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The best lunch near Grand Central

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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 Grand Central.

Dig Inn

Farm-to-Counter, 275 Madison Ave., 212-697-7867 Seasonal, local and
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Farm-to-Counter, 275 Madison Ave., 212-697-7867

Seasonal, local and healthy food can be found at Dig Inn. This company is changing the lunch game in the city by offering main courses with veggie and whole grain sides made with high-quality ingredients. But they don't charge a lot and it's meant to be fast and easy. A bargain for the quality.

Price range: $4-10

Glaze Teriyaki

Japanese, 638 Lexington Ave Glaze is all
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Japanese, 638 Lexington Ave Glaze is all about teriyaki! Choose from proteins including all-natural chicken breasts, hanger steak, fresh salmon, pork loin or marinated vegetables. Salad plates and rice plates as well as combo plates are all options. Sides include dumplings, cold soba noodle salad and steamed edamame.

Treehaus

Modern Cafeteria, 830 Third Ave, (212) 355-9855
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Modern Cafeteria, 830 Third Ave, (212) 355-9855 Serving “high quality American comfort food with a French twist” means plenty of fresh ingredients at the cafeteria-style Treehaus. The selection puts hot deli tables to shame, with options like leg of lamb, blue langostine and bone marrow steak. Fresh salads, sandwiches and omelets can all be made to order, along with pressed fruit and vegetable juices.

Desi Shack

Pakistani, 331 Lexington Ave, (212) 867-3374 In
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Pakistani, 331 Lexington Ave, (212) 867-3374 In Desi Shack's Pakistani version of Chipotle, you design your own meal full of Middle Eatern flavors. Choose a paratha roll, basmati rice or salad, and then pick from chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, aloo potato or paneer. Various sides and sauces are available to compliment your creation, including tasty homemade chutneys.

Dainobu

Japanese Deli + Grocery, 129 East 47th
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Japanese Deli + Grocery, 129 East 47th St, 212-755-7380 Packed Japanese superstore Dainobu offers pre-packaged bento boxes, tons of sushi, and plenty of ready to eat packaged foods (think a few steps above college-style ramen) if you want to stock your office for the week with snacks and lunches. The deli freshly prepares rice balls, salads, ramen, udon, soba, curry, and much more. Along with the 3000+ grocery items, it will be hard to get bored of eating at Dainobu.

Udon West

Noodle Shop, 150 E 46th St, (212)
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Noodle Shop, 150 E 46th St, (212) 922-9677 For a big, steaming bowl of broth, noodles, veggies and seafood or meat, Udon West is your best bet. Sit down to slurp your thick noodles with pork katsu or shrimp tempura or get them to go in a massive styrofoam package that will surely be your afternoon entertainment-- and the envy of your office.

Sophie’s Cuban

Cuban, 396 Lexington Ave, 212-922-3576 A Cuban
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Cuban, 396 Lexington Ave, 212-922-3576 A Cuban sandwich from Sophie's makes for a perfect lunch almost any day of the week! In addition to the meaty, melty sandwich, stop in for daily $9 specials like goat stew, seafood in Cuban sauce, and roast turkey. Don’t forget a side of fried plantains! Online ordering directly from the restaurant is available to speed things up, if desired.

Kati Roll Company

Indian Street Food, 229 E. 53rd St.,
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Indian Street Food, 229 E. 53rd St., 212-888-1700

Kati Rolls make for the perfect on-the-go eat: bread is rolled with fresh meats, vegetables and cheeses and can easily be enjoyed without utensils. At The Kati Roll Company choose from options including shrimp, chicken tikka, spicy potatoes and more. Chase down your meal with a boost of caffeine from a masala chai.

Cafe Zaiya

Asian Cafe, 18 E. 41st St. and 156
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Asian Cafe, 18 E. 41st St. and 156 E. 45th St., 212-779-0600

Asian-inspired Cafe Zaiya serves perfect lunch portions of fresh food, including pre-packaged sushi rolls and cold soba salad. Treat yourself to a green tea soft serve or bring back a bubble tea to the office to keep you awake during the afternoon rush. Cafe Zaiya also doubles as a Parisian-style bakery, so you can definitely treat your sweet tooth when you get lunch here.

Chicken Provence

French, 154 E. 39th St., 212-922-0505 Baguette
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French, 154 E. 39th St., 212-922-0505

Baguette sandwiches, salads and soups are all available at this delicious smelling rotisserie chicken shop. Grab a juicy half or quarter of chicken and pair with sides to create your own lunch plate or opt for chicken on rice. The chicken is also hormone and antibiotic-free.

Murray’s Grand Central

Cheese and Charcuterie, Grand Central Terminal Choose some
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Cheese and Charcuterie, Grand Central Terminal

Choose some fresh bread, cheese and meats and assemble your own sandwich from Murray’s massive selection! Their pre-made selection of sandwiches and various salads also makes for a great lunch.

Luke’s Lobster

Lobster, 207 E. 43rd St., 646-657-0066 Luke’s newest
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Lobster, 207 E. 43rd St., 646-657-0066

Luke’s newest location has a waterfall and a grassy backyard -- it’s like a lunchtime vacation! $18 gets you a lobster roll pack with chips, soda and a pickle. Or, opt for clam chowder and half a roll to mix things up.

Wok to Walk

Stir fry, 384 3rd Ave., 646-964-5333 The
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Stir fry, 384 3rd Ave., 646-964-5333

The European import Wok to Walk recently made its way across the ocean to stir-up custom made creations for hungry lunch customers. Choose your noodle or rice base, proteins and veggies along with your sauce of choice, for endless variety of tasty pan-Asian dishes. Your meal is cooked to order and served in a cardboard takeout box for easy transport.

Range: $7-10

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