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23rd and Lexington-Culinary Wasteland or treasure trove of hidden gems?

coco99 Sep 1, 2010 07:27 AM

So I just started working on 23rd street and I need some take-out lunch options. I know about the Indian spots- but how much saag paneer can a person eat in a week? I'd love to stay in the
ten dollar-ish range and I'd be willing to walk ten minutes in any direction and I like food, so I'd consider any and all suggestions. Thanks!

  1. BluPlateSpec Sep 9, 2010 08:42 PM

    Lamarca, corner of 22nd. street and Third Ave.

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    Lamarca
    161 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    1. bigjeff Sep 9, 2010 08:04 PM

      not takeout, but try terakawa.

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        kathryn Sep 1, 2010 08:34 AM

        You actually have a fair number of options nearby.

        Shake Shack
        Eataly -- though I am not sure they are set up for takeout yet
        Defonte's
        Lamazou
        Roomali
        Sophie's
        Latin Thing
        Baoguette
        No. 7 Sub, though it's much further of a walk

        The Cravings Taiwanese food truck is also parked nearby on Tuesdays. The Schnitzel and Things Truck is nearby on Wednesdays. Van Leeuwen espresso/ice cream truck is on 23rd and 5th and the Joyride espresso/frozen yogurt truck is on 26th and Park on Tuesdays.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706490
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/654358

        Checkout also Midtownlunch.com, they recently started a new "Flatiron Lunch" column.

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        Lamazou
        370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Roomali
        97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Latin Thing
        61 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

        Eataly
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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          food_food Sep 1, 2010 09:11 AM

          Latin thing closed recently, and there is a new bubble tea spot there called Midori

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            kathryn Sep 1, 2010 10:14 AM

            Thanks for the update!

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              windycity Sep 8, 2010 05:56 PM

              This is sad, I enjoyed taking my food from Latin Thing to the park.

              Eataly's lines are kinda crazy if you actually want food in a reasonable amount of time. I like Defonte's (esp the broccoli rabe ricotta sausage sandwich) and everything at Lamazou including soups. If you like ramen, Terakawa Ramen on Lex between 22nd and 23rd does a pretty good rendition and it does takeout. For a more upscale lunch, Maialino on 21st and Lex.

              If you're into soup, Hale & Hearty is across from Madison Sq Park and next to Sophie's. Also, Molly's Pub on 3rd does a mean $11 burger (12 oz) which will fill you for lunch and probably dinner as well.

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              Lamazou
              370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Terakawa Ramen
              18 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            2. re: kathryn
              coco99 Sep 1, 2010 10:04 AM

              Great suggestions. Can't wait to get get lunch today, schnitzel perhaps....Thanks Kathryn!!

              1. re: coco99
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                kathryn Sep 1, 2010 10:15 AM

                Oops, they're on vacation today!

                http://twitter.com/schnitzeltruck

                Try again next week.

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                Blumie Sep 1, 2010 01:06 PM

                Eataly's sandwich bar is up and running. I'm not sure their sandwiches are worth the $8 they charge for them, but I'm sure we'll know soon enough when the reports start rolling in!

                As of yesterday, their pizza-to-go operation was not up and running yet.

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                Eataly
                200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                  Yaxpac Sep 2, 2010 05:02 PM

                  Eisenberg's is right there too for a great tunafish sandwich

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                Blumie Sep 1, 2010 07:39 AM

                Rhong Tiam Express, on 21st between Park and B'way.

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