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Best weekday lunch in Meatpacking, Chelsea, West Village

Noodle fanatic | Oct 15, 201110:36 AM

I'm looking for reasonably priced take-out and fairly-quick (in and out within an hour) lunch spots for a party of 4 near my office, which is right by the Standard in the Meatpacking district (W. 13th St./Washington St.). Please list your recommendations below, and point out any standout dishes. Thanks!

Here's a list we currently have on rotation:

*(Brackets) denotes restaurants I wouldn't travel out of my way for, but only eat at for lunch/take-out since I'm nearby and craving a specific item that can't be found in the immediate neighborhood. If you know of place that has a better version of the dish I listed in the neighborhood, please share!


Tuck Shop at Chelsea Market – Great chicken and ham pie.

Dickson's Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market – Assorted sandwiches and daily specials. Particularly fond of their meatloaf sandwich, pulled pork, or chicken legs.

Lobster Place at Chelsea Market – Clam chowder, scallop and bacon chowder, shrimp salad, lobster roll, slider special (3 sliders: 1 crab, 1 shrimp, 1 lobster), sushi, sashimi (rice is free with every order!)

L'Arte del gelato at Chelsea Market – Best flavors: olive oil or hazelnut.

(Bar Suzette at Chelsea Market) – Crepes.

(Tebaya) – a little far; Japanese fast food.

(Baoguette) – delivery; hanger steak with fried egg over rice.


Green Table at Chelsea Market – Nice home-made chicken pot pie. Delicious unique desserts.

Meme Mediterranean – Everything is yummy.

(Tanuki Tavern) – $12 Cha Shu ramen with kurobuta pork, tori dango (chicken meatballs in rice crust with spicy ponzu).

(SEA Thai) – Not special, but cheap & not bad for a $9 lunch (appetizer + entree). Best on the lunch menu: steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings, grilled pork chop. Gripe: very skimpy on rice (literally only give you 3-4 bites).

(Bill's Burger) – Burger, malted milkshake, chili cheese fries.

Corner Bistro – Burgers + fries.

(Tavern on Jane) – No-frills American food. $12 lunch specials. Menu not too exciting and very basic, but it's cozy and homey.

$20 AND OVER (Because sometimes, it's OK to splurge)

(Morimoto) – $24 prix fixe (braised black cod box with salad, tempura, sushi, miso soup, and fruit panna cotta). Don't order the ramen here, it's a bowl of $15 chicken consomme with a few strands of inaniwa udon which they call ramen and a few strips of chicken. Sadness. I'm sorry, but inaniwa udon ≠ ramen. Sure, you can stretch the meaning of ramen/拉麵 (no pun intended), which literally means pulled noodles and hence can be any pulled noodles, but honestly, I was disappointed.


Cafe Cluny

Spotted Pig

Mary's Fish Camp


A good hot bowl of noodles (soba, ramen, udon, pho, laksa, Cantonese wonton noodles, etc.) – Sometimes I order delivery from EN Japanese Brasserie for soba, but feel bad it's $14 afterwards.


Good pasta (I have great options at dinner-time, like Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, but neither are open for lunch)

Salad bar (the kind where you pick your own ingredients) – is there an alternative to Hale & Hearty?

L'Arte del Gelato
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

144 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

The Green Table
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Tavern on Jane
31 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

The Lobster Place
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Cafe Cluny
284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

Sea Thai
835 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Pho Sure
120 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Bill's Bar & Burger
22 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Tanuki Tavern
18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Dickson's Farmstand Meats
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Bar Suzette
425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014

581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Tuck Shop
460 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

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