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Jan 3, 2011 06:32 PM

Inexpensive lunch and dinner near Central Park West

I live in Boston but I'll be in NYC this Fri-Sat for an interview. I'm staying in Central Park West (near 63rd St) and I'm looking for some casual and quick lunch options near my hotel. I'm a poor medical student so I'm looking for something on the inexpensive side (around $10 for lunch). I'm open to all types of cuisine, except chinese food. Later on I'm going to an event at a bar (on the west side near 80th st) but I'm not sure there will be much food there so I'm hoping to grab a light and quick bite to eat beforehand. Again, I'd like to keep it on the cheaper side (but willing to spend a little more than lunch). Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. $10 for lunch - does that include tax and tip? Maybe pizza or a falafel....?

    1. Carnegie Deli, 854 7th Avenue at 55th Street, for a classic NY experience. The sandwiches are mile high and shareable.

      Le Pain Quotidien, 7 East 53rd Street, is a Belgian bakery/cafe which serves soup, salad and sandwiches. It is a healthy, inexpensive option which serves quiche, eggs for breakfast, Belgian waffles and wonderful in house baked bread along with nice cafe au lait.

      Bouchon Bakery, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd floor, 60th Street at Broadway has a wonderful quiche, and ham and cheese on a baugette along with yummy pastries.

      As a former Bostonian, good luck with those places.

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      Carnegie Deli
      854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: TravellingFoodie

        There's a much closer Le Pain Quotidien, I believe on West 65th (or West 66th), between CPW & Broadway.

        The YMCA on West 63rd Street has a small cafe inside called "63 bites". The location would be convenient to your hotel. Prices are reasonable. I've eaten there only a couple of times. There's even a dining area where you can bring your food to eat. The surroundings are a bit drab, but if you're pressed for time it could be a decent option that should allow you to stay in your budget

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          You're absolutely right about Le Pain between CPW & Broadway.

        2. re: TravellingFoodie

          One of those mile-high Carnegie Deli sandwiches (one of the cheaper ones) will set you back $16 before tax and tip and the plate sharing fee is another $5.

        3. Lansky's on Columbus &71 great deli, great value!
          agree with Bouchon Bakery

          Lansky's Old World Deli
          235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

          1. Yo, Boston!
            Walk up to Zabar's and sit in the tiny cafe next to the store for lunch.
            Or, around the corner, go to Barney Greengrass.
            It's 20 blocks or so from the hotel, but you're young and strong, I know you can do it.

            Dinner? Burger Joint inside the Meridien Hotel on 57th & 6th.

            I'm Boston-based, too, but with NYC roots & med school savvy.


            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Burger Joint
            118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: scotty27

              Across the street from the Meridien is Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza.

              1. re: scotty27

                I like the Zabar recommendation! We don't really have anything like it in Boston either!

              2. There's a Maoz on 70th near Bway. It a terrific place for an inexpensive lunch. I love all the toppings they have for self-service. (Oh, it's a falafel joint and they also have pretty good Belgian style fries too.) And there is seating there.

                2047 Broadway, New York, NY 10023