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Sep 18, 2011 05:49 PM

Cheap Eats with Baby for Lunch

So, my title says it all. I'm staying in a hotel in the heart of Midtown with my DH and 7 month old, and I'm a hungry lady!

We are on a tight budget, so nothing more than $20 pp. Yes, I know, it's not much, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

I don't want to have to hit the subway with a stroller, and I'm not keen on taking cab rides with our little one not strapped into a car seat. So, walking distance is necessary.


I'd be mostly interested in places that serve good lunch and early dinners (think 5pm). Breakfast is good, too. We'll be there a few weekdays and a weekend, so brunch is good too (as long as it's not somewhere we have to wait for an hour for a table. The waiting does not go over so well with our little guy. He's pretty well behaved for a nice meal, but adding a long wait on top of that doesn't really work so well.

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  1. Does the $20 pp exclude tax, tip, and drinks?

    Cuisine preferences?

    Midtown is a fairly large area. Could you be more specific regarding your location? Cross streets?

    1. How would you feel about a food truck? There are many good ones in the area, especially on a weekday and you would stay well below your budget.

      These are a few ideas that are non-food trucks:

      Pampano Taqueria (pretty good for takeaway tacos; not a food truck, but a takeaway window)

      Kyotofu (portions on the small side; pleasant place to sit)

      Amy's Bread, Hell's Kitchen branch (limited seating)

      Fika (Swedish; limited bar-like seating)

      Yakitori Totto (Japanese; good food, casual sit-down; I'm not certain it's baby friendly, since I've never seen babies there, but I doubt it'd be a problem.)

      Mooncake Foods (nominally pan Asian, very Americanized, but fair; healthy-ish; sit down)

      Tulcingo del Valle (casual sit-down)

      Azuri Cafe (Israeli / Middle Eastern)

      And there are a good number more reviews of inexpensive lunch options here:

      Yakitori Totto
      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      41 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

      Azuri Cafe
      465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

      Amy's Bread
      672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Tulcingo del Valle
      665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Pampano Taqueria
      805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

      407 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

      1. Aburiya Kinnosuke on 45th between 2nd and 3rd (so, pretty far east but decidedly midtown) has a great lunch special each day (it changes) for 13 bucks. It is not the best japanese food in manhattan but it is easily the best value ive come across, you get a series of small (and sometimes not small) dishes and, while its mostly a business crowd but they have mostly semi-private booths so i'd think a non-loud 7 month old would be fine. They only prepare 10 servings of the 13 dollar special, so if you want to be sure you get one, going early, like 1130 is recommended.

        Aburiya Kinnosuke
        213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

        1. The $20 would be with tax and drinks. We probably won't be dining with wine or beer. We really enjoy all types of cuisines. We're staying at 6th Ave x W 53rd. We're also open to early dinners. Anywhere we can sit down between 3-5 is good.

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          1. re: Miss Andi

            There's a famous halal cart right on that corner.

            It's on the southeast corner during the day and southwest during the right.

            Halal Chicken and Gyro
            106 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019