We've already shown you the best cheap lunches in Midtown East, but we didn't want to leave our readers on the other side of 5th Avenue hungry. To that end, check out some of our favorite lunch spots in Midtown West.
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Terminal 5 has some great music, but its location on 11th Avenue and 56th Street, seemingly closer to New Jersey than the rest of Manhattan, means plenty of aggravation when looking for a decent bite nearby. But there are some good places to eat in the area; here's where you should go.
To find soul food in New York you need look no further than Harlem, which claims more fried chicken and mac and cheese per capita than anywhere else in the city. We talked with locals around the neghborhood to see where they get their fix.
What are the best spots in Hell's Kitchen for an affordable lunch? Our favorites from deli sandwiches to authentic Isan Thai, right this way.
If you're tired of the same sad delis and fast food chains in Midtown East, we have you covered with the neighborhood's best, most reliable fast and cheap lunches, from deli sandwiches to falafel to Indian street food.
By day, Box Kite is a tiny cafe like many others in the East Village. But by night it turns into a remarkable restaurant serving surprisingly delicious and upscale food for such a small space.
When the Cleveland opened in Cleveland Place in Soho last year, it didn't set out to reinvent the wheel. Its latest chef, Max Sussman, keeps that mission intact, but with some exciting ambitions. That means there's trout roe in your cabbage salad and a whole eggplant as a main course. Those and more must-order dishes after the jump.
When you're dining meat-free, Indian restaurants are usually a good bet; even those not devoted to southern Indian cuisine have plenty of vegetarian options to offer. Om on the Upper East Side is a neighborhood standout for just that kind of eating.
With Passover is less than two weeks away, New York's Jewish population is getting ready to plan another year of seder plates. For The Pickle Guys, that means one thing: horseradish, the meal's all-important reminder of the bitterness of slavery, ground fresh in public view at their Lower East Side storefront.
In the brief time that Shane Lyons, the chef at Distilled, has worked and lived in the Lower East Side, he's noticed that "99 Cent stores are now French restaurants." But the neighborhood's history and diversity are enough to keep him around and trying new places to eat. Here are his favorites.
Pisillo Italian Panini is a Financial District deli we already know do huge, tasty sandwiches. The Roma, with porchetta, mozzeralla, and show-stealing pickled peppers, keeps the deli's winning streak going.
Weekend brunches should be stress-free, but crowded old standbys can be anything but. North River, the new kid on the East Village block, offers a calmer respite. Chef Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko alum, has a brunch menu that's seasonal and crowd-pleasing.
Upper East Side institution William Greenberg Desserts, which sells a wide variety of gluten-rich bread, pastry and baked goods, quietly launched a gluten-free line last year, and it has some solid offerings.
Chinatown's pulse beats fastest at Canal and Bowery, where the Manhattan Bridge spills traffic onto the island and, nearby, the diesel engines of buses idle. Few people consider the eastern reaches of the neighborhood, between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as a dining destination. But that's where Rosette opened at the end of January.
All good things come at a price, and for Il Buco Alimenti e Vineria, that means potential for a long wait at dinner. Where should you go if you can't wait out your meal? The neighborhood is full of Italian alternatives.
The first thing to know about Amelie, a French-style wine bar in the West Village, is its happy hour. But there's good food to follow.
The Blue Ribbon from Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is the restaurant's first foray into the world of fried chicken sandwiches. With a good crust and spicy peppers, it certainly has something to offer.
Ed Cotton, the executive chef of Sotto 13, has lived in Long Island City, for the past four years (he's in a building right behind the Pepsi-Cola sign). Here's where he goes out to eat.
Growing up, I always thought coffee cake was named as such because you needed a swig of milky coffee to choke its dry crumbs down. Had I tried Sugar Sweet Sunshine's version earlier, perhaps I would have thought otherwise.
A cafe by day and a sake bar by night, Hi-Collar brings two highlights of Japanese cuisine under one roof. But the lunch menu is worth a visit all its own.