Friday lunch spot near Grand Central
Seeking a fun, casual, mid-priced spot for a group of 7 people within walking distance to the Roosevelt Hotel at 45th and Madison.
We'll be arriving at the hotel and would like to walk somewhere close by.
Burgers at Rare (37 and Lex) are in your price range.
Otherwise El Rio Grande (Mexican) on 38 and 3rd or Dukes on 37 and 3rd. Casual comfort food that won't break the bank.
$15 isn't a lot for lunch in midtown. For instance at Naples 45 in the MetLife building (pizza-pasta), lunch entrees are in the $15-$25 range, and it's a casual place.
Two burger places are closer than those already mentioned: Beer Bar next to Cafe Centro in the MetLife building, and Shake Shack (lower level of Grand Central, recently opened, don't know what lunchtime lines are like).
Monica, I too was going to say (well I guess I am saying) IN Grand Central. love the Oyster Bar and it has one of the few remaining examples of Guastavino tile vaulting left in the US (if you're a design geek).
although lunch in NYC that's more than a dirty-water dog or a slice for less than $15 is a challenge.
I've got two options for you (aside from eating at Grand Central Market, which logistically speaking might be difficult given the size of your group).
Chips and Salsa (46 btwn 5th/6th)
Both should easily be budget friendly for you if you stay away from the alcohol. And both are easily within walking distance from your hotel.
Unfortunately, there is very little between the grab and go sandwich places and the expense account lunches in this area.
When looking for a cheap but sit down lunch, we always end up at either Naples or Darbar, not because either is particularly special, but rather because they are the only things in this price range in the neighborhood. And if you do go to Naples, ignore the entrees and split some pizzas, and your budget should be close.