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Jun 28, 2011 07:10 AM

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

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. 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.

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

    499 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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

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    1. re: princeofpork

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

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

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

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

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      1. re: clalll52

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

      2. 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.

        113 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: stefathena

          Nature works does have big portions. try the Bobs Plate

        2. 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.

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

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

          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          DiDi Dumpling
          38 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: sugartoof

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


            DiDi Dumpling
            38 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: RGR

              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.

              1. re: sugartoof

                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.


                1. re: RGR

                  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?

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    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.


                2. re: sugartoof

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

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

            2. Curry In A Hurry
              Sophie's Cuban

              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