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Oct 21, 2011 09:05 PM

Looking for lunch around Javits center

Will be going into NYC next week via Penn Station, walking over to Javits, and I'd like some good ideas for lunch. Nothing sit down (at least, nothing that takes all that long); really good carts would be more than fine. I'd prefer something other than the usual slice of pizza.

What's out: not a fan of deep-fried, and I don't care for pasta. Think I've overdosed on Chinese food over the years.
What's in: love spicy; anything different.

Needed: something between Penn Station and Javits, +/- north and south. Maybe Go Go Curry?

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    1. Food Parc or Food Gallery 32 could work. They're both slightly east of Penn Station (1 and 2 blocks, respectively), so won't take you far out of your way.

      They're both fancy food courts. Food Parc has burgers, sandwiches and salads: Food Gallery 32 has Korean, Taiwanese, Korean-Chinese and Japanese options, including an Asian-style crepe place on the third floor:

      The Han Ah Reum supermarket on the same block as Food Gallery 32 has takeaway food by the register, including Korean style sushi rolls, bindae duk and other kinds of pancakes (not freshly pan fried, but warm), japchae, and trays of Korean blood sausage, liver and pig ears with seasoned salt for dipping.

      Han Ah Reum
      25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      845 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      Food Gallery 32
      11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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      1. re: michelleats

        I'm in a similar situation and am thinking about grabbing lunch To go tomorrow at Food Court 32. What are some of your favorite stalls/items and how crowded do you think it will be at noon? (I have a train leaving from Penn Station at 1pm.)

        1. re: Elyssa

          It's never taken me more than 5 or 10 minutes to receive an order. I don't think you'll have a problem getting in and out.

          As for best food.... It really depends on what you're looking for. The zongzi at Bian Dang are reasonably good, but you have to like zongzi, of course. The chigaes I've tried at Hanok have been good, as well, but everything seems to be (to me overly) toned down, there, in terms of spicing. I'm not personally a fan of Korean- and Japanese-style European food (spaghetti smothered in creamy sauces with bulgogi on top or something), but some people like it and find Pastel appealing. A Bulgarian friend who'd lived in Hong Kong for years adored Pastel, oddly enough.

          If you're really worried about time, Pastel does make some tray lunches ahead of time that you can just grab and pay for, without having to wait. They usually have some Korean-style sushi rolls ready made, too.

          I've only written up a few places, but maybe you'll find something in here useful:

          (I'm not positive Korea House is still open. O-de-ppang! might be in the space where K-House was.)

          Food Gallery 32
          11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

          1. re: michelleats

            Correction: Korea house is still open (#4) and the place with premade lunch trays is Boon Sik Zip (#1). hope this ended up working out for you Elyssa.

      2. Right now I'm considering No. 7 Sub
        though I'm still looking for something more westerly/north rather than east/south of Penn.

        1. Well, I went to No. 7 Sub (going back to NY today, but with the weather, I likely won't wander around).

          I had the brisket sub ("Chinese Mustard, Pickled Mushrooms, Parsley"), and I was disappointed. It COULD have been a very good sandwich, except for one thing: the presence of mayo, not mentioned in the description. I loathe mayonnaise. Even aside from that... mayo and brisket? {shudder}

          No. 7 Sub
          1188 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

          1. When I used to work in the neighborhood one of my favorites was a Pakistani spot on 9th ave between 36th and 37th, east side of the street. On Tuesdays they had a ground chicken dish similar to a haleem that was really great. Spicy and relatively cheap. Other things were hit or miss. I would say go go is a good option as well. If looking for a good sandwich, Salumeria Bielise just south of the Garden on 8th is by far the best option in the area.

            Salumeria Biellese
            376 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            Kashmir 9
            478 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018