Best cheap eats near NYU Med Center?
My wife just started working at the NYU hospitals (1st Ave and 28th-33rd Streets) and I'm looking for good modestly priced places I can take her after a hard day's work. Looking for various types of food (I know there's good Indian places over there, so at least one of those) and types of service (pizza, bars, diner, whatever).
If you have a fav splurge in the area, I wouldn't hearing about that too.
For a good Jewish deli, either Sarge's or 2nd Avenue Deli on 33rd and 3rd. 2nd av D has the best chocolate soda and hot pastrami that I've had in the city.
Depending on what time she gets out, NY bagels and Deli on 1st south of 34th is a great place with delicious soups, salads, and bagel sandwiches - it's mostly takeout with some seating but the staff are super friendly. But it closes at 8pm, as does Lamazou (which has no seating.)
If you have the patience to wait, Penelope on 30th and Lex has good comfort food.
I like Tiffin Wallah and Saravannas for Indian.
Pio Pio on 34th is a great budget dinner that will probably leave you with leftovers for a day or two - the fried seafood platter is very filling and the chicken is intensely flavorful.
Molly's Pub on 22nd and 3rd has giganto burgers. Delfonte's and baoguette, as Jung points out have good prices for sandwiches. Actually, I switched my sandwich buying over to Delfonte's from Lamazou because I can get a sandwich that's twice as big for not that much more pricewise.
Also, Press NY has decent is somewhat pricey wraps with really good sauces.
Good food at modest prices can be had at:
- Waterfront Ale House (32nd & 2nd) for better than average pub fare.
- Lamazou for sandwiches on 27th &3rd
- Cosette for a small french bistro on 33rd and 3rd.
- Saravannas on 24th and lex for indian.
- Rare on 37th & Lex for burgers
- I heartily second Sarges for all your deli/ diner meals.
- I like Da Ciro on 33rd & lex for pizza, it's more of an italian restaurant that also does good pizza.
- Librettos is a good slice joint on 36th & 3rd.
- Ethos for greek food on 3rd between 33&34
- There are a couple neighborhood sit-down restaurants that get mixed reviews on these boards. They won't knock your socks off, but you can still get a good meal at Trattoria Alba 34th between 2&3 , El Parador 34 between 1&2, and Casaville 2nd ave between 34&35.
The immediate area around the Medical Center is tough; from what I remember everything is a bit of a walk. I have heard La Petite Auberge recommended reliably and though it is not cheap a la carte, there is an economical prix-fixe. Were you looking for something quicker, sandwiches at Defonte's, Baoguette or Penelope would be good stops.
As for Indian, my preference is for non-veg at a place like Dhaba, should you want ambience, or at Haandi when looks don't matter. For samosas I go to Lahori Kabab. For Southern Indian, Tiffin Wallah and Saravanaas are both tops.
I like Ali Baba on 34th between 2nd & 3rd and have eaten at Trattoria Alba (more expensive - not for an every night fall-in) and enjoyed it. Notaro on 2nd bet. 34 & 35 is in the same price range. I don't live in the neighborhood, so don't have a sense of the "every day" places, although there did used to be a Moonstruck Diner on 1st and ??28th.
I stay with friends who live across the street from NYU. There's nothing really low priced. Best quality for price is Sarges Deli on 3rd/36th. A deli and general diner menu the food is absolutely top quality and very tasty. From a turkey sandwich, pastrami, chef's salad, hamburger, all are exceed regular Manhattan so-so standards. Recently renovated, it looks much nicer less dingy. They got rid of the old matron waitstaff and beefed up with younger hipper friendlier crew. The original family now runs it again. You can spend more and get less at other places in the area.