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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.

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  1. What does "mid-priced" mean to you? Can you name a dollar figure per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Good question. $15 per person or so.

      1. re: MattGa462

        As others are saying below, that's not really mid-priced in Manhattan, especially a high rent district like Midtown. That's more like cheap eats.

        Can you do Chinese? Maybe Hunan Manor, Cafe China, Szechuan Gourmet, etc?

    2. 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.

      1. $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).

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        1. re: Elizabeth E.

          Head down below 42 St on Lex or 3 Ave for less expensive places.

        2. Just get a lunch sandwich special from Grand Central oyster place. The sandwiches are all around $10.

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          1. re: Monica

            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.

            1. re: hill food

              I always get the tuna sandwich with a glass of Allagash. yumm..a great combo.

              There are a lot of lunch places in midtown east where you can have a good lunch for less than $15. Of course, most of these places will be Ethnic food but most of them are darn tasty. =)

            2. re: Monica

              I thought those Oyster Bar sandwiches were takeout / counter service only, though. Will be tough to get 7 bar stools all in a row...
              http://www.oysterbarny.com/faqs/

              1. re: kathryn

                you are right about that but there is a little cocktail sort of area where you can get a table..i did that last time.

            3. 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).

              Ipanema (46/Fifth)
              http://www.ipanemanyc.com/index.html

              Chips and Salsa (46 btwn 5th/6th)
              http://chipsnsalsanyc.com/

              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.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                I am sure you mean the food court at Grand Central Terminal. The market is not a restaurant.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    It's ok. I made a mistake once.
                    At least you did not call it Grand Central Station, the post office.

              2. 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.