Halal Guys is so notorious that they’ve had to sue impersonator businesses trying to cash in on their street cred. Which, incidentally, only gives them more street cred. The original carts in Midtown have been around since 1990, and to this day it’s somewhat required that all meat-eating New Yorkers order the cart’s halal chicken or lamb over rice platters every so often. Not just because it’s famous, but because it’s delicious, filling, and costs $6. Whichever protein you choose (we like chicken), it’s imperative you nod and smile when the cart workers ask about the addition of white sauce, a slightly-sour yogurt dressing that’s as much of a star as the meat itself. Don’t get too cocky with their bright red hot sauce, its spicy punch will easily overpower the other flavors of your lunch.
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All observations about the clientele aside, Nobu 57 is still a pretty damn good meal. It’s hard not to love those classic dishes, as long as you can swallow the hefty price tag.
Le Jardinier is serves seasonal, vegetable-focused French food on the ground floor of a luxury apartment building in Midtown East.
701 West serves a three-course prix-fixe menu of American dishes on the 11th floor of the Edition Hotel overlooking Times Square.
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The Nolita location of Taim is where you should be going to pick up a great quick, kind-of-healthy lunch in the area.
Colbeh is a kosher Persian restaurant in Midtown with two other Long Island locations in Roslyn and Great Neck.
Black Iris is a Middle Eastern spot in Fort Greene where you should go for casual weeknight dinners.
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Jerk Pan is a great Jamaican food truck that’s parked right next to the J.P. Morgan building on 48th and Park Avenue in Midtown East.
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Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala is a food truck on the UES where you can get a quick lunch or fries covered in grilled steak, mayo, and salsa dulce.
Mysttik Masala is an Indian food truck in Midtown East, and it’s one of our favorite places to get lunch in the area.
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