Eat and Drink The best lunch near Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center By MELISSA KRAVITZ and GEORGIA KRAL Updated August 25, 2014 10:36 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Picture this: 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 Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center. Epicerie Boulud Photo Credit: P. Wagtouicz Bistro, 1900 Broadway The more casual of Daniel Boulud's restaurants is the grab and go spot Epicerie Boulud. Pick up a sandwich, pastry or soup, or take away beautiful and curated groceries for later. Everything is delicious. 'wichcraft Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Adam Kuban Sandwiches, 61 W. 62nd St., For delicious and healthy sandwiches, there's no better place in the area than 'wichcraft. Simple ingredients rule here, and everything is prepared in a light and refreshing way. We love the chickpea, hummus and seasonal vegetable sandwich and the free-range chicken salad sandwich with pickled kohlrabi. Price range: $5-10 Burger Joint Photo Credit: Burger Joint Burgers, 119 W. 56th St., 212-708-7414 Classic NYC burgers are one of the great pleasures in life, especially if you get one from Burger Joint. Located inside Le Parker Meridien hotel, it's a little hole-in-the-wall dive inside a sophisticated palace. But whatever: the burgers are the thing. And they're beautiful. Get a cheeseburger with "the works." But fair warning: this place is always packed. Price range: $7-9 American Table Photo Credit: American Table Cafe, 1941 Broadway, 212-671-4200 This seasonal restaurant from Chef Marcus Samuelsson inside Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall is the perfect place to grab up some good food and culture on your lunch break. Entrees include a burger with bacon and cheddar, goat cheese grits with smoked salmon, and Kosher hot dogs-- all under $10. Seafood and a few more indulgent items are available, but you don’t have to splurge to enjoy a nice meal in one of the classiest parts of town. Price range: $8-20 Dig Inn Photo Credit: Dig Inn Farm-to-Counter, 40 W. 55th St., 212-246-6844 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 Bouchon Bakery Photo Credit: BouchonBakery.com French Cafe, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9363 Bouchon Bakery is a closer runner-up to Per Se. You may not be able to stop into Chef Thomas Keller’s grand restaurant for lunch but you can certainly enjoy his baked goods at under a $200 price tag! (Way under.) Daily quiches, sandwiches and salads are just a starter to the pastry you’re sure to indulge in when picking up lunch at Bouchon. Price range: $6-28 Dainobu Photo Credit: Facebook/ Dainobu Japanese Deli & Grocery, 36 W. 56th St., 212-707-8525 This packed Japanese superstore 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. Price range: $2-15 Blossom du Jour Photo Credit: Blossom du Jour Vegan, 165 Amsterdam Ave., 646-998-3535 This vegan cafe is suited for eaters of all diets! Sandwiches, wraps, salads and gluten free options make up most of the menu here, but with so many options, you won’t even miss the meat. Blossom specials in imitation meats, so those who abstain from animal products have a large plethora of options: bacon cheeseburgers, grilled chicken pesto sandwiches and a Philly cheesesteak are all on the menu-- meat and dairy free! For those who prefer to not even think of meat, plenty of greens and veggies options are also available. Price range: $7-11. Lunch Box Photo Credit: Google Images Sandwiches, 1886 Ninth Ave., 212-489-9642 Classic sandwiches are the thing at Lunch Box, an unassuming little sandwich place that's an oasis on a bustling strip of Ninth Avenue. But the sandwiches can be dressed up and made healthy, if you like. Toppings like sundried tomatoes and sprouts can be added to any turkey or tuna salad sandwich. Also available: salads, soups, H&H bagels, coffee and juices and smoothies from the juice bar. Price range: $4-8 Gray's Papaya Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Herman Yung Hot Dogs, 2090 Broadway, 212-799-0243 The menu at Gray's is simple: all-beef hot dogs. You can get them topped with sauerkraut, chili or cheese, or grab the $4.95 recession special which comes with two dogs and a drink. The signature house juices are sugary and sweet, perfect to chase down those two franks smothered in ketchup and mustard as you rush back to the office! Price range: $1.95-4.95 Tasty Cafe Photo Credit: Tasty Cafe Cafe, 2062 Broadway, 212-595-6500 When it comes to grab-and-go cafes, Tasty is pretty good. Different weekly specials offer deals like the $6 soup and salad, which is homemade, fresher and cheaper than any chains offer. A pasta station makes your own pasta creation, with various sauces, vegetables and proteins. The cafe is also sun-lit and offers free WiFi, so you can work while you eat. Price range: $4-10 Glaze Teriyaki Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Yelp Inc. Japanese, 60 W. 56th St., 212-315-0300 This restaurant 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. Price range: $3-10 Bread & Honey Photo Credit: Facebook/ Bread & Honey Korean, Asian and Grill, 941 8th Ave. 212-245-0007 Bread & Honey may at first glance appear to be just your usual gigantic midtown lunch spot. But come a little closer and you’ll see there are good things here. Fresh sushi is rolled on site and in addition to a grill for sandwiches and a large salad and hot bar, there’s also Mongolian BBQ, Ramen and Udon, both of which can be prepared right before your eyes. And if you need some Korean groceries to take home, you’ve come to the right place. Price range: $5-10 By MELISSA KRAVITZ and GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.