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

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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!

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

    1. 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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      1. re: kathryn

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

        1. re: food_food

          Thanks for the update!

          1. re: food_food

            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

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

            1. re: coco99

              Oops, they're on vacation today!

              http://twitter.com/schnitzeltruck

              Try again next week.

            2. re: kathryn

              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

              1. re: Blumie

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

            3. not takeout, but try terakawa.

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

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