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Dec 27, 2011 06:50 AM

Weekday Lunch-Only Spots

Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster. Anyway, I'm usually busy during the week and don't have much of a chance to venture afield from my office (by the culinary wasteland that is Penn Station). So I wanted to ask if there are any places that only serve lunch on weekdays (especially places that aren't even open for dinner) that I should try during the holiday week, when I'll be "working from home." Cheap and counter service is always a plus too; I'm looking for something casual, not upscale. Anywhere subway accessible should work. I'm into pretty much everything except Middle Eastern/traditional Jewish fare.


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  1. Not sure which borough you're in so:

    Bklyn: Joe's of Ave U (McDonald Ave/Ave U, almost under the F train station) for excellent Sicilian. Second place goes to Ferdinando's on Union off the BQE. Or DiFara's for pizza.

    Queens: Flushing C'town's New World Mall or Golden Mall

    Manhattan: Indian buffets on Lex/upper 20s (Dhaba is my favorite)

    Golden Shopping Mall
    41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

    Joe's of Avenue U
    287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Ferdinando's Focacceria
    151 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    New World Mall
    40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

    1. DeFonte's in Red Hook isn't exactly easy to get to on the subway (now that the smith/9th FG stop isnt operational) but if you're up for a bus its quite the experience - great subs, the steak pizzaolo, firehouse (roast pork w broccoli rabe and provolone) and meatball are all epic, the much touted roast beef w fresh mozz and fried eggplant is good but not my cup of tea. the clientele is hilariously working man - you have to do something tough to work up an appetite for one of these sandwiches - lots of construction workers and firemen. No seating to speak of, but lots of guys hanging around eating on the counter before going back to their shifts.

      Defonte's Sandwich Shop
      379 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      1. If you have occasion to take a break or want to get out of your home office, have a latte and a snack at Cafe Pedlar in cobble hill.

        Cafe Pedlar
        210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201