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Feb 24, 2010 12:50 PM

Quick-ish, delish lunch near Times Square

It's rare that I'm stumped for a place to eat in the 5 boroughs but this time I'm drawing a blank. I'm meeting an out-of-towner who's in town for an event in Times Square. Looking for:

-- lunch
-- 12:15ish
-- With 12 minutes or so of Times Square by subway or foot
-- Worth the calories.

I figure we could go 1 or 2 subway stops uptown or downtown if the destination was within a block or so of the subway stop.

Any ideas?

I was thinking Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien but if it's jammed then I'm at a loss for a backup. :-/



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  1. if you don't want to go far hb burger is a good spot. korea town as well could work. keens is near by.

    2 Replies
    1. re: fein

      Koreatown! Why didn't I think of that? I assume most those places are open for lunch? Anyone know how crowded they get around 12:15?

      1. re: Peter

        Yes, most places in K-Town should be open for lunch. Some places are always packed during lunchtime (Woorijip, Mandoo Bar, generally cheaper ones) but there will be many others that aren't that busy.

    2. I like the roast pork, broccoli rabe and provolone sandwich at Shorty's on 9th Ave. between 41st and 42nd.

      1. Szechuan Gourmet or Lan Sheng? With a little luck ,at least one should have available seating.

        1. how about Ma Peche, the temporary new David Chang restaurant at the Chambers Hotel? It's near the Burger Joint so a good backup or primary spot. The 2 bahn mi styles are delicious!!

          1. How about Marseille on 9th ave. and 44th? Delicious French Bistro- worth the calories.