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Eater's Midtown Midday Meal Survival Guide

20 places that won't let you down for lunch.

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This should come as no surprise, but it's not easy to find a good lunch in Midtown Manhattan. Hidden behind the Just Salads and Hale & Heartys of Midtown are a bunch of great places feeding the hordes of workers who make their way into this part of NYC everyday. With Eater HQ now located in Midtown, the popular blog Midtown Lunch has proven to be an invaluable resource.

We've put together a list of Eater's Midtown go-to take out spots, but this is far from a comprehensive list. We want to hear your favorite lunch spots so we can add them to the map. With any luck, we'll all be able to use this map as a guide to surviving the workday through the benefits of a delicious meal.

So, if you've got an addition, share it in our forum post.

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Kobeyaki

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Kobeyaki is referred to as the "fast casual Asian Chipotle" around the Eater office, emphasis on fast. There's sushi, ramen, and burgers on the menu, but the rice bowls make for a delightfully satisfying meal. Don't forget to try the sweet potato tempura fries with the teriyaki ketchup.

Pergola

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Another "gourmet" cafe, but with a twist. Pergola has a Mongolian BBQ setup. Choose your meat, throw in some veggies, maybe some noodles, cover it with sauce and hand it off to the grill master. He'll throw it onto the enormous flat top and cook it up. I've also heard Pergola has some tasty sandwiches. [Photo Credit]

Savour Sichuan

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Savour Sichuan has only been open a few days, but it's already become a favorite in the Eater office. Sure, 39th St. is already home to a number of Szechuan powerhouses, but we aren't complaining.Savor Sichuan appears to be operated by the proprietors of La Vie en Szechuan, as they have the NY Times review of La Vie printed on their menu. Nonetheless, we welcome another Szechuan restaurant to our neighborhood, and Savor Sichuan is is right at home.

Mmm...Enfes

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Mmm...Enfes has long been serving Turkish cuisine in Midtown. However, Mmm...Enfes has rebranded into the Shawarma Doner House. The menu includes the same great Turkish food, with a new emphasis on shawarma. Both chicken and lamb is served.

Kati Junction

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If you're craving a kati roll and Kati Roll Company is either too far away, or the line too long, fear not. Kati Junction is a great replacement. Sure, the two companies might be duking it out in court, but the more kati, the better.

Szechuan Gourmet

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Szechuan Gourmet has been a longtime Eater favorite, and for good reason. This unassuming storefront is home to some of the best Szechuan food NYC has to offer. With daily lunch specials typically under $8 (with soup and rice), you really can't go wrong here.

Wasabi Sushi & Bento

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Wasabi has got the individually wrapped sushi game on lock in Midtown. It's relatively cheap, and assuming you lower your sushi standards a bit, pretty darn good. In addition to the sushi, you'll find ramen, and a serious assortment of bento box lunches. Almost everything here is prepackaged, so if the line isn't too bad, you can be in and out in a few minutes.

The Kati Roll Company

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The original kati roll business, and arguably still the best. Two of these and you're set for lunch.

Zeytinz

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From the street, Zeytinz may look like every other "gourmet" cafe in Midtown, serving up hundreds of different cuisines. However, upon further inspection, Zeytinz stands out among the competition. Way in the back, you'll find a bibimbap bar, not to be outdone by their oven roasted sandwiches and chicken gyro wrap.

Maison Kayser

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Maison Kayser on 40th street has recently expanded its interior with more places to sit and chat, but lunchtime in Midtown is all about grab-and-go. Maison Kayser has insane French breads, rotating seasonal salads (RIP until next autumn, Autumn Salad), pre-wrapped sandwiches, hearty soups, and totally acceptable coffee served by a staff outfitted in matchy-matchy striped French St. James tees.

Popeyes

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If you're someone who can eat Popeyes during the workday, then more power to you. I'm not one of those people, but I would like to be...one day.

Alidoro

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Alidoro's Soho location has been serving up sandwiches to the masses for a while now, so the Midtown outpost arrived to quite a bit of hype. The sandwiches here aren't just delicious, they are huge. Try getting a sandwich on some of Alidoro's focaccia bread. [Photo Credit]

Local Thyme

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Go! Go! Curry!

