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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.

            2. I have spent a lot of time over there and my favorite spot for lunch, dinner, or takeout is Ali Baba on 34th. You are wise to avoid the NYU food. If you're up for a bit of a stroll, you're not far from many good Indian options in the upper 20s.

              1. Didn't get take out, but took a companion for a celebratory lunch, instead! We went to Waterfront Ale House. A hectic morning didn't leave me with much appetite and I was almost frozen solid from the hospital AC. I got the onion soup, a strange choice when it was in the 90s outside, but it sure hit the spot. Lots of a good cheese spilling over the sides, with those crispy tendrils I pick off first. It was a very good example of that soup. I was too tired to dare having beer. My dining partner had a "special" that started with a cauliflower soup, creamy and good and a large grilled veggie panini with slices of zucchini, portobello mushrooms, and other stuff, and she loved it. We both eyed the hamburger "next door", but couldn't have handled that today.

                There's plenty in this thread I want to investigate. Thank you all so very much. It was a happy ending all around, I'm glad to say.

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

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                1. re: Pat Hammond

                  Glad to hear it. I've been going to NYU Medical Center lately, myself. My girlfriend and I had dinner at Arirang last night and Saravanaa Bhavan tonight, but Waterfront is a lot closer. Then again, I live in the East Village and have been walking home from the hospital, so eating extremely close to the hospital is not a necessity for me.

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                  Saravanaas
                  81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  Arirang
                  32 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                  1. re: Pat Hammond

                    Thanks for checking back. I've probably eaten at WAH 25 times and never had any kind of soup! Hope your "patient" is doing well.

                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      I think they must use dark beer in that soup. The broth was very deep and dark. If I ever have it again, I'll ask for an extra baguette hunk for dunking!

                      1. re: Pat Hammond

                        I wouldn't be surprised if they used beer. They used to make a superb ice cream at the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn made from Monster Ale. One of my favorite ice creams ever (it didn't taste of alcohol but of milk).

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

                        1. re: Dave Feldman

                          Its a great soup that my wife orders frequently. I think they use a porter.