Lunch options in this area have been posted about pretty frequently, but since I've been working in this area for about 9 months and have come up with 2 favorites, I though I'd chime in.
1. Mujaddarah at Kalustyan's -- A revelation. If you haven't had one, go this second. It's a thick lentil, fried onion and grain mixture that they serve in a pita or platter. Outstanding. Their lentil fritters and many other options are great too, but the former is a knockout. Plus the guy who works the counter is the best.
2. BLT at Scopa. Several posters have raved about the paninis here -- I've tried them several times and each time thought I must have been ordering wrong, but I think they are awful. Very greasy and not outstanding ingredients. Not so good tasting and havock on your afternoon. Paninotecca 275 on Smith St. in Brooklyn embarrasses these sandwiches. That said, I just finished the best BLT I've ever had. Great bacon, thick toasted Tuscan bread, mayo, good tomatoes and romaine and maybe a little tarragon butter (?).
3. Golden Krust. Jamaican take-out on 23rd. I like the chicken patty, the beef patty, the oxtail, and the jerk chicken. However -- beware of very canned veggies, patties that aren't always as warm as they should be, and once delivery from there took longer than any delivery I've ever had (with no warning).
Am I missing anything? Still looking for a good Indian option, but the curry hill places I've tried so far have fallen very short.