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I'm interning in the Empire State Building for 3 weeks which gives me 15 days of NY lunches (or really only 13 left as it's Tuesday night).

I've so far eaten at Cafe Zaiya (one of my favorites) twice and found the Treat Truck for a delicious butterscotch bar. I think I'm going to make the trek out to Momofuku (as you all rave so much about it), but generally I'd like to stay between 54th and 14th (+- 20 blocks) and 2nd and 8th (+- 3 blocks).

Where do you guys all grab lunch! :-)

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Cafe Zaiya
18 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. You are 2 blocks from Koreatown.... tons of options there. Do a quick search on the Manhattan board for lots of tips.
    Good luck on the internship!

    1. Have you taken a look at midtownlunch.com?

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      1. That's a huge radius, you must have some sort of cushy internship! Most people I know will walk 5 minutes, maybe, and run back to their desks with take out.

        DEFINITELY check out the Midtown Lunch site which has essentially cornered the market on documenting the cheap eats for lunch under $12.

        Nearby you are:
        Bon Chon, Kyochon, Baden Baden, and Mad About Chicken
        Szechuan Gourmet and Lan Sheng
        'wichcraft kiosk at Herald Square
        Woorijip
        No. 7 Sub
        Tina's
        Olympic Pita
        Bella Napoli

        Searches for "Empire State Building" "ESB" and/or "Herald Square" may turn up more.

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        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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

        KyoChon
        319 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Lan Sheng
        60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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

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        1. re: kathryn

          No 7 Sub is NOT cheap. unique sandwiches, but you pay a lot for a little.

          Check out H-Mart too. korean supermarket on 32nd that has some prepared foods

          1. re: kathryn

            I get an hour lunch break and walk fast (not to mention I value good food more than I value my feet at the end of the day... whoops!)

            I'll definitely try some of those out, thanks for the recommendations :-)

            1. re: kathryn

              Second Mad About Chicken (though they tend to take FOREVER with their chicken - but I haven't been since the re-vamp, maybe they are quicker?) and Woorijip (cheap Korean food, many varieties, veg-friendly.)

              HATE Kyochon. Don't go there. Totally not worth it.