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The best lunch in the Flatiron

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It's midday. You've been working hard for hours at your job, and all you want is a delicious lunch to reward yourself (or to help you nurse off your hangover!) But there's a problem: deciding what to eat for lunch can be hard! There are either too many options, too few options or uncertainty about the quality and taste of what you're getting. But we're here to help.

Here's our highly-curated list of lunch spots near Flatiron.

Eataly

Italian, 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560 If you’re
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Italian, 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560

If you’re willing to brave the crowds of tourists, Eataly is a great place to pick up a quick, quality lunch. The panini counter offers authentic Italian meats and cheeses, including Eataly’s in-house mozzarella. For a warm option, visit the Rosticceria for their roast prime beef sandwich or pick up a rotisserie chicken to share. You can also pick out fresh produce from the market and bring it to the complimentary fruit butcher for a fresh side or meal.

Range: $8-13

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

Sandwiches, 1129 Broadway, 212-647-8889 Num Pang's Cambodian
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Sandwiches, 1129 Broadway, 212-647-8889

Num Pang's Cambodian sandwich shop serves their classics and seasonal specialties on freshly baked bread that is hugely crave-worthy. Tiger shrimp, roasted cauliflower with Thai eggplant spread and grilled skirt steak with coriander are all classic favorites, served with cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers and chili mayo. Rice and noodle bowls are also available.

Lamarca Pasta

Italian, 161 E. 22nd St., 212 673-7920
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Italian, 161 E. 22nd St., 212 673-7920

For a quick sit-down lunch, Lamarca is the place to stop. Their lunch menu includes a full order of specialty pasta along with a large leafy salad and warm bread. Escape from the office at this white tablecloth eatery and salvage your leftovers for a snack later on. Specialties include tortellini, fresh sauces like bolognese and pesto and seafood pastas. Lamarca's cheese shop next door also offers the same high quality food in a more casual environment

Range: $12-15

No. 7 Sub

Sandwiches, 1188 Broadway, 212-532-1680 No. 7 Sub
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Sandwiches, 1188 Broadway, 212-532-1680

No. 7 Sub specializes in creative sandwiches, so popular that the original Brooklyn location has continued to expand its business into Manhattan. Sandwiches all include a protein with something pickled, creamy, and crunchy, and there’s plenty of variety here. Enjoy hot subs like the vegetarian Cauliflower Cheesesteak or the cold Frito Kid with actual corn chips in your sandwich!

Range $9-14

Calexico Cart

Mexican Takeout, 1030 Broadway This outpost of
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Mexican Takeout, 1030 Broadway

This outpost of the popular California-Mexican cuisine is perfect for a quick lunch. $3-4 tacos include ground beef, black bean and chipotle pork all served on fresh corn tortillas. Go for a big chicken or carne asada burrito or choose one of Calexico’s signature rolled quesadillas. Whatever you order, don’t forget the extra chipotle crack sauce.

Range: $6-10

Bombay Sandwich Co

Indian sandwiches, 48 W 27th St, (646)
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Indian sandwiches, 48 W 27th St, (646) 781-9756

Enjoy your favorite Indian dishes as a sandwich or a wrap at Bombay Sandwich! The bombay club is a variation of a street food classic with with potato, cucumber, tomato and red onion in between three layers of 7 grain bread with homemade green chutney. Salads, brown rice bowls and five item platter combinations also make for a satisfying lunch.

Range:

Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen

American, 23 E. 23rd St., 212-233-1025 Schnipper's
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American, 23 E. 23rd St., 212-233-1025

Schnipper's all-American eatery serves classics like burgers, sloppy joes, mac and cheese and childhood favorites like chicken tenders. Plenty of sandwiches and salads make up a slightly lighter half of the lunch menu, and sweet drinks like shakes and sweet tea are a nice indulgence.

Range: $8-12

New York Burger Co.

Burgers, 678 Sixth Ave., 212-229-1404 For a
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Burgers, 678 Sixth Ave., 212-229-1404

For a quick burger that’s actually worth enjoying, head to this trendy fast food eatery. Choose from beef or turkey burgers made to order with gourmet toppings like cherrywood smoked bacon, mango salsa or bleu cheese or opt for a grilled chicken sandwich to change it up. No preservatives, hormones or antibiotics are found in NY Burger Co's never frozen foods, so you can feel good about your burger indulgence.

Range: $7-11

Ilili Box

Mediterranean takeout, 999 Broadway This small stand
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Mediterranean takeout, 999 Broadway

This small stand from Mediterranean eatery ilili specializes in quick and tasty lunches. Enjoy sandwiches in pita including falafel, pressed chicken and lamb shoulder or duck schwarma. Kale fattoush offers a fun take on your classic kale salad, and a side of hummus is a great takeaway for your mid-afternoon snack.

Range: $7-12

Num Pang

Sandwiches, 1129 Broadway, (212) 647-8889 Cambodian sandwich
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Sandwiches, 1129 Broadway, (212) 647-8889

Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang serves their classics and seasonal specialties on freshly baked bread that is hugely crave-worthy. Tiger shrimp, roasted cauliflower with thai eggplant spread and grilled skirt steak with coriander are all classic favorites, served with cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers and chili mayo. Rice and noodle bowls are also available.

Range: $8-12

Exki

Modern cafeteria, 257 Park Avenue S Exki,
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Modern cafeteria, 257 Park Avenue S

Exki, a Belgian import, is a vegetable-based cafeteria that has become wildly popular with workers in Belgium and France. Choose from sandwiches on homemade baguettes, salads and a rotating selection of soups and savory tarts. Portions are rather French-sized, so expect to mix and match options for a larger meal.

Range: $7-12

Hill Country Chicken

Southern, 1123 Broadway, 212-257-6446 An offshoot of
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Southern, 1123 Broadway, 212-257-6446

An offshoot of the popular Hill Country Barbecue, Hill Country Chicken specializes in crispy fried chicken! And sides, of course. All-natural chickens are coated in crispy breading, and served with the piece, with or without skin. Hand-cut fries, homemade pies and sweet tea are all available to supplement your order-- they’re not clucking around! Beware of possible food comas.

Range $7-10

IndiKitch

Indian, 25 W 23rd St., 646-590-7152 From
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Indian, 25 W 23rd St., 646-590-7152 From New Delhi to New York, IndiKitch fires up quick Indian food for your lunch break. Choose from a “feast” of a main accompanied by naan, rice, beans, and salad, or go for the biryani bowl or tawa sandwiches. Fun proteins include pulled pork vindaloo and goan fish, with the option to infuse hot chilis into any main for extra spice.

Price range: $8-10

sweetgreen

Salads, 1164 Broadway Sweetgreen's farmers’ market powered
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Salads, 1164 Broadway

Sweetgreen's farmers’ market powered salad bar has become an obsession for some. And for good reason-- it’s delicious. Choose from their signature selections like kale caesar or cobb with turkey bacon, or create your own with a variety of greens and seasonal vegetable options. Quinoa bowls and homemade soups are also a popular option here.

Range: $8-13

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