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New Job, New Area (Murray Hill, 31st and Park), Cheap Lunch Options PLEASE

Please provide me with cheap and tasty options. I've been to all the Indian Lunch buffets and LOVE them, and I often to go Murray Hill Deli (34th and Lex) for their huge and delicious sandwiches. Nothing else seems to be worth the money though.

Budget: Needs to be under $10, preferably closer to $5 (I'm an intern). I Need Options for:

-Sandwiches (the bigger the better)
-Pasta (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Lots of pasta for cheap... some Deli's have build your own fresh pasta but its all so expensive.)
-Soup (Where is a small cup of soup less than $5 once tax is added?? Ridiculous!)
-Lunch specials anywhere for when I go with co-workers to a restaurant?
-Thai

Thanks so much!

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Murray Hill Market
136 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

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  1. Here are a few of the cheap places I like for lunch in the area

    La Posada - mexican on 3d betw. 26 and 27
    Baoguette - Lexington betw 25 and 26
    H Mart - Korean lunch boxes - 32d betw. 5th and B'way
    E Mo - korean "sushi" also on 32d betw. 5th and B'way
    Minar - 31st betw. 5th and B'way
    Lasani - 29th betw. 5th and B'way
    halal truck on madison and 27th
    chinese steamtable (don't know name) on 25th betw. Lex and 3d (3 items plus soup for $5.75)
    for sit down lunch, I like buffet at tiffin wallah on 28th betw. park and lex
    for pasta, try bella napoli on madison betw. 30 and 31

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    Tiffin Wallah
    127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

    E-Mo
    2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

    Han Ah Reum
    25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

    Minar
    5 W 31st St, New York, NY 10016

    Bella Napoli
    130 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Lasani
    15 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    La Posada
    364 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Jimmy's House
    162 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

    Baoguette
    61 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: salmonskin

      Go to LASANI on 29th between 5th and Bradway - I cannot recommend it highly enough, the best chicken you'll get in NYC and the staff are lovely. Get a fresh roti bread steaming from the oven or a nan or an indulgent chappati. Their rice pudding is a breakfast treat with sweet chai or have the eggs and a nan for 3.50 - I'm not joking!!

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      Lasani
      15 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    2. If it is a nice day, take a walk to Defonte's for sandwiches.

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      Defonte's Sandwich Shop
      261 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. 2 slices and a soda for $5 at La Pizzaria on 3rd and 31st
        Bodega on 2nd between 28 and 27 makes huge sandwichs of boarshead meats for $5
        Gyro at Chicken Kitchen on 3rd and 39th
        Sicilian Slices at Royal on 3rd and 39th

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        La Pizzeria
        442 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Royal Pizza
        592 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Famous Chicken Place
        592 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        1. Latin Thing (yes, that's the name!) on Lexington between 25-26 Sts...awfully good and awfully cheap! Platters, burritos, sandwiches, etc.

          http://www.latinthingnyc.com/index.htm

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          Latin Thing
          61 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

            1. If you order wisely at Pio Pio, you can have a really economical meal. There is the lunch special which is around 10 bucks that includes a quarter chicken, soda, salad and starchy side. But you'd get the most value if you order the whole chicken ($10) and a side ($4) and make a few meals out of them. Depending on how much you eat, you should get at least 2-4 meals. Or bring a friend and share. If you want to save on tip, you can do take-out.

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              Pio Pio
              210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

              1. lamazou on 27th and third

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                Lamazou
                370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                1. Not cheap, but under $10 - walk over to No 7 sub at the Ace Hotel. Giant, delicious and award-winning sandwiches. I had the Cilantro Chicken last week, but gave the second 1/2 away (too full).
                  http://www.no7sub.com/home-01.html

                  Kati rolls from Roomali on Lex between 26th & 27th -- $5-$6
                  http://roomaliny.com/

                  Kathi Rolls on Lex and 27th -- $5 (bigger than Roomali, IIRC
                  )http://www.kathirolls.net/home

                  The lunch specials at Vezzo are fantastic. Lex and 31st --$5-$11
                  Great thin crust pizza (2 slices for $5), the salad and 1/2 chicken pesto sandwich is great for $8.
                  http://www.vezzothincrust.com/lunchsp...

                  Super cheap and filling, walk over to Woorijip in Ktown on 32nd between 5th and B'way. Spicy pork and rice is like $5-$6 and you'll easily get 2 meals out of it.
                  http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

                  A bit of a walk, but the grilled cheese at Birch Coffee is darn good:
                  http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
                  27th between Madison and 5th

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                  Woorijip
                  12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                  Vezzo
                  178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  Roomali
                  97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  Kathi Rolls by Kabab Factory
                  101 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  Birch Coffee
                  5 E 27 St, New York, NY 10010

                  No. 7 Sub
                  1188 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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                  1. re: MB fka MB

                    2nd no 7 subs - had the brussel sprouts and the eggplant parm last week, worth the walk!