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fatty_mouthfeel Feb 13, 2014 10:12 AM

Recently started working close to 149th and Grand Concourse and trying to find lunch options in the neighborhood that aren't Mickey D's or Subway.

Sit-down or carry-out within 10 minutes walk or so, or delivery from further out would work.

I'm down for whatever is good. Would love to find a bodega that dishes up some good stewed chicken or pork ribs. West African? Absolutely. Soul food? Yes. An above-average slice? Sure.

And yes, I have searched this board for ideas. Not much, and a lot of it several years old. The two most helpful threads:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/426419#2801575

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5800...

So far, my list of places to try is: El Nuevo Delicioso, La Perla Mexicana, Bruckner Bar & Grill, Sam's Soul Food, and La Isla Cuchifrito (ate there once- average fried pork, below average rice and beans- will give it another shot with another dish).

Don't let me have to pack a sandwich every day....

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    NewYorkNewHaven Feb 13, 2014 10:41 AM

    Some places to look into, with appropriate links:

    Bate for Guinean. Particularly dig the sweet potato leaf stew. Sauce Clare is good, too. See more here: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/02/bronx-eats-bate-west-african-cuisine.html

    Mexicosina has a location relatively close to you. Can be hit or miss, generally decent and above average for New York Mexican. More: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/01/bronx-eats-more-about-mexicocina-mott-haven.html?ref=search

    Carnitas El Atoradero is too far of a walk, but they do deliver. And they serve the best Mexican food in town. More: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/01/carnitas-el-atoradero-pueblan-mexican-food-the-bronx.html

    Nano Billiard's on 167th and the Concourse deliver. Best Dominican in town. Most anything guisado is a safe bet. Bacalao in red or white sauce is great too. And more: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

    Xochimilco is OK Mexican. Not great, especially compared to some of the newer stuff that has popped up.

    El Molino Rojo does a decent pernil.

    You can get old school red sauce from Venice.

    This is a good start. Can't say I've found a good slice in the south BX, but people like Yolanda's. I've never tried.

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      susan1353 Feb 13, 2014 11:26 AM

      Giovanni's has good pizza. 150th and the Concourse.

      http://giovanninyc.com/about/

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        NewYorkNewHaven Feb 13, 2014 02:44 PM

        I had some really awful, grocery store frozen foods aisle quality pizza at Giovanni's/G Bar a few years ago and haven't been back since.

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          Helen F Feb 15, 2014 12:15 PM

          We get their pizza in the office fairly often. It's fine-- I wouldn't say it's horrible. But I had an eggplant parm hero there a while back that was absolutely perfect. All one would want in an eggplant parm.

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            NewYorkNewHaven Feb 15, 2014 01:04 PM

            I'll have to scout that eggplant parm. I have a serious spot for a parm sandwich.

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              Helen F Feb 23, 2014 07:25 AM

              I'm curious to hear what you think. I rarely eat store-bought lunch anymore, instead bringing lunch from home almost every day for the past few years. I have no doubt that the hero got extra points from me simply by virtue of not being my daily salad. But I did think it was a fine example.

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          fatty_mouthfeel Feb 13, 2014 11:51 AM

          These are GREAT suggestions. Especially excited about El Atoradero and Nano (love some bacalao!), and glad to be turned on to Chris Crowley.

          And yes, I was wondering about the pizza at Giovanni's and Yolanda's.

          1. Cheese Boy Feb 14, 2014 11:16 PM

            IIRC, was a decent slice for the South Bronx.

            Giovani's Pizza & Restaurant (Mott Haven)
            2628 3rd Avenue,
            Bronx, NY 10454
            718-993-1952

            1. Sluggo1407 Feb 15, 2014 04:50 AM

              Go to Grubhub.com and enter your business address. You will see how many restaurants will deliver to your office. You can pay by credit card (even the tip) or cash.

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                fatty_mouthfeel Apr 3, 2014 05:39 PM

                I've been slow to follow up on the many great suggestions- not least because the cold weather has made me a bit unadventurous.

                But I thought I would pass on that I just recently tried La Perla and it was better-than-expected taqueria fare. The pozole had some nice chunks of pork and fatty bits going on and was darn satisfying. The quesadillas were thick little corn tortillas fried to a nice texture, though the carne asada in them was overcooked, and I could have done without the shredded lettuce everywhere. Both together and a drink were about $20, and were easily two meals' worth of food.

                So not El Atoradero (which I'm itching to try), but much better than the fast food options in the neighborhood. I will definitely try some of the other menu items.

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