Gai is a tiny counter-service spot in Midtown East that only a few things on the menu (all of which involve chicken). The signature item here is Hainese-style steamed chicken, but you can also get your chicken fried - and all the dishes come with some rice, vegetables, and a tiny bowl of mildly spicy (and incredibly good) radish soup. This is a great spot for a quick takeout lunch, and you can order directly from an iPad if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is quality Korean BBQ and a really good time in Midtown.
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We’re happy to report that this increase in Shake Shake quantity has had no ill effects on the quality. Just be aware going in, Shake Shack Times Square is quite the tourist attraction.
Farida is a casual Central Asian restaurant in Midtown with excellent food and a fun atmosphere.
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When it comes to Hell’s Kitchen Thai, this is where the magic happens. Prepare to get some spicy in your life, just a short walk from your sad Midtown office.
Lamoon is a cash-only, BYOB restaurant in Elmhurst that specializes in Northern Thai food, and it’s a great spot to eat sausage and pork spine soup.
Uncle Boons isn’t just the best Thai food we’ve eaten in New York City. It’s some of the best food we’ve eaten in New York City, period.
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With a reasonably priced menu, welcoming staff, and sleek decor, we’re surprised to find such a perfect Australian coffee shop in Midtown East.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
If you want to get a quick sit-down meal near Grand Central, go eat some pork katsu at Katsu-Hama.
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