'inoteca on the Lower East Side recently introduced an expanded menu, with a wide variety of pastas and other Italian-inspired entrées. Lunch may be your best time to visit, with a $15 soup and sandwich special worth ordering.
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At first glance over the menu, I thought we'd write about a few sandwiches from Mediterranean/Middle Eastern sandwich shop Taboonette and leave it at that. But after tasting said sandwiches, we went back and ordered just about the whole menu. The takeaway? Union Square has an awesome new casual food option.
Nothing wrong with sandwiches or a salad, but for days when you want a midday meal that feels substantial, the Rotisserie Chicken ($12) at The Smile To Go is a good bet.
We've written about The Smile before, just close enough to the Serious Eats World Headquarters to merit a trip or two for a casual sandwich lunch. Naturally, when we heard the Bond Street restaurant was opening a take-away outpost right around the corner from our office on Howard Street, we just had to pop our heads in and say hello.
In the fashion of their over-the-top Cubano, the Spotted Pig makes a somewhat ridiculous but spectacularly tasty grilled cheese.
Altogether, it's the kind of crunchy, salty, fatty mouthful so many sandwiches aspire to be. Whether or not you're willing to call it a Cuban.
You know those summer days when you're not in the mood for anything too hot or heavy for lunch, your office AC is busted, and you're still full from the crunchy peanut butter tastings? Well, it was one of those days, so when walking across the street to Banh Mi Saigon, the packaged gỏi cuốn, or shrimp summer roll trio ($5), in the fridge next to the sodas looked light, refreshing, and perfect.
Bibimbap and Reubens from one deli? That you have to walk through an office building, past a doorman to find? It's a little confusing, but something of a Korean deli speakeasy, and just a five-minute walk from SEHQ.
The storefront of Sunrise Mart on Broome Street is quiet most times, but come during lunch hours and you're guaranteed to find crowds.
Pret A Manger is the sort of chain-but-better, like Chipotle or Starbucks, beloved by urbanities who would never confess to loving McDonald's or KFC. That it started out in London might have something to do with it; so too might the perception of Pret as a benevolent enterprise, one that has spread over major metropolitan areas but isn't really fast food. Sure, they're convenient, but we wanted to know: what's really worth ordering at Pret a Manger? We tasted (just about) the entire menu to find out.
Served at both lunch and brunch, Lani Kai's Egg Sandwich ($9) is a simple, no-fuss classic done well.
At Rubirosa, the Black and White Tagliatelle ($16) in itself deserves a visit.
It's possible to feast well on foie gras, escargot, and bone marrow for less than $20. Here's how. Take the 7 train to M. Wells for lunch.
Bo Ky is my cure-all restaurant spot. The ultimate Chinatown lunch haven for solo diners.
Coffee brings the crowds, but it's the soups and sandwiches that earn my loyalty at El Beit in Williamsburg.
In 2009, Ed wrote of the unpublicized $14 soup and sandwich special at Gramercy Tavern. And now, nearly two years later, I'm happy to report that the price has not changed a penny—and the deal is equally delicious.
I've had nearly the same dish in the evenings at Al Di La—a well-known signature of theirs, the braised rabbit. But at lunch, there's chicken in place of rabbit. I confess that while rabbit is far more exotic, chicken is, oddly enough, the one I find myself preferring.
Terroir Tribeca during lunch is a peaceful scene—the wine bar busy enough but never packed, so different from the evenings. And in the winter I'd recommend an order of Pork Schnitzel ($15), accompanied by German potato salad.
Ten perfectly shaped lamb-stuffed dumplings—savory and spiced, with crunchy, browned tops, each one so tiny you could easily take three in a bite.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Having a particular soft spot for $5 hand-pulled noodles at various Chinatown joints, I was skeptical of Hung Ry on Bond Street—where bowls of hand-pulled noodles start at a pricey $11. But I'll spare you...