I have been working on 56th and 7th for a couple of years and I have some interesting places I get lunch but I would love to hear what others do. I usually go and pick something up and bring it back to my office and eat with my colleagues. However, once I realized how expenses and limited the neighborhood was, I started to bring my lunch with me over 50% of the time (leftovers, a homemade sandwich, etc.) But the other days I have some favorites- here they are...
The cart on 56th st. and 7th ave. (John)- This is the busy greek street cart on the NE corner. He usually has a big crowd and lots of smoke so he is tough to miss. I really enjoy his chicken platter and shish kabob platter- good rice, tasty Tsatsiki and moist meat. I also like his cheeseburger. Not to mention, nothing is over 6 bucks. If I am craving a halal cart, I got to the guy on the SE corner of 55th and 6th ave.
Philip's- This is a little coffee place on 56th btw 6th and 7th that sells a small selection of hale and hearty soups. However, it is cheaper than hale and hearty and they also give you a mediocre bagel. It's nothing to scream and shout about but is incredibly convenient to my office.
Korean/Bagel Place- I don't know what it is actually called, but there is a place on 56th just east 6th ave that has Korean food and also sells bagels. The Korean fare is pretty good. I really like the Bimbimbop and the spicy pork. The Noodle Soups also look good but I haven't tried them yet. A meal there usually runs me btw $8-$11.
FIKA- This Swedish espresso bar has pretty good, but expensive, options for lunch. I particularly enjoy the meatballs that come with a good serving of meatballs, a green salad and a potatoes salad with lingonberry sauce. This is a bit pricy and cost around $12.
Mariella's- It is my favorite neighborhood pizza joint- 8th ave btw 56th and 57th. Solid slice - I also really like the white slice.
burger joint at the Parker Meridien- If you haven't had one, you should try it. If you have, you know that they are delicious- unfortunately the line can be a pain.
These are some of my favorites, but I would love some other suggestions. I am up for all different kinds of cuisines- just as long as it is not another generic panini, pick your own salad, pasta bar, etc. place that seems to exclusively populate the midtown lunch scene.
What are your favorite hidden gems.