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If you're looking for Japanese curry in Midtown, Go! Go! Curry is the place. Pork, chicken, shrimp or sausage, it's all here. You can mix-and-match, or get them all together in one enormous plate.

Black Iron Burger

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A relative newcomer to Midtown, Black Iron Burger is an East Village favorite. While Black Iron is happy to serve up the classics, you might be better off with one of their unique toppings, like "Wasabi Horseradish Cheddar".

El Sabroso

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El Sabroso, along with a few other Midtown spots, resides deep inside a commercial building. The entrance to El Sabroso can be easily mistaken for the building's freight entrance, because it is the building's freight entrance.Regardless, El Sabroso is serving up some killer Latin American food. Give the roast chicken a try. [Photo Credit]

Park Italian Gourmet

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There isn't much you need to know about Park Italian Gourmet except for the fact that it's a good ol' fashioned Italian deli. Cold cuts, plenty of prepared goodies and a tasty Italian sandwich. Oh, and it's cash only, I guess that's kind of important. [Photo Credit]

Xi'an Famous Foods (45th St.)

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Chances are you already know about Xi'an Famous foods. Either from their cheap, delicious food or the insane lines that form outside the door. Assuming the weather isn't too harsh, it is often worth the wait. Be sure to order noodles in some form, and don't forget to follow the rules. [Photo Credit]

Taqueria Tehuitzingo

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It might a little outside the ordinary Midtown border, but it's worth the trek. This is about as authentic as it gets in this neighborhood. Eater's own Robert Sietsema visited this gem last year and tells us all we need to know.

Margon is a true Midtown gem. Famous for their Cuban sandwich, this is far from the only thing to order at this little Cuban restaurant. Lines can get a little long, but the roast chicken, served on a plate or stuffed in a sandwich, is worth the wait. [Photo Credit]

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

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Num Pang's location just off Times Square can make it a difficult place to reach, but it is worth the trip. With a number of seasonal special sandwiches, in addition to their regular menu, there's something for everyone. Plus, the grilled corn makes the perfect companion to any of their sandwiches. [Photo Credit]

Melt Shop

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Some days come around when you just need a greasy, delicious grilled cheese to carry you through, and Melt Shop is the place. If you're really bold, throw some of the fried chicken on your grilled cheese. The tomato soup is a nice addition, but the tater tots are a little much. [Photo Credit]

New York Kimchi

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There's no other way to describe New York Kimchi other than as a Korean food court. Choices range from bibimbap to a Korean-style Cheesesteak. Our recommendation: try everything. [Photo Credit]

Akdeniz

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Can you ever have too many choices for Turkish food? We don't think so. [Photo Credit]

TreeHaus

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Rumors of Treehaus' fantastic lunch spreads have made their way west, where Treehaus does not exist. The hot buffet always looks great, and you can't forget about the ramen. [Photo Credit]

Don Antonio by Starita

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Don Antonio by Starita offers some of the city's most authentic Neapolitan style pizza, which is always a great choice for lunch. [Photo Credit]

The Little Beet

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Did you have a change of heart on your walk to get a delicious grilled cheese from Melt Shop? Well, right next door you'll find something healthier. The Little Beet offers lunchers a number of different proteins, paired with sides like charred broccoli or roasted sweet potatoes. Don't forget to grab a cold pressed juice before you depart. [Photo Credit]

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine

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One of the main contenders in the best Cuban sandwich competition (vs. Margon). Here's another Cuban restaurant with a killer hot table.

Schnipper's Quality Kitchen

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Schnipper's Quality Kitchen has a lot to offer. From a tuna sandwich to a sloppy joe with cheese fries, there's something for everyone, regardless of their diet. Personally, I've enjoyed Schnipper's sandwiches paired with the sweet potato fries. [Photo Credit]

Café China

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Disappointed that your favorite Szechuan restaurant in Midtown no longer has a Michelin star? Well, Cafe China is here to fill that void.

Glaze Teriyaki Grill

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Glaze may not be known for their portion sizes, but the combo meals here make for a great lunch. With chicken (breast or thigh), steak, salmon, tofu and pork on the menu, even the pickiest person in your office will find something. The cold soba noodle salad pairs nicely with all of the above.

