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Sep 23, 2009 06:51 AM

New Job in Flatiron, need lunch and coffee suggestions

I just started a job across the street from Madison Square Park. Possibly embarassing to admit on Chowhound, but my old midtown go-to for many lunches and morning coffee was Pret a Manger. There are apparently no Prets in the vicinity (WTF? by the way...)

Any quick and borderline healthy and/or not gross or grossly expensive lunch suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, where can I get a decent cup of coffee? I drink it black, like a smooth but substantive roast (think stumptown or Pret's Guatemala roast.)

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. stumptown just opened their first store in the Ace Hotel on 29th & Broadway.

    check out they have a twitter tracker of all of the new gourmet food trucks. a lot of them spend some time around MSP.

    1. Stumptown Coffee is good, and it's on 29th & Bwy. Note that it's cash only.

      There is a Pret:

      1. I'd, at some point, hit up the Schnitzel and things truck...

        1. oh and hit up rosa's for a slice of the grandma square.
          28th btwn mad and park

          1. Shake Shack in the park (get their early)
            Eisenbergs (see chowhound thread)
            Deli Marche (decent roast turkey sandwich)
            Curry Hill restaurants (a whole slew on Lexington with lunch takeout/buffets)
            Latin Thing (great burritos on lex)
            Popeyes (love their fried chicken...)
            Baoguette (Bahn Mi craze fueled lunch spot, next to Latin Thing)
            Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
            Mangia (I guess closest thing to Pret in area?)
            Mizu Sushi on (?22nd?)
            Blue Smoke for burger-to-go (27/lex).. same meat blend as Shake Shack...
            Negril has OK jamaican (jerked chicken etc.) somewhere on 23rd? (8th ave?)

            5 Replies
            1. re: shanshan

              great list shanshan. if you have some time walk down to 14th & 5th, hit up pita joes.

              1. re: mch

                rickshaw doesnt have quality dumplings, in my opinion.

                1. re: smokeandapancake

                  I have to totally agree. Shanshan, thanks for such a great, all encompassing post. i will definitely check out some of the places you mentioned, but I must admit the Rickshaw suggestion gave me slight pause. We have a Rickshaw truck in park Slope and honestly, they are not just mediocre, they are downright bad dumplings. Perhaps the one in Manhattan is better...

                  1. re: vvv03

                    I think rickshaw dumpling truck is one of most overhyped trucks out there with bad value for $. at the dumpling store, you get the same dumplings but in a soup which I think makes for a better experience (at nearly the same cost?) with I believe more variety available. This isn't a daily go-to by any means, but just a quick lunch option in the area that I think is is better than some other options in the area.

              2. re: shanshan

                2nd Blue Smoke, Baoguette, Latin Thing.

                Would add on Roomali for kati rolls, Lamazou for sandwiches, Defonte's for sandwiches, and Pamplona lunch special.

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