch Specials menu and stick to Sichuan and Hunan food only.

          If you'd like to walk a few blocks in the other direction, Saravanaas is on the corner of 26th and Lexington. Get iddlis, masala dosas, or utthapams, and they also have some delicious desserts (I love the one with pureed almonds, saffron, and jaggery).

          If you're willing to walk to 17th between 6th and Broadway, you can have good Malaysian food at Laut.

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            skinny cook RE: Pan Sep 18, 2009 08:22 AM

            Thanks much for the suggestions. I imagine over the next few months, we can check out all of these.

            By the way, RCC, Boqueria is definitely on my radar.

            Thanks to all.

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            mch RE: skinny cook Sep 18, 2009 08:48 AM

            markt is on 6th & 21st. you can sit outside if is it nice out.

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              LeahBaila RE: mch Sep 18, 2009 08:52 AM

              Good call on Markt. I second that rec.


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                illya RE: LeahBaila Sep 18, 2009 09:24 AM

                there really is a dearth of options in the area...slim pickings - but if you can overlook the cheesy sport bar aspect, Rogue actually has some pretty good lunch items, chopped salads, great sandwiches, etc. and has outside seating. def. super casual and again, you have to be ok with the setting. but you can get in and out in 45 minutes.

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                  skinny cook RE: LeahBaila Sep 18, 2009 03:31 PM

                  oh! i forgot about markt. thanks to you both for the memory-jog.

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                noshing RE: skinny cook Sep 19, 2009 09:20 AM

                Hill Country for awesome bbq 3 blocks north

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                  foodwhisperer RE: skinny cook Sep 19, 2009 02:32 PM

                  Markt is on 21st and 6th and good

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                    LloydG RE: skinny cook Sep 21, 2009 11:09 AM

                    I work on 23rd and 6th, but usually I bring lunch back to my desk. However, if you want to sit somewhere Hill Country and RUB are good for bbq (I sometimes prefer HC because I can get a salad and white meat chicken, but if I'm feeling decadent the burnt ends and onion strings at RUB are really good). For Thai, you can go to Pongsrii on 23rd btwn 6th and 7th or Planet Thailand on 24th between 6th and B'way (I prefer Pongsrii). Also, Shake Shack on a nice day can't be beat if you have more than an hour.

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                      foodwhisperer RE: LloydG Oct 26, 2009 05:43 PM

                      I second RUB for BBQ, or if you want lobster go to Francisco's they have the biggest lobsters ive ever seen , last time I went 4 of us shared an 11lber

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