Eight months ago, this was a nice, clean, quiet little spot for a snack. Went a bunch of times this month and can barely get a seat at lunch hour now! Located on second basement of complex that used to house Stern's, 33rd and Broadway. Lots of shiny metal tables and chairs, with a wall of TV's showing various ESPN reruns. Or, you could eat by the fountain next to the PATH train entrance!
Certainly not a must-visit for out-of-towners, but another addition to the slew of cheap fill-me-uppers for locals around the Empire State.
Cajun Cafe: what I've been craving this month - their bourbon chicken. Heaping plate with rice and mixed veggies for $5.10, including tax. The joint is staffed entirely with Asians and is about as Cajun as Mott Street, but it's a solid eat. Of course, you could get cheaper rice plates at "real" Chinese joints in the neighborhood, too (around 4 bucks at Five Star on 33rd between 5th and Mad). But no bourbon chicken! (which, BTW, has no discernable bourbon taste)
Charley's Grilled Subs: speaking of cheesesteak, you can get a nice little sample slice of their sandwich from a guy in front of their booth. No threat to that tiny joint in the Village, or even Quiznos, although I am partial to their "BBQ" steak sandwich. Longest lines of any of the booths.
"Something" Wok (Manchu?): the usual fast food Chinese, although you can score some free General Tso's from the lady in front. Not as good as Cajun Cafe; if I wanted Asian food in the nabe, I'd go to Five Star, K-Town, or that-Thai-joint-in-the-Blimpies (31st and 5th).
Ranch 1: talk about ubiquitous! Not a big fan of the place; their sandwiches never feel "unified" in my mouth (just a pile of ingredients) and the chicken is tough more times than not.
Signing off, pinkie raised!