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Jul 23, 2014 08:36 PM

Inexpensive but healthy lunch near AMNH?

Hi everyone,
I'm from Montreal and will visit NYC for 6 days. I plan to visit AMNH and then do a bike tour around Central Park. Is there any good places for an inexpensive lunch? I don't eat a lot so looking for a healthy meal and unique NYC experience. Thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. What is "healthy" for you? Vegetarian? Vegan? Salad? Low carb?
    Gazala's place is very close, a selection of grilled proteins, salads, vegetarian options too

    Or for a more "new york" experience you could go to zabar's and pick up a few items from their deli case or their smoked salmon and lox selection for a picnic in central park (there are lots of benches)

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    1. re: Ttrockwood

      Thanks for your suggestion! Gazala's seems pretty interesting to me :)

      1. re: Wolfblast

        Peacefood cafe is just a few blocks away too. Best for a hearty salad and fresh juice or smoothie if that's what you're looking for.....

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Thank you! Peacefood cafe menu looks really good but it's quite out of my budget :(

    2. Gazala is probably your best bet, but know there's also Hampton Chutney nearby.

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      1. re: coasts

        Gazala is lovely and right by the Museum but may not qualify as inexpensive. Peacefood is great but gets crowded and noisy. I hate Hampton Chutney! For very inexpensive and healthy you can get a veg. wrap at Lenny's on Columbus and eat it in the park. Also: Canteen 82 on Columbus between 82 - 83 (Chinese) has lunch specials.

        1. re: alc

          There is a Lenny's on Columbus Ave. betwn 74th & 75th Street. They will assemble any sandwich or wrap combination you want + there is a large custom salad w/ ingredients the $7 range.
          Indoor and outdoor seating available...and a restroom in the rear.

          1. re: pbjluver

            Thank you! I like Peacefood menu but it's quite pricey. I just checked out Lenny's menu and it seems pretty interesting.

            1. re: Wolfblast

              Last word I'd use for Lenny's would be interesting. It's a mini chain in NYC, Salads and sandwiches like many places in the city. Good for what it is, but far from interesting or unique, if that's more important than cheap and healthy.

              1. re: thegforceny

                maybe because it's my first time in NYC so i don't really know the food scene there well. there are so many restaus in NYC and it can be quite overwhelming

                1. re: Wolfblast

                  There's another Lenny's on Columbus at 83rd or so.
                  A bit further from the Museum, but not too far, is Soom Soom on 72/Broadway (falafel and other mideastern stuff) and Maoz on Broadway at 71st (similar with lots of salads). There's also a Maoz in Central Park at 103rd St. or so by Fifth Ave.

                  1. re: alc

                    And: I think a perfectly unique NYC experience would be to eat an ordinary but healthy Lenny's wrap sitting on the Great Lawn in Central Park (nearby) or on the terrace outside the Planetarium (even closer).

                  2. re: Wolfblast

                    Def gazala's over lenny's or maoz.
                    Similar to peacefood there's a juice press on 82nd and columbus ave, lots of juices and smoothies but also hearty salads for $10-12. To go, i don't think that location has any seating....

                    For more budget friendly meals check out

            2. re: alc

              "Gazala is lovely and right by the Museum but may not qualify as inexpensive"

              Really? Don't they have similar $11 lunch specials as the other Gazala. One of the best deals in HK

              1. re: Ziggy41

                I read "HK" as "Hong Kong" and have to think a little before realizing what you really mean.

              2. re: alc

                it's chowhound and everyone has an opinion. i won't defend my suggestion of Hampton Chutney against Lenny's. Lenny's serves food. That's where it ends.

            3. On Columbus in the 80s try:

              - Momofuku Milk Bar for the veggie bun, with or without egg
              - Luke's Lobster for sandwiches
              - Burdbath for vegetarian flatbreads and salads

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              1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

                Luke's Lobster is on Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st St.

                1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

                  I like Luke's Lobster but if the OP thought that Peacefood Cafe was out of the budget, Luke's Lobster is most definitely out too.