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Places to eat 56th and 8th nyc?

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tour2010 Feb 3, 2010 12:29 PM

I am a tour escort and I will be bringing a high school group to City Center (56th and 6th) and then the students will be given $10 for lunch. Can anyone suggest a place that is not too pricey, that would appeal to high schoolers, and something that doesn't take a lot of time.
Thank you for any suggestions in advance.

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    tour2010 Feb 8, 2010 08:59 AM

    Thank you all for your great suggestions. My group is 48 people, but I try to get them to break up into smaller groups, and then go into restaurants in groups of 4-6. Only when we have a reservation at a eatery do we go en mass.
    I am sure that they will find something great with your suggestions. I usually took them to whole foods, but the kids saw the name of the place and didn't want to go....they're on vacation, ya know? LOL!

    1. Edwin E. Feb 5, 2010 10:05 AM

      I was in high school from out of state not too long ago and man - I used to love to just have lunch at the hot dog stands and carts on the streets. I know to us who live here, they seem meh, but to a kid - it seemed so fun, kind of adult and something you can only get in NYC., cause really, every mall has a pizza place.

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        stuck_in_midtown Feb 4, 2010 10:37 AM

        I second Angelo's as a good choice - there is a second location on 57th st between 6th and 7th - slightly closer to City Center than the Broadway location. There's a Five Guys burger on 55th between 5th and 6th - probably less hectic than Burger Joint for a group of high schoolers. If you're up for Chinese there's Joe Shanghai (56th btwn 5th/6th) and Szechuan Gourmet (55th/bway)

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        1. re: stuck_in_midtown
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          brian1503 Feb 5, 2010 09:10 AM

          Whoops need to work on my reading comp about being with a group. Don't go to TOPAZ!!! Way too small.

          I'll third Angelo's. Kid's love pizza don't they?? Food is good and is large enough to handle your crew.

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          City Kid Feb 4, 2010 06:10 AM

          Please don't bring the kids to NYC and then take them to McDonald's or Wendy's for lunch! There is a very convenient, informal, and inexpensive place I like on 55th St. between Broadway and 8th called Vizio. They have a huge variety of very good burgers - including steak, veggie, ostrich, bison, salmon, elk, etc. - ranging from $7-9.25 ($14.50 for Kobe beef) as well as panini, sandwiches, and salads ($7-9.50). I think they would find it fun, different but not too, and affordable.

          http://www.vizio.us/

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            bluehorseshoe Feb 3, 2010 04:24 PM

            Another thought is the burger joint inside the Parker Meridien Hotel, hard to find, but fits the bill and is very convenient to the location -- drawback is that it can be very crowded. I also like Topaz a lot. If you want to go over to 8th avenue, there is Lenny's, Luigi's, Wendy's, and even a McDonald's within 2 blocks -- I like Luigi's pizza and grilled chicken salad, Lenny's is Lenny's

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              picnicker Feb 3, 2010 01:59 PM

              I agree that Topaz is great but it's on the small side so if your group is large it may not be the best bet. Lenny's sandwiches are delicious (it's on 8th, btwn 55th and 56th I believe) and there's always the Whole Foods in Time Warner Center which has a great prepared foods section.

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                cjd260 Feb 3, 2010 12:43 PM

                Pizza is an easy one. Angelo's, on Broadway between 53/54 (under the Late Show marquee), is a very good local option; $10 should do if you order large pies to split.

                Not to get too stereotypical, but burgers could also be good, so consider Lucky's Famous, on 52nd just east of 9th Ave (be prepared for artery-blocking awesome, esp. if you order shakes).

                Finally, I don't know how large your group is, but if you can get in and they're up for it, Wondee Siam is a very good Thai place on 9th Ave between 52/53, and it has a $6.95 lunch special. Chowhounders debate the merits of this place and its across-the-street sibling endlessly, and many think that it's slipped, but at $7 the simple fact that it's good enough to inspire heated debate should be encouraging.

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                1. re: cjd260
                  MGZ Feb 3, 2010 01:17 PM

                  We recently had a meeting on 54th and thanks to some of the thoughts I found on this Board, we stopped for a bite at Wondee. I thought it was a great value for Thai that was much, much better than what we get in NJ.

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                    brian1503 Feb 3, 2010 01:20 PM

                    TOPAZ is a great thai spot..on 56th b/w 6th and 7t h I believe

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                  gutsofsteel Feb 3, 2010 12:33 PM

                  Pizza is probably your best bet for that price range.

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