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The best lunch in Long Island City

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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 in Long Island City.

Sage General Store

American regional, 24-20 Jackson Ave., 718-361-0707 Sage General
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American regional, 24-20 Jackson Ave., 718-361-0707

Sage General Store is open for breakfast, lunch and diner and serves healthy and well-prepared foods from local ingredients. There are specials daily, and an obvious emphasis on vegetables. We love the chopped California salad with avocado, chick peas, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, chopped romaine, radicchio and basil dressing and the mac and cheese, which changes daily.

Price range: $6-22.

The Burger Garage

Burgers, 25-36 Jackson Ave., 718-392-0424 Pat LaFrieda beef
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Burgers, 25-36 Jackson Ave., 718-392-0424

Pat LaFrieda beef (hormone and antibiotic-free), squishy buns and a style reminiscent of In-N-Out? In Long Island City? Yes. Head to The Burger Garage for a great patty (or a double), a hot dog, hand-cut fries or a number of other delicious items.

Price range: $2-10.

Mu Ramen

Ramen, 12-09 Jackson Ave. Pete Wells, restaurant critic
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Ramen, 12-09 Jackson Ave.

Pete Wells, restaurant critic for The New York Times, said Mu Ramen was the best in the city. Owners Joshua and Heidy Smookler had been running the former pop-up for months but were in such high-demand, they had to shut down. But a brick and mortar restaurant is on the horizon, and will serve ramen and steamed buns. It's just a month or two away... stay hungry.

Price range: $9-18.

Court Square Diner

Diner, 45-30 23rd St., 718-392-1222 The Court Square
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Diner, 45-30 23rd St., 718-392-1222

The Court Square Diner is a local standby and a place that is dependable, day after day. It's the sort of place you frequent if you enjoy comfort foods, or eating the same thing because you don't like a lot of change in your diet. Not that it's boring, it's just the right kind of food for when you just want to eat something tasty and not have to worry about if it'll be worth it. Nothing fancy here, just he goods.

Price range: $1-22.

The Inkan Restaurant

Peruvian, 45-02 23rd St 䔂, 718-433-4171 For delicious
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Peruvian, 45-02 23rd St 䔂, 718-433-4171

For delicious Peruvian chicken with rice and beans, which is a perfect lunch, filling but empowering, head to The Inkan.In addition to rotisserie meats and Latin classics like empanadas (made Ecuadorian style) and tacos, this spot also serves ceviche, fish dishes and mozzarella sticks and frankfurters. Something for everyone.

Price range: $4-20.

M. Wells Dinette

Quebecois, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., 718-786-1800 M.
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Quebecois, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., 718-786-1800

M. Wells Dinette, located inside the museum MoMA PS1, can be eaten at without paying museum admission. This is not your regular lunch spot, however. It's a temple to meat, and not just meat, the whole animal. Expect organs and much more on the menu, which changes daily. The food is incredible and inventive, but you may need a nap before heading back to the office. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Price range: $5-30.

The Creek and the Cave

Mexican, 10-93 Jackson Ave., 718-706-8783 The Creek and
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Mexican, 10-93 Jackson Ave., 718-706-8783

The Creek and the Cave is a favorite of locals. They serve a wide variety of items, with an emphasis on Mexican food and burgers. The pork nachos are a must order, though they might taste better after work with a tequila cocktail, like the Management:Avion Reposado tequila, tamarind soda, muddled mint, lemon and simple syrup.

Price range: $5-12.

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