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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.

  1. n
    ninrn Mar 18, 2011 12:11 AM

    Thanks for the suggestions! I really appreciate it.

    1. c
      CatoUWS Mar 9, 2011 01:05 PM

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

      1. boredough Mar 8, 2011 03:50 AM

        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. s
          scotty27 Mar 8, 2011 03:40 AM

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


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

          1. j
            j.jessica.lee Mar 7, 2011 07:26 PM

            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. r
              rkaene Mar 7, 2011 06:48 PM

              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. coasts Mar 7, 2011 05:36 PM

                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. Miss Needle Mar 7, 2011 05:16 PM

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

                  1. JoanN Mar 7, 2011 03:58 PM

                    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
                      uwsgrazer Mar 7, 2011 05:49 PM

                      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
                        JoanN Mar 8, 2011 04:05 AM

                        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
                          uwsgrazer Mar 8, 2011 04:23 AM

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

                    2. m
                      msny98 Mar 7, 2011 03:46 PM

                      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
                        uwsgrazer Mar 7, 2011 05:51 PM

                        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
                          tpigeon Mar 8, 2011 05:27 AM

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

                          1. re: tpigeon
                            buttertart Mar 9, 2011 11:01 AM

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

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