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Lunch near 149/Concourse?

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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/4264...

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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  1. 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/2013/0...

    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/2013/0...

    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/2014/0...

    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.

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

      http://giovanninyc.com/about/

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      1. re: susan1353

        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.

        1. re: susan1353

          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.

          1. re: Helen F

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

            1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

              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.

        2. 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. 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. 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.

              1. 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.