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Lunch around 23rd or 28th street station(6 subway)

Any recommended lunch spot? meeting a friend who works at 22rd and Park but I am sure she can walk up to 28ish..

Something under $20 would be nice as my friend has a budget and we both eat everything.

Looks like Les Halles has steak and frites special for $20...and Il Trulli has bar lunch special for $19..they both sound good..any thoughts?

Any good Thai/Vietnamese/Japanese in the area?

How is Chinese Mirch? It looks like it has bad reviews.

Is Eataly too crazy and busy for a quick lunch?

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  1. East Asian is pretty weak in this area, overall.

    Gramercy Tavern has a lunch special on weekdays. For $16, you can get a soup and a sandwich which changes daily. They post to Twitter what the special is frequently:

    Some past examples:

    Soup/Sandwich: Heirloom Tomatoes, House-Cured Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Avocado-Basil Aioli on Bianco con Pecorino + Chilled Tomato&Peach Soup

    Today's Soup/Sandwich: VT Wagyu Corned Beef, Reading Cheese, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing on Rye + Chilled Corn Soup

    Today's soup/sandwich: Chilled Cucumber Soup w/ Scallions, Tomatoes & Quinoa + House-made Duck Sausage w/ Kimchi Aioli on Baguette

    Soup/Sandwich: House-made Duck Sausage, Carrots, Daikon, Cabbage, Kimchi Aioli on Focaccia + Tomato & Summer Bean Soup w/ Zucchini & Dill

    Maialino also has a similar lunch special.

    Some other stuff closer to 23rd/28th:

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    1. re: kathryn

      wow that soup and sandwich special sounds amazing!

      1. re: kathryn

        I'd second GT, love the tavern room for lunch or dinner - but it's definitely much easier to get into for lunch.

        How about ilili - decent lunch specials and prix-fixe option. Maysville has great modern southern food and is quite affordable at lunch. Maialino is another option if you will walk east, phenomenal Roman pastas and salumi, although staying under $20pp may be tough.

        If you're looking for a cheap lunch however, Curry Hill area may be your best option.

      2. We like I Trulli
        There are a couple of Thai places on Park Ave but I have not been.
        Curry Hill on Lexington offers a plentitude of Indian/Pakistani but I am not a fan of that cuisine. Many inexpensive lunch specials.
        Dukes is good inexpensive comfort food
        L'Express is good and in your budget if you keep it simple
        I almost forgot about one of our favorites Stix on E 23. Excellent Middle Eastern small plates.

        1. Hill Country is on 26th just east of 6th Ave.

          Waldy's on 6th Ave between 26th and 27th.

          How about Artisanal at 2 Park (32nd St)? There's a lunch special for $21.

              1. I like Bamiyan, an Afghan kebab house on Third Avenue at 26th Street.


                1. And Indian? I'm partial to Saravanaa. Vegetarian but it's pretty good. Get dosa or thali.

                  1. Dhaba is one block over from Park at 28th and Lex. They have a $10.95 weekday lunchtime buffet.

                    Their ala carte menu is one of the best in the city. I'm not a fan of Indian buffets in general but I'm sure this one would be way above average.

                    Chote Newab, just across the street, has lunchtime kebab platters for $11. Their ala carte menu is also terrific.

                    Great Sichuan (363 3rd Ave at 26th) is also a good choice.


                    I'd stay away from Chinese Mirch. It used to be pretty good but I read those reports that it had declined. I went myself and found out they were true.

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                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      I am not a big fan of Indian..but thanks.

                      Sad to hear about Chinese Mirch...

                      1. re: Monica

                        Since you mentioned Chinese Mirch it prompted me to give you both Chinese and Indian recommendations.

                        Anyway, good luck with your search.

                    2. Eataly at lunch time can be nuts and way too stressful IMO. That said, there are some great options- just would be difficult to have a relaxing meal and catch up with a friend

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                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                        Haha, thanks for the tip. Now that I am in my late 30s, I like having my meals in relaxed atmosphere. I may stop by to get some gelato though.

                        1. re: Monica

                          Same here! And the gelato is a great idea since its on the outer edges- their pistachio is exceptional