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.
Like the chupacabra, the perfect goat sandwich remains elusive, but if you're looking for a taste of the stuff in midtown, now you know where to go.
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery debuts their MallowMore. See if it lives up to the standard of the original.
In the land of the steam table deli, The Picnic Basket proudly focuses on fresh, healthy food. Their sandwiches, largely updated deli classics, are a worthwhile option for a lunch around Harold Square.
When you see Bouchon Bakery's Peanut Butter Cream Puff ($6) in the pastry case and read the descriptive name tag, you might assume, as I did, that it's just a basic cream puff. Pâte à choux, pastry cream, you know the drill. But it turns out there's much more to it—four distinct layers that may surprise you.
Uncle Jack's Steakhouse has three bustling locations in New York—two in Manhattan and the original location in Bayside, Queens. As is befitting of a true New York steakhouse, each location dry ages its own beef, and in that tradition Uncle Jack's has a purchaser that still heads down to the Meatpacking District at an ungodly hour to personally select the restaurants' beef.
Coffee and Danish lovers rejoice. Paris Baguette has you covered with their new all-in-one Coffee-Danish ($2.50). The lightly sweetened pastry combines an almond flour dough and a thick coffee coating.
Finding a good deli in Midtown is notoriously difficult. Could Park Italian Gourmet, with its Little Italy charm and no-frills decor, make sandwiches better than the ubiquitous steam table joint competition?
Ayvalık Tost is a popular Turkish sandwich, named for the Aegean resort town, containing some variation of sausage, more sausage, cheese, tomato, pickle, and Ayvalık bread. Luckily, if you ever feel such a craving locally, there's a place in Midtown that can help you out.
The real determining factor of whether or not a cookie establishment is worth a visit is if they can bake up an impressive chocolate chip cookie. Schmackary's succeeds and then some.
Circo, the younger offshoot of Le Cirque, serves a ribeye made with beef "beyond prime grade."
Up until a few days ago I had no idea that Don Antonio serves sandwiches for lunch, but they do. Five of them under their panini section, ranging from $9 to $10. Sandwich is a bit of a misnomer, however. Sure, there's bread and stuff in between it so it technically qualifies, but the bread starts out as raw dough wrapped free-form around fillings that then get baked in their wood burning oven.
Whether you're shopping, checking out the Christmas tree, surveying 30 Rock like Jack Donaghy, or just exploring the area, here's our updated guide to good eats around Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.
Something between pumpkin pie and cheesecake with the texture of a mousse, this "cloud cake" earns its name.
Bakers work notoriously long and irregular hours, with their days frequently beginning or ending in the wee hours of the morning. The question is, how to keep healthy? For Eric Kayser, globe-trotting founder of the Maison Kayser empire, and Yann Ledoux, overseer of his New York ovens, the answer is running.
Lunch near Penn Station doesn't have to be as bad as you think.
Betony offers some unusually savory desserts like roasted apricot with almond and watercress, but also more conventional sweets. Of them, Coconut Pate a Bombe, White Chocolate and Aged Rum ($12) may be the most unusual. It's exceptionally light but with some fine dining trickery, namely a frozen coconut sorbet full of rum.
Not an everyday sandwich, but great for a nasty hangover or a day of reckless indulgence.