Ask anyone who works near Grand Central and Bryant Park how often they go to Omar’s, and they’ll probably get embarrassed about their answer. This is a very dependable Lebanese lunch option in the area, and it’s the kind of thing that will help you get through an otherwise sh*tty week. There’s a sit-down area if you have a full lunch hour to spare, and a take-out line that usually snakes out of the restaurant and on to 39th Street (and moves extremely quickly). The chicken shawarma pita is the first thing you should try here, but they also have platters with lamb, beef, and chicken that come with salad and two sides of things like tabbouleh, hummus, and eggplant salad. Plus, you get a tiny piece of baklava with every order.
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Toloache ain’t cheap, but in an area where dropping dollars on grub is a given, it’s a breath of fresh air when the food is legitimately awesome.
Sushi of Gari 46
A Midtown West/Times Square location of this classic New York sushi restaurant. Sushi of Gari is a solid option for the area.
It seems like lately, all of the Korean food we’ve been eating has been of the “trendy re-interpretation” variety. While we’re fine with that, occasionally we get a craving for a more traditional meal, and for that, we head to Madangsui.
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Evelina is a Mediterranean spot that feels cooler than most of the other neighborhood restaurants in Fort Greene.
Pheasant is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant in Williamsburg where you and your friends should spend a few hours on a Wednesday evening.
Beyoglu is a great Upper East Side spot for a casual dinner outside. Get the doner kebab.
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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.
Totto Ramen East
This city needs more ramen restaurants like it needs more privileged people, but we're getting more of both anyway. At least we're getting the right kind of ramen...
Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a food hall on Park Avenue in Midtown East with a bunch of options for a quick lunch.
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