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Best weekday lunch in Meatpacking, Chelsea, West Village

Noodle fanatic Oct 15, 2011 10:36 AM

I'm looking for reasonably priced take-out and fairly-quick (in and out within an hour) lunch spots for a party of 4 near my office, which is right by the Standard in the Meatpacking district (W. 13th St./Washington St.). Please list your recommendations below, and point out any standout dishes. Thanks!

Here's a list we currently have on rotation:

*(Brackets) denotes restaurants I wouldn't travel out of my way for, but only eat at for lunch/take-out since I'm nearby and craving a specific item that can't be found in the immediate neighborhood. If you know of place that has a better version of the dish I listed in the neighborhood, please share!

TO-GO

Tuck Shop at Chelsea Market – Great chicken and ham pie.

Dickson's Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market – Assorted sandwiches and daily specials. Particularly fond of their meatloaf sandwich, pulled pork, or chicken legs.

Lobster Place at Chelsea Market – Clam chowder, scallop and bacon chowder, shrimp salad, lobster roll, slider special (3 sliders: 1 crab, 1 shrimp, 1 lobster), sushi, sashimi (rice is free with every order!)

L'Arte del gelato at Chelsea Market – Best flavors: olive oil or hazelnut.

(Bar Suzette at Chelsea Market) – Crepes.

(Tebaya) – a little far; Japanese fast food.

(Baoguette) – delivery; hanger steak with fried egg over rice.

SIT DOWN

Green Table at Chelsea Market – Nice home-made chicken pot pie. Delicious unique desserts.

Meme Mediterranean – Everything is yummy.

(Tanuki Tavern) – $12 Cha Shu ramen with kurobuta pork, tori dango (chicken meatballs in rice crust with spicy ponzu).

(SEA Thai) – Not special, but cheap & not bad for a $9 lunch (appetizer + entree). Best on the lunch menu: steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings, grilled pork chop. Gripe: very skimpy on rice (literally only give you 3-4 bites).

(Bill's Burger) – Burger, malted milkshake, chili cheese fries.

Corner Bistro – Burgers + fries.

(Tavern on Jane) – No-frills American food. $12 lunch specials. Menu not too exciting and very basic, but it's cozy and homey.

$20 AND OVER (Because sometimes, it's OK to splurge)

(Morimoto) – $24 prix fixe (braised black cod box with salad, tempura, sushi, miso soup, and fruit panna cotta). Don't order the ramen here, it's a bowl of $15 chicken consomme with a few strands of inaniwa udon which they call ramen and a few strips of chicken. Sadness. I'm sorry, but inaniwa udon ≠ ramen. Sure, you can stretch the meaning of ramen/拉麵 (no pun intended), which literally means pulled noodles and hence can be any pulled noodles, but honestly, I was disappointed.

Pastis

Cafe Cluny

Spotted Pig

Mary's Fish Camp

THINGS I CRAVE BUT HAVEN'T FOUND NEARBY - please help!

A good hot bowl of noodles (soba, ramen, udon, pho, laksa, Cantonese wonton noodles, etc.) – Sometimes I order delivery from EN Japanese Brasserie for soba, but feel bad it's $14 afterwards.

Onigiri

Good pasta (I have great options at dinner-time, like Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, but neither are open for lunch)

Salad bar (the kind where you pick your own ingredients) – is there an alternative to Hale & Hearty?

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L'Arte del Gelato
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Tebaya
144 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Pastis
9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

The Green Table
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Tavern on Jane
31 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

The Lobster Place
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Morimoto
88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Cafe Cluny
284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Dell'Anima
38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

L'Artusi
228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

Sea Thai
835 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Pho Sure
120 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Bill's Bar & Burger
22 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Tanuki Tavern
18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Dickson's Farmstand Meats
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Bar Suzette
425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014

Meme
581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Tuck Shop
460 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. sgordon RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 15, 2011 01:06 PM

    If you're looking for pasta, in your "$20 AND OVER" category you should certainly add Del Posto. $29 prix fixe for three courses, you could theoretically be in & out in an hour depending how fast you all eat. It is better to linger there and enjoy, though.

    Next door, the Colicchio & Sons "Tap Room" has a lunch prix fixe for $25, IIRC. 2 courses. Could probably pull that one off quicker than Del Posto.

    For cheaper pasta, walk up to Donatella. Pizza's good, haven't tried the pasta yet personally. but I suspect they do it right. Most dishes are under $20. A little further North there's also Bar Baresco and Chelsea Ristorante.

    In various other directions but all within walking distance, you've got Barbuto, Centro Vinoteca, and the new Frankies 570 Spuntino.

    For Pho: Co Ba and Omai are nearby.

    For Laksa, Fatty Crab. Not sure if they have it for lunch, though.

    Other places, in general: Crema or Suenos for Mexican, RUB BBQ (delivers), Txikito, Red Cat...

