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NYU Medical Center area, low 30s and 1st Ave. Any good eats?

It's a huge complex, and I know nothing about the area. I'd love a good food cart, or anyplace, really, to escape the hospital food, unless someplace in there is known to be good. Will very likely be hanging around there from morning to evening on Monday. I'll be the "go-fer". Thanks very much.

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  1. you're near sarge's and 2nd avenue deli which are both decent jewish delis. good sandwiches and soups but not that cheap. you're also near ali baba and pio pio.

    1. 27th and 3rd. Lamazou for great sandwiches

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      Lamazou
      370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: princeofpork

        Lamazou is excellent but a lunch destination since they're not open that late (only until 8pm Mon-Sat). Great take out sandwiches, though.

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        Lamazou
        370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      2. The khao soi at Talent Thai Kitchen is actually pretty good (and they even separate the crispy noodles from the curry part when they deliver, so they don't get soggy). If you go west, you'll have many more options, especially on 3rd Ave as well as Lexington.

        More options:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657378
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690721

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        Talent Thai
        210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

        1. I recommend Waterfront Ale House on the southeast corner of 30th and 2nd Ave. They are best known for their wide selection of beers, but Ralph, the chef, puts out fine typical bar food in exchange for the chance to experiment with more exotic fare. On the blackboard, you'll see all kinds of interesting specials. They are not all home runs, but it's fun trying what sounds best. The fries are not up to the quality of the sandwiches; the chipotle dressing is delicious. And there's always free popcorn available and there is no pressure to drink alcohol when you are eating. You'll see lots of medical personnel there for lunch, and they'll pack up stuff for you to bring to the hospital (but it's my favorite place around there to escape when I need a break from the institutional setting).

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          Waterfront Ale House
          540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            A second vote for the Waterfront Ale House. Dave's comments are on target on all counts. There are misses as well as hits, but the overall experience along with the reasonable cost make the WAH a worthy destination.

            George Lynch

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            Waterfront Ale House
            540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

            1. re: BrookBoy

              Been going to WAH for about 10 years. More misses than hits lately. they improved the bun for their burger which was critical but the other food is a total shot in the dark. Had the chili which was fantastic and the next time I ordered it was completely un-edible. I would avoid if you are going for anything outside of a beer and a burger.

          2. Are you the Pat Hammond who used to post here a lot? If so, nice to "hear" from you though sorry about the reason.

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            1. re: yebo

              One and the same, Yebo! I'm very much here, well over a decade now, just not as obvious these days. And thanks so much to everyone who took the time to respond here. My Chowhounds have never let me down! I seem to remember going to Waterfront quite a while ago, if they serve raspberry lambic! It's close to where I'll be too. I'll probably go there and bring back some lunch. I hope this thread will help others who find themselves in that nabe, looking for some delicious sustenance! Cheers, everybody! Pat, who used to be, and still is!

              1. re: Pat Hammond

                Pat, you were 'da man ten years ago, and you still are!

                Yes, if you had a raspberry lambic, WAH would be the place. They also have a blackboard with special beers, as well as a beer of the day at a discount price.