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BIG portions on small budgets in Gramercy / Kips Bay / East Flatiron for Lunch?

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Andrassebestyen89 Jun 28, 2011 07:10 AM

Like the title says, I'm looking for big lunch portions for $10 or under at lunch hours. No chinese food please, but everything else is highly appreciated!

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  1. princeofpork Jun 28, 2011 07:38 AM

    Baby Bos and Blockheads have nice protions for under 10$ You could get 10 $1 slices at the plac eon 2nd and 28th. They are actually decent.
    Clover Deli makes good sandwiches on home made rye bread. 34th and 3rd.

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    Baby Bo's Cantina
    627 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Blockheads
    499 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Clover Delicatessen
    621 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      Hey19 Jun 28, 2011 07:44 AM

      Indian all you can eat buffets on lex, I suggest Tiffen Wallah, but there are a bunch of good ones.

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      Tiffin Wallah
      127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

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      clalll52 Jun 28, 2011 07:57 AM

      On W. 26th St. (between Broadway & 6th) The Latin American restaurant. Big portion, all under $ 10, very good cuban sandwich also

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      Latin American Restaurant
      29 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: clalll52
        princeofpork Jun 28, 2011 10:31 AM

        Which neighborhood would you consider that?
        Gramercy / Kips Bay / East Flatiron

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        stefathena Jun 29, 2011 07:19 AM

        There's some lunch trucks that hit the area that have pretty huge portions. Usually lasts me 2 days for lunch. Specifically BistroTruck and Schnitz&Things.

        There's a natural foods place that has really substantial portions on 31st between Park and Lex called Natureworks Restaurant.

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        Natureworks
        113 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

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          princeofpork Jun 29, 2011 11:21 AM

          Nature works does have big portions. try the Bobs Plate

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          sugartoof Jun 29, 2011 01:18 PM

          Demonte's for the roast beef or pork sandwich.
          Several Indian buffets.
          Eataly might take creativity, but it's there.
          Dos Toros isn't too far, near Union Square.
          The dumpling shop at the corner of 24th/Lexington.

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          Defonte's Sandwich Shop
          261 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

          Dos Toros
          137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          DiDi Dumpling
          38 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

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            RGR Jul 2, 2011 09:58 AM

            I've wondered about DiDi Dumpling. How good are the dumplings and other items?

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            DiDi Dumpling
            38 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

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              sugartoof Jul 2, 2011 01:49 PM

              They're similar to the street carts that sell dumplings and "spaghetti" near Astor place, and around 14th. Much better than you would expect, but far from the best dumplings in the city.

              The pork pot stickers are all done by hand, with good filling, and a sloppy fold over technique to make longish thin cigar shaped dumplings. It's a crapshoot when you go if they serve you a pile that's been sitting on the grill a while, but it doesn't make a huge difference for taste. It's a good value, but not Vanessa's/Prosperity cheap. I think the filling is better than those places though.

              The tempura is just shredded sticks of carrot, clumped and dumped in tempura batter. It was strange, and not in a good way.

              The hot and sour soup was a combination of a couple Asian pourage/soups. Again, odd...but this was good tasting.

              I haven't had the noodles but for a quick dumpling fix if you're already in the area, it's good.

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                RGR Jul 3, 2011 08:22 AM

                Thanks for the detailed reply, sugartoof. Even though it's very close to us, we won't be trying it. Too many other great options in that area to "waste" a meal.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  sugartoof Jul 3, 2011 11:29 AM

                  It's convenient if you've only got $5 in your pocket, and certainly better than the nearby Rafiq carts.

                  What are your go to dumplings in the area?

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                    RGR Jul 3, 2011 02:57 PM

                    I can certainly understand budget being an issue.

                    We've only had dumplings once in NYC, several years ago at Joe's Shanghai, in Chinatown. We've also had them at a couple of places in NJ. So, we're not exactly dumpling aficionados.

                    We don't do food carts.

                    ETA: I should amend that slightly because we have bought ice cream from the Van Leeuwen truck when it's been parked on 23rd St. & B'way.

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                2. re: sugartoof
                  MWinston Jul 5, 2011 01:47 PM

                  The cart in Astor you are talking about is called APou's Taste

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                  A-Pou's Taste
                  26 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003

            2. MWinston Jul 1, 2011 01:07 PM

              Curry In A Hurry
              Eisenberg's
              Sophie's Cuban
              Defonte's
              Kalustyan's

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              Kalustyan's
              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
              174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Curry in a Hurry
              119 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
              28 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

              Defonte's Sandwich Shop
              261 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                Beau711 Jul 2, 2011 11:47 AM

                Head over to Curry Hill on Lexington Avenue from about 25th Street to 29th Street, My favorite AYCE buffet lunches are Madras Mahal, 27 & 28th Streets, They have an unlimited vegetabe buffet for $7.95. Their Uttanman pancakes are so delicious and I top them off with raita.

                Copper Chimney on 28th Street off Lexington Ave., is $9.95 for the buffet which usually includes 3 different kinds of chicken, lamb, vegies & dessert,

                These two are my favorites,

                If you want to eat outside while the weather is nice, grab a sandwich or salad and head over to Madison Square Park bet, 23rd & 25th Streets on Madison Aveue, This area has the dumb name NoMad but it's really the Flatiron District. You can even see the Flatiron Building from the park. For dessert, splurge on a custard ice cream from Shake Shack in the park.

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                Madras Mahal
                104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

                Copper Chimney
                126 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

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