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I have a short assignment in upper east side office, around 82 street and Lex. What are the good lunch places for $8-$15 in that neighborhood? Thanks.

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  1. Cascabel Taqueria, 2nd Ave between 80-81

    1. cascabel taqueria - 80th and 2nd

      heidleberg 86 and 2nd - old school german, last remnants of germantown

      patys taco truck 86 and lex

      luke's lobster

      wa jeal chili house

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      1. re: thew

        Is Patty's Taco Truck off on Mondays? Not there today...

        1. re: scoopG

          I actually just opened this thread after reading an article about Patty's Taco Truck being ousted from their UES spot, so I think this may be the answer to your question... http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_dnainfo...

          1. re: jessbnjess

            Thanks! Put in my list.

            1. re: jessbnjess

              That really sux. Paty's tacos were by far my favorite in the 'hood.

              I don't know another place to that serves tacos de lengua around here.

              Screw Lapin.

              Tipsy

              1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                cascabel has lengua tacos - 80th and 2nd

                1. re: thew

                  Yes, Cascabel has tacos de lengua and they are very good.

                  1. re: gutsofsteel

                    Cascabel's lengua is better than Patty's. I am definitely more of a taco truck kind of guy but I have to say Cascabel turns out some tasty food.

          2. re: thew

            Thanks. Any good japanese restaurants nearby?

            1. re: commuter89

              Not for your budget.

              1. re: commuter89

                There's a Naruto Ramen on 90th and 3rd

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                Naruto Ramen
                1596 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                1. re: fooder

                  i love naruto ramen

                  1. re: fooder

                    Will give Naruto a try tomorrow.
                    My Japanese friend recommended Yuka, 81st and 2nd ave, "as good, or even better than those in Tokyo" is his comments. Think it is worth it to try it out. Anyone have been there before?

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                    Yuka
                    1557 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    1. re: commuter89

                      Yuka is an average neighborhood sushi joint. No more than that.

                      Naruto is a good suggestion but don't expect it compete with the better ramen places in town.

                      Any sushi place where you can eat for max of $15 (since that is your budget)....I mean you get what you pay for, ya know?

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                      Yuka
                      1557 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                      1. re: gutsofsteel

                        +1 on skipping Yuka. granted i haven't been there in years, but as i recall, it wasn't worth the $ even back when my standards were lower, and friends who have been there more recently have confirmed that's still the case.

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                        Yuka
                        1557 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          My Japannese friend specifically mentioned their handroll. Its price is within my budget. I will give it a try just for the fact he is from Japan and report back.

                        2. re: gutsofsteel

                          Thought $15 would be good enough for decent Udon, Ramen or Bento box. It's not the case in UES?

                          1. re: commuter89

                            Naruto Ramen will fit in your budget. It's okay, nothing great. I go there a lot because it's so convenient, but I much prefer ramen elsewhere in the city.

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                            Naruto Ramen
                            1596 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                          2. re: gutsofsteel

                            Inase has a sushi set lunch for $14. 6 pieces of fish, not your typical tuna and salmon and a choice of roll. a very good choice at lunch and when I sit at the bar the chef makes them for me piece by piece.

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                            Inase
                            1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                  2. Chennai
                    Papaya King
                    Hummus Kitchen
                    Chirping Chicken
                    Caffe Noi

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                    Chennai
                    1663 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    Papaya King
                    179 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                    Chirping Chicken
                    1260 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    Hummus Kitchen
                    1613 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Oh, Hummus Kitchen, that's a good one for this poster.

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                      Hummus Kitchen
                      768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Well Shake Shack on East 86th Street (between Lex & 3rd) does fit the OP's request.

                    2. I hear there are good tacos at a burger place on the west side of Lex between 79th and 80th. Also, there's an old time soda fountain type place at 84th and Lex.

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                      1. re: Gelaine

                        - the tacos are at Burger One.
                        - the "old time soda fountain" place is Lexington Candy Shop, and it's on the corner of 83rd & Lex.

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                        Lexington Candy Shop
                        1226 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          I love going to the Lexington Candy Shop but, I have to say, it's really quite expensive for really not great food. I still go anyway. They do usually have some donuts from Donut Plant.

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                          Lexington Candy Shop
                          1226 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            In addition to having the last of the metro area's Coca Cola fountain systems, I love their long time staff, the celebrity photos and co-Owner Bob's Cole Slaw. Home made and sweet and sour. When co-Owner John is making it he omits the vinegar :(

                            1. re: scoopG

                              Yep. Oh, and the lemonade is wonderful.

                            2. re: MMRuth

                              If you like cakey, yet dried out donuts, the donut plant is perfect! Sorry MMRuth, but I got to disagree.

                              1. re: food4lifex3

                                Are you talking about donuts from the Doughnut Plant on Grand St? Because I bet that's what MMRuth is talking about, and they are a far cry from cakey and dried out.

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                                Doughnut Plant
                                379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                                1. re: gutsofsteel

                                  Yes, that is the one I am talking about, and I've not had a cakey yet dried out donut from there.

                        2. le pain

                          1. Luke Lobster:
                            Hummus Kitchen
                            Naruto Ramen
                            International Wings Factory
                            H&H Midtown Bagels (open 24 hrs)