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My new job is in Times Square. What to eat for lunch? I'm a native NY'er, not a tourist.

roguepetunia Nov 17, 2011 08:22 AM

I'm a native NY'er, not a tourist. I do not willing venture near Times Square. But fate has brought me a new job right smack in Times Square, 43rd and B'way.

What am I to do? I won't have time to stroll over to Hell's Kitchen everyday and I don't cook frequently enough at home to solve this problem by bringing home cooked left overs.

Any suggestions for realistic, daily options, that don't break the bank (not over $10 please) and taste good, relatively healthy?


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    Beau711 Nov 17, 2011 02:42 PM

    If I worked in your area, I would probably eat at the Cafe Edison at Hotel Edison, located at

    228 West 47th Street. The atmosphere is out of the 1940s/50s and probably hasn't been decorated since then. The soups are hearty and delicious. They have everything from burgers to pierogi and it's all good and cheap.

    I once saw the great late actor Alan Bates having coffee there before his play began.

    It's also known as the Polish Tea Room. This place is the real thing before Disneyland took over Times Square.

    Cafe Edison
    228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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      roguepetunia Nov 17, 2011 10:27 AM

      Thanks for all the suggestions! Much appreciated.

      1. EatontheRun Nov 17, 2011 10:18 AM

        I work in the area and it's rough going.

        I second Alan Henderson's recommendations for Kati Roll and the two szechuan places on 39th.

        Although I haven't tried it yet, and don't know that I will bother considering the long lines, I see that there's a Shake Shack on 8th and 43rd or 44th for a burger fix. Schnippers on the corner of 8th and 41st has a decent burger as well, but may exceed the $10 budget, as may Shake Shack I suppose.

        The Taim truck parks on the corner of 40th and 6th usually on Thursdays if you want israeli style falafel, which personally happens to be my favorite.

        ChefSamir truck can be found a few times a week on 36th and Broadway.

        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

        Kati Roll Co.
        49 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

        Schnipper's Quality Kitchen
        620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        Shake Shack
        691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Taim Mobile
        , New York, NY 10001

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          foodiewoo Nov 17, 2011 08:58 AM

          Pergola on 39th between Bway and 6th is pretty good... also I would hit up the Bryant Park holiday market, they have AMAZING food thats cheap. Vegetarian Oasis is my fave... everything is delish.

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            kathryn Nov 17, 2011 08:46 AM

            This site seems perfect for your needs. Nothing over $10. Lunch focused.

            See also:

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              GoodGravy Nov 17, 2011 10:04 AM

              Kathryn's got the right idea. Check midtownlunch.com and check their twitter collection for where all the carts and trucks are. Trini-Pak Boys lunch cart on 43rd and 6th comes highly recommended.

              Side note: I see Midtown lunch's founder, Zach, every once in a while on Eat St. on Food Network.

              Trini Paki Boys
              43rd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

              1. re: GoodGravy
                loratliff Nov 17, 2011 10:58 AM

                I'm at 40th and 7th, so I feel your pain.

                Midtown Lunch is great. and they're my go-to for eating in that horrible good food desert. Follow their food truck list on Twitter, so you can see when the good trucks are in the area. I like Rickshaw Dumplings, Schnitzel & Things and one taco truck whose name is escaping me right now.

                As for regular eats, I second Kati Roll Co. (good and cheap!) and a lot of my colleagues love Schnipper's burgers.

                Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
                61 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

                Kati Roll Co.
                49 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                Schnipper's Quality Kitchen
                620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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              Alan Henderson Nov 17, 2011 08:40 AM

              Szechuan Gourmet, Lan Sheng and Kati Roll company are all on the block of 39th between 5th and 6th and are great and can be done under $10. Check out Midtown Lunch for lots of other options.

              Szechuan Gourmet
              21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

              Kati Roll Co.
              49 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

              Lan Sheng
              60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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