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Flatiron: Hole-In-the-Wall gems (?)

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Hi everyone,
Lunching with friends who work in the Flatiron. It seems that our options are: widely-reviewed restaurants, a long wait at Shake Shack, franchises or a deli. I hold a special place for Eisenberg's but I think they're sick of eating there all the time.

The two halal Indian/Pakistani eateries across from Breslin look pretty interesting--though I just spent over a month in India and need to take a break.

Curious to know if anyone's discovered any little gems. Food is a priority, ambience is not.

Excited to hear of any ideas.

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Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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  1. Can you give some parameters on how far south/north/east/west you're willing to go?

    This is for dine-in? Or would you be OK with takeout (and perhaps sitting in the park on a nicer day)?

    My office is on Park Ave S in the mid 20s and people seem to love Baoguette, Lamazou, Defonte's, Latin Thing, Sophie's... I assume you've tried Tabla (post menu change), SD26 (I think they have a lunch buffet in the bar area), Eleven Madison, Resto, A Voce, 'inoteca, Bar Breton, and Primehouse already?

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    Lamazou
    370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Resto
    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

    A Voce
    41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Latin Thing
    61 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

    La Quenelle
    254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

    'inoteca
    323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

    SD26
    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: kathryn

      i guess coordinates would be:

      southernmost: 17th st
      northernmost: 27th st
      westernmost: 7th ave.
      easternmost: Park ave

      ...though if there's something insanely worthwhile maybe i can talk them into walking further

      yeah, all danny meyer restaurants i've tried and love. same goes for the other famous places...but we're looking to go somewhere less formal and less publicized. as i said, a hole-in-the-wall

      those latin spots sound intriguing...

      thanks for your response!

      1. re: waxyjax

        wow, defonte's also looks interesting...will hit you up with a report of wherever we go

        1. re: waxyjax

          Hardly holes-in-the-wall and quite well-known, but how about Allegretti (22nd b/t 5th & 6th) or Aldea (17th, b/t 5th & 6th)? Imo, both are gems! Casual and they have terrific lunch prix fixes (if you don't want to spring for a la carte).

          Allegretti photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          Aldea photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          1. re: RGR

            thanks! been to aldea--delicious! also been curious about allegretti...if not this time i'm sure i'll try it next time i'm in the area.

            great pics, by the way

            1. re: waxyjax

              Thanks for the compliment, waxyjax!

    2. In the shadow of the Flatiron building a true hole-in-the-wall: Live Bait. Not everyone's cup of tea, to be sure, but reasonable prices and fresh seafood. E 23rd between 5th/Bway and Mad.

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      Live Bait
      14 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

      1. Sirtaj, for sure. 26th St. betw. 6th and b'way. They call it Indo Pak -- guess they are Punjabis from Pakistan. Excellent food, cheap, and you don't go there for the atmosphere.

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        Sirtaj
        36 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010