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Sep 12, 2013 08:38 AM

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:

    2 Replies
    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.