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East Midtown -- please save me from another Oriental Noodle lunch!

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East Midtown -- please save me from another Oriental Noodle lunch!

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maria_nyc | | Mar 26, 2007 03:36 PM

First let me start by saying that I did a board search and not much came up. The leads I found were old or too far to travel for lunch, around E. 30s and such.

I'm new to this E40s/Lexington area and I'm therefore looking to built a list of affordable places with good food for lunch. Following a recommendation I got lunch at Oriental Noodle on 45th St/Lexington which was not merely bad, but vile. The salty, greasy, and plain unedible lunch from Oriental Noodle was the worse Chinese food I have ever had in my life!

Today I walked around and gathered menus from Diwan, Raffles and Chiam.
I ended up buying lunch at Diwan and the food was OK, but at $10.65 I think it was expensive for what it was some rice, some pured lentil dish, and 3-pieces of chicken tandoori. (plus two tiny plastic containers with chutney, and a green sauce, and naan)

Chiam's lunch specials are even pricier at $12.75-15.75. Raffles' prices run the same gamut as Chiam's and up. So am I just out of luck and this is a "can't find a good lunch for less than $10 neighborhood"?

I want to stay within the 42nd Street and 50th Street area.
I don't really care for pizza or pasta, and I don't want to depend on the Soup Nazi on 42nd Street--especially with Summer coming soon. Is there somewhere else good and reasonable in this area?

Thanks in advance for any leads.

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