Lunch Recs around 53rd and Third
go to the food court in the bottom of the citigroup builing. follow the long, but quickly moving, line to gourmet 53. tons of good food for a very low price. i usually get one of their lunch specials, which comes with meat, side, salad, pita chips and a free soda for $8. the food won't blow your mind, but we are talking midtown lunch here.
Gourmet 53 salads are my go-to, though their congealed dressing might disturb more sensitive diners. Barros Luco (Chilean sandwiches/empanadas) and Güllüoglu (Turkish boregi/baklava) are good when you want something a bit more substantial, though still not too heavy. The only places I've gotten burgers in the neighborhood have been Jimbo's, PJ Clarke's, Pig n Whistle and Johnny Rocket's, none of which are all that great, though I was a regular at Jimbo's for a while. Asian, however, is pretty decent in the area.
300 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
i also work in this neighborhood and can tell you that there are just enough good options to make it through the week. check out Brick Lane Curry, Mantao for Chinese sandwiches, Obao for pho, Grand Sichuan for Chinese dishes, and Korean Palace for decent lunch specials. if time allows, check out Tina's on 56th & 6th (too far?) for Cuban and Men Kui Tei for Japanese noodles.
alright, so i see that none of my suggestions offer burgers or salads or anything all too light, but maybe you'll venture out.
Men Kui Tei
60 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
235 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022