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Great cheap lunch near 66th & Broadway

  • ninrn Mar 7, 2011 12:03 PM

Our offices just moved to 66th &Bway. Any suggestions for great, relatively cheap places to eat lunch in the area? Ethnic food suggestions and/or vegetarian-friendly suggestions are especially welcome. Sit-down not necessary, but nice. Thank you.

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  1. There is Nanoosh (hummus place) at Broadway and about 67th. The Hummus Place is at Amsterdam and 74/75. Maoz vegetarian at Amsterdam and 70/71. Ollies right at 67th. I like the pizza at Rigoletto (and will get flamed for it) at Columbus and 70th.

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    1. re: msny98

      Also La Traviata and Francesco's for pizza. The latter (west side of Columbus between 68th and 69th) also has other Italian food, along with reasonably comfortable seating (for the price point).

      La Traviata
      101 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023

      1. re: msny98

        I'm a bit surprised no one mentioned bouchon in columbus circle.

        1. re: tpigeon

          "Thomas Keller" and "cheap" are mutually exclusive concepts in my experience.

      2. Decent Chinese, take-out only, at Wok City on Amsterdam between 66 & 67. Don't dismiss Westside Diner on the northeast corner of 69th & B'way. Love their turkey club and tuna salad on rye toast. And don't forget that Whole Foods, an easy walk especially in good weather, has a huge food court and lots of tables.

        ETA: And there's a Pain Quotidien on 65th, just east of B'way.

        Wok City
        153 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Westside Restaurant
        2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: JoanN

          I must have walked by Wok City a zillion times without even noticing it! What's good there? The menu seems to have both standard American-Chinese fare (lo mein, etc.) as well as Szechuan stuff.

          Wok City
          153 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: uwsgrazer

            Wok City can be up or down depending on who's manning the woks, but unlike j.jessica.lee, I think it's consistently better than Ollie's--by a long shot. I do agree, though, that it's not "great." As far as I'm concerned, in this immediate neighborhood you can have either "great" or "cheap." Choose one. I chose to concentrate on cheap.

            Not exactly what you'd go to a Chinese restaurant for, but their fried chicken wings are terrific. Their spareribs are usually meaty and nicely charred. The soups are mostly reliable. I like their Kung Po Chicken, and as a lunch special it's a steal. Generally, I like their Szechuan dishes best, although I find them underseasoned.

            What can I say? It's a Chinese take-out and delivery joint. But when that's what you're up for, it fills the bill without costing too many of them.

            Wok City
            153 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: JoanN

              Their lunch specials do look like a great deal! I'll have to give them a try one day. Thanks

        2. A bit of a walk, but you always have the salad bar and hot bar at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods.

          1. there's a 'wichcraft nearby. Burrata on Amsterdam and 76th serves a decent Neopolitan pie. not as good as Keste, but definitely a good option for the neighborhood. Lime Leaf on 72nd serves decent NY-style Thai. also on 72nd is Gray's Papaya and Soom Soom.

            I've never been, but there's Ed's Chowder House and The Yard at 160.

            Gray's Papaya
            402 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

            Lime Leaf
            128 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

            Ed's Chowder House
            44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

            Soom Soom
            166 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

            1. Lanskys 71 & Columbus. jewish deli, second rigeletto, If you go to whole foods, you may wait a long time, the lines are insane. They do have a small sit down sushi counter.

              1. I second 'wichcraft, though I don't know what your idea of relatively cheap is. The most expensive sandwich will run you just under $10. They are great though. I especially like the roasted pork sandwich. Their pastries are great too! They have veggie options as well. The atrium is a nice place to sit and eat.

                Don't forget Grandaisy Bakery on 72nd and Amsterdam. There are two bar stools you can eat at, but it will have to be eaten elsewhere. Their cauliflower pizza, mushroom pizza, and pizza bianca are truly amazing and veggie friendly. Their sandwiches are also delicious. Actually, anything on their bread is going to blow you away. Seriously. I love anything here.

                Also don't forget Shake Shack on 77th and Columbus! Not veggie friendly, but one veggie option - Shroom burger!

                I would respectfully disagree with the Wok City recommendation. Ollie's .... Also not great. It will do, but not great at all. It does fulfill cheap!

                Grandaisy Bakery
                176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

                Wok City
                153 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

                1. I second Gray's Papaya. Hey, you said cheap. Or: Take out from Citarella.


                  Gray's Papaya
                  2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  1. Fairway Café on Broadway (btw 74th/75th)
                    Amber on Columbus @ 70th
                    Earthen Oven on Columbus @ 72nd (I think they serve a luncheon buffet)
                    Big Nick's on Broadway (btw 76th/77th) - preferably when it's nice enough to sit outside

                    Earthen Oven
                    53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

                    Big Nick's
                    2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                    1. There's a Goodburger on 8th Ave between 57 and 58.

                      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I really appreciate it.