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The best lunch in Hell's Kitchen

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 nurse off that 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 Hell's Kitchen.

Tabata Ramen

Ramen, 540 9th Ave., 212-290-7691 This ramen shop
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Ramen, 540 9th Ave., 212-290-7691

This ramen shop gets pretty crowded for dinner, but you can walk in and out pretty quickly during the lunch rush and enjoy a $10 bowl of ramen. Along with your typical ramen styles, Tabata’s house ramen is made of soybean powder and coconut milk based soup topped with mild spiced chicken stew, cilantro and red onions. The Geki Kara, called "hellishly" spicy salt flavored noodle soup is also worth a try.

Price range: $4-11.

Manganaro's Hero Boy

Sandwiches, 494 9th Ave., 212-947-7325 Heros, vegetarian heros,
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Sandwiches, 494 9th Ave., 212-947-7325

Heros, vegetarian heros, pasta and salads are all great lunch options at this Italian-style deli. Salami, meatballs, chicken or veal parmigiana and prosciutto are all great sandwich fillers here, as well as rotating daily specials. Pastas include rigatoni with bolognese or marinara and baked ziti.

Price range: $7-13.

Melt Shop

Sandwiches, 135 W. 50th St., 212-974-3423 It’s all
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Sandwiches, 135 W. 50th St., 212-974-3423

It’s all about melty, gooey sandwiches at Melt! Try the fancy grilled cheese, flavored with truffle oil and arugula or opt for the buffalo chicken, which features pepper jack and bleu cheese on sourdough. Saying no to a side of cheesy tots (which you shouldn’t) is a major challenge here. Salads, topped with fried chicken, are served for a slightly healthy option. Gluten free bread is also available for those avoiding gluten.

Price range: $5-9.

City Sandwich

Sandwiches, 649 Ninth Ave., 646-684-3943 This seasonal sandwich
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Sandwiches, 649 Ninth Ave., 646-684-3943

This seasonal sandwich shop's menu is split into three major categories: sandwiches with meat, sandwiches with eggs and vegetarian and fish sandwiches. You also have the option to turn any sandwich off the menu into a salad, with the fillings over greens instead of bread. Specialty sandwich toppings include Portuguese octopus salad, grilled radicchio and vegetables, free range chicken with kale as well as almost twenty more combinations.

Price range: $8-12.

Blossom du Jour

