Lazarras - anyone been?
do you mean the one in the garment district? if so, i would bypass this place. many of the companies i've worked for have ordered from here for department lunches and i find the pizza really salty and generally boring. it's not something i would ever go out of my way for, and actually, even when i worked around the corner, i wouldn't bother. heck, when it was free for catered work luncheons, i would order something else from a different eatery and pay for it out of pocket.
do you need to stay within the area? are you only interested in italian/pizza? i have a few ideas, but they're not necessarily GREAT places to eat, BUT your 20 year old nephew would probably be fine with them:
stout on w. 33rd has decent burgers, salads, mac & cheese, beers (oh wait, he's underage, heh). it's a serviceable place for coworkers to meet up for drinks after work so i think you will be OK; i took my friend here for lunch a few weeks ago and we had no complaints.
what about korean? or is that maybe a little too exotic?
another place i remember being OK for lunch is simply pasta (120 W 41st St, New York 10036
(Btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
i haven't eaten there in a long time but i frequented it fairly often when friends worked nearby at conde nast and none of us ever complained. pastas are in the 10-14$ range.
i work pretty close to lazarra's and have eaten there quite a few times.
every time i have i've asked myself why afterwards.
The pizza tastes EXACTLY like pizza hut which I will admit does have a nostalgic charm all it's own but does not amount to being a destination pizzeria. The ingredients they use are pretty low quality. The heroes border on being completely inedible and the restaurant is FILTHY. Again, the pizza has a charm to it but I only eat it when my office orders large quantities of it and I neither have to pay for it or visit the restaurant.