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Please tell me about Pret a Manger for lunch

I'm headed to Radio City for the Christmas show on Saturday. It will be two adults and two teenagers. We're taking the bus from PA into NYC, will arrive about 10:30 a.m. at RCMH, have tickets for the show at 1:00, then we get right back on the bus to come back home. So we will not have a lot of time for eating :( Since this trip is all about the teens (a birthday present for one of them), I wanted to find somewhere that we can have a different but relatively quick lunch experience and thought of Pret a Manger. Would this be a good choice? What can you tell me about the atmosphere, etc.? And which one would be best to go to? We will have about two hours of free time, and the kids do want to walk around the city a little before the show. I would appreciate your advice. Thanks!

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  1. Pret is basically a fast food sandwich shop that uses all natural ingredients. Everything is pre made fresh through the day so you can't order anything. You just pick it up from the cooler area. It isn't bad but probably not where you want to be going.

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    1. re: mch

      Actually, if the food is good, it sounds like it would work pretty well. Like I said, we have such a small window of opportunity to walk around, I want to find something clean and quick, and the teens aren't interested in getting great food - they will just want to eat and get going. But I want something that is at least good food where I can sit to eat b/c I won't be dressed to eat street food. Can you tell me anything more about it, and are there any significant differences among the different locations?

      1. re: lisavf

        No, they are all the same - pretty standard soups, salads, sandwiches, etc.

      2. re: mch

        Pret is good if you work in the area and need something quick ,,

      3. they make a really good banan bread there....

        1. pret is absolutley fine if you're stuck in midtown or in a hurry, etc but i would certainly not seek it out or look forward to it. again, pret is fine but a far far far cry from being anything extraordinary...
          that being said, when i do get food from pret i usually get the roast beef with manchego & arugula

          1. I think the warming bins (one for baked goods, one for warm wraps) are excellent. The cold sandwiches are very good. But the prices are very high.

            1. As everyone else says, it's just pre-made fast food sandwiches with fresh ingredients, but if you're looking to sit down, I'd go to the one right on sixth avenue, just a few blocks south of radio city. It has more seating and is larger than many of the others.

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              1. re: ABT

                Thanks. This is the kind of info I need to know.

                1. re: ABT

                  In terms of quick, healthy, pre-made fast food in NYC, Pret is at the top of my list. Their salads are good, I LOVE their ham and swiss baguette (not sure what the magic ingredient is in there, but it's GOOD), and their carrot cake is pretty darn good for the little package. I like their sodas and yogurt parfaits, too. Oh, cookies...and muffins...

                  Enjoy!

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