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    Barbuto
    775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

    RUB BBQ
    208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

    Centro Vinoteca
    74 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Bar Baresco
    191 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Omai
    158 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Red Cat
    227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Crema
    111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Fatty Crab
    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    Suenos
    311 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    Chelsea Ristorante
    108 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Colicchio & Sons
    85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Co Ba
    110 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Donatella
    184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Frankies 570 Spuntino
    570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: sgordon
      Noodle fanatic RE: sgordon Oct 17, 2011 09:08 AM

      Haven't been to Red Cat in years... any standout dishes for lunch?

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        Noodle fanatic RE: sgordon Oct 17, 2011 09:17 AM

        Thanks! Will start trying today and report back.

        I liked Colicchio & Sons for its beautiful space – good value for a business lunch spot. But wouldn't go out of my way to dine there otherwise.

        Has anyone tried the Standard Grill for lunch? My dinner there last week was overpriced and nothing special. Nice atmosphere though.

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        Standard Grill
        848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

        Colicchio & Sons
        85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: sgordon
          Noodle fanatic RE: sgordon Oct 25, 2011 01:51 PM

          I went to Co Ba today, and had probably one of the best Summer Rolls I've had in NYC! (Tom Cuon – grilled prawns in soft rice paper with rice noodles, basil and lettuce, and a peanut dipping sauce). It was $7 for 2 skinnier-than-expected rolls, but it was well worth it since the grilled shrimp was very fresh and well prepared. The roll focused on the shrimp and didn't contain too much vermicelli. Some might say not enough vermicelli, but it was delicate and well balanced in my opinion.

          I also had the Banh Mi Thit (assorted cold nuts, grilled honey plum-glazed pork, house made pickles, cilantro, jalapenos and mayo on a french baguette) for $7.50, which was pretty good.

          Just wish they'd have paté in heir banh mis. Will ask the next time I'm there.

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          Co Ba
          110 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            michelleats RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 25, 2011 06:19 PM

            I wish they had pate on the banh mi, too. I don't think they offer it at all.

            Sgordon is right that CoBa has a surprisingly fair bowl of pho, too! It's probably your best bet for pho anywhere in the neighborhoods you name.

          2. re: sgordon
            LeahBaila RE: sgordon Oct 25, 2011 01:59 PM

            Good call on Donatella...

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            Donatella
            184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            kathryn RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 17, 2011 09:16 AM

            Are you in delivery range of Legend?

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              Noodle fanatic RE: kathryn Oct 17, 2011 09:24 AM

              I think so. Do you mean this place? http://legendrestaurant88.com

              The menu looks legit. What's good there?

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                kathryn RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 17, 2011 09:37 AM

                I have only been once so far but we really liked the dan dan noodles and wontons in red sesame oil.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736719

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                Legend
                88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                  cortez RE: kathryn Oct 18, 2011 02:16 AM

                  Noodle,

                  I'll second the rec for Del Posto, an elegant and quiet place for lunch. Amazing value and superb service. Quite unusual lunch option in a busy neighborhood.

                  Also, I've enjoyed lunch at the counter at the Standard Grill. Shared charcuterie platter and other bites in a vibrant, fun atmosphere.

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                  Del Posto
                  85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                  Standard Grill
                  848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

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              valerie RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 19, 2011 12:30 PM

              It's a little further up on 10th Avenue, but PepeGiallo had good pasta when I was there for dinner over the summer.

              http://pepegiallo.com/

              And across the street is Bottino, nice, but more expensive.

              http://bottinonyc.com/index.php

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              Bottino
              246 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

              Pepe Giallo
              253 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

              1. LeahBaila RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 25, 2011 01:59 PM

                Have you done Friedman's Lunch? That's a good one, too.

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                Friedman's Lunch
                75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                  michelleats RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 25, 2011 06:14 PM

                  For laksa, try Laut. They probably deliver to you. And if not, it's not that bad a walk on a nice day. Sit down or delivery.

                  El Cocotero on W. 18th is great for Venezuelan (arepas, empanadas, patacones, cachapas). Sit-down and I *think* delivery.

                  On West 14th, Coppelia is very, very greasy -- beware of food coma -- but the food is enjoyable while you're actually eating it. They also offer an arepa sandwich with a deep fried masa shell (in contrast to El Cocotero's excellent baked shells). Sit-down or delivery.

                  And there's a good new(ish) dosa place on Bleeker and Macdougal called Indian Creperie that does great dosas (crispy, thin, not overly oily) and fair vada for a very good price -- about what you'd pay in the East 20s Little India area. I'm not a huge fan of the sambar -- it's very thick and chunky without much tamarind -- but that's probably just a stylistic preference. Anyway, it's worth checking out. They do deliver, but dosas are meant to be eaten hot from the pan, so try to go in person.

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                  El Cocotero
                  228 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                  Laut
                  15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Coppelia
                  207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                  Indian Creperie
                  190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

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                  1. re: michelleats
                    LeahBaila RE: michelleats Oct 26, 2011 05:07 AM

                    Good call on Laut. I dream about their beef rendang.

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                    Laut
                    15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                  2. Noodle fanatic RE: Noodle fanatic Oct 28, 2011 10:28 AM

                    Any suggestions for lunch under $10 in the same area?

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