Naya Express

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Fast casual Middle Eastern cuisine, need we say more? Naya Express needs to expand further across midtown. While not for the faint of heart, you'd be foolish to walk out of Naya Express without some of their garlic whip.

Joe's Shanghai 鹿鸣春

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Joe's Shangai opening in Midtown was an example of the kind of business decision we wish more restaurants would follow. There is no better for option for soup dumplings in this neighborhood. You'll find the prices at Joe's Midtown location to be a little higher, and we wouldn't recommend ordering the soup dumplings to-go.

Joy Curry & Tandoor Indian Restaurant

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This area of Midtown might be blessed with Szechuan restaurants, but the Indian options are slim. Fortunately, Joy Curry & Tandoor does the trick. Don't leave without ordering some extra naan.

Luke's Lobster

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Luke's Lobster has been popping up all over the city, so It was only a matter of time until Midtown got its very own location. If you're looking to grab a lobster roll to bring back to your desk, Luke's Lobster is a great choice. [Photo Credit]

GRK Fresh Greek

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GRK is yet another example of a new fast-casual concept coming to Midtown, which will hopefully mean more efficient and affordable Greek food, making this Midtown employee very happy. The meats, or "Yeero", at GRK hopefully won't disappoint. [Photo Credit]

Pizza By Cer Tè

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There is no shortage of pizza restaurants in Midtown, so Pizza By Cer Tè stand apart from the crowd with a menu filled with unique pizza toppings. Each month, Pizza By Cer Tè introduces a monthly pizza special. February's pizza is the "CCU", or "Cabbage/Carbonaro/Under Root Veggies" (pictured below). If you find yourself bored from the current pizza options in Midtown, give Pizza By Cer Tè a try. [Photo Credit]

Little Collins

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Little Collins is an Australian-inspired coffee shop with a respectable food menu. The breakfast menu at Little Collins features toast with vegemite, among other things, and the lunch menu has a number of interesting sandwiches. [Photo Credit]

Omar's Mediterranean Cuisine & Bakery

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Those who are lucky enough to be within walking or delivery distance of Omar's Kitchen & Bakery know of the quality Mediterranean cuisine being served up. Omar's strives to be quick, delicious and affordable. Take one look at the chicken shawarma platter below and decide if Omar's Kitchen & Bakery is for you. [Photo Credit]

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Kobeyaki

Kobeyaki is referred to as the "fast casual Asian Chipotle" around the Eater office, emphasis on fast. There's sushi, ramen, and burgers on the menu, but the rice bowls make for a delightfully satisfying meal. Don't forget to try the sweet potato tempura fries with the teriyaki ketchup.

Pergola

Another "gourmet" cafe, but with a twist. Pergola has a Mongolian BBQ setup. Choose your meat, throw in some veggies, maybe some noodles, cover it with sauce and hand it off to the grill master. He'll throw it onto the enormous flat top and cook it up. I've also heard Pergola has some tasty sandwiches. [Photo Credit]

Savour Sichuan

Savour Sichuan has only been open a few days, but it's already become a favorite in the Eater office. Sure, 39th St. is already home to a number of Szechuan powerhouses, but we aren't complaining.Savor Sichuan appears to be operated by the proprietors of La Vie en Szechuan, as they have the NY Times review of La Vie printed on their menu. Nonetheless, we welcome another Szechuan restaurant to our neighborhood, and Savor Sichuan is is right at home.

Mmm...Enfes

Mmm...Enfes has long been serving Turkish cuisine in Midtown. However, Mmm...Enfes has rebranded into the Shawarma Doner House. The menu includes the same great Turkish food, with a new emphasis on shawarma. Both chicken and lamb is served.

Kati Junction

If you're craving a kati roll and Kati Roll Company is either too far away, or the line too long, fear not. Kati Junction is a great replacement. Sure, the two companies might be duking it out in court, but the more kati, the better.

Szechuan Gourmet

Szechuan Gourmet has been a longtime Eater favorite, and for good reason. This unassuming storefront is home to some of the best Szechuan food NYC has to offer. With daily lunch specials typically under $8 (with soup and rice), you really can't go wrong here.