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Oct 19, 2009 12:07 PM

Help - My office moved to 35th and 8th!

Unfortunately my company recently moved from beautiful DUMBO Brooklyn to the soul crushing Penn Station area. Are thought on where I can get some decent lunch food??? Thanks!

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  1. Good luck...been here for half a year and i'm still struggling. Here's my thread for the nabe.

    1. Make sure to bookmark on your computer, if you haven't done so already. Here are some recs that deliver to you:
      Hill Country
      Olympic Pita
      Philly Slims
      NY Pizza Suprema
      Skylight Diner
      Baja Fresh
      Szechuan Gourmet
      Lazzara's Pizza Cafe
      Tulcingo del Valle

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Nods to a few mentioned above:

        NY Pizza Suprema (8th and 31st) is a cut above for NY pizza
        Skylight Diner (34th and 9th) is also a cut above the usual diner far.
        Szechuan Gourmet (39th bet. 5th & 6th) is excellent, though pricier than the usual lunch spot
        Hill Country (26th bet.. 5th & 6th) is great, but a little far away and expensive for lunch
        Uncle Nick's (29th & 8th) is also more of a real restaurant than a place for a workday lunch.

        Others, not mentioned here on in kelea's thread but worth a try:
        Home on 8th (8th between 29th & 30th) has decent Chinese food and lunch specials.
        SooKram Thai (8th between 26th & 27th) is also good.

        More iffy:

        Osaka (8th @ 35th?) -- Japanese, gets mixed reviews, but probably good for a tray of take-out rolls
        Noodles on 35th (35th St. just west of 8th) -- a cheap chinese take out kind of place, but good for cheap noodles and simple Chinese dishes.

        There are also a pair of Thai places on 36th or 37th Streets, just east of 8th, that I've never tried, and a number of Latin places on the side streets as well. Those could be an adventure. Fortunately, there's this:

        1. re: mgoldey

          Do you mean Azuka? There's a sushi place on 8th and 35th. If that's the place, it's really not memorable. But their lunch menus are decent.

      2. Manganaro's - one of my favorite places over that way! Old school italian. Groceries in the front, lunch counter in the back. Fantastic italian! Also check out this website: It saved my life when I started working in the neighborhood.

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          1. Mooncake (30th/8th) is a little bit of a walk, but yummy. Their pulled pork sandwich is huge and yummy, plus they have good healthier options.

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            1. re: sholli

              OH DEFINITELY MOONCAKE!! i forgot about that place. it always creeps into my mind and nothing else can satisfy that craving.

              I also tried Go Go Curry on 38th between 7th and 8th. that was prety good

              1. re: kelea

                I'll ditto Lazzara's (though the last time I ate there it wasn't as good as I remembered), Go Go Curry as a cheap and unhealthy option, and there used to be an amazing salad, sandwich, soup and noodles cooked to order place - Amici 36 - that place was a godsend. Plus they have lots of great snacks and treats.

                I haven't been to Djerdan (turkish place right underneath Lazarra's) in a really long time, but it was decent, if slow food.

              2. re: sholli

                Mooncake is a must!
                Pizzeria Suprema is SO good. The other place across the street (east side of 8th btw 30 and 31) is also good - less crispy crust - but the sauce at Suprema is to die for!
                Lugo Caffe -- never been for lunch, but great for post work drinks.
                Brown Cow further down 8th has great healthy options.
                Ayza is a chocolate cafe and wine bar on 31st near 5th - yum!
                Of course, there is Whole Foods on 24th and 7th for takeaway...


                1. re: allieb2031

                  I had Suprema for lunch today! Thanks so much for the rec. it's definitely a great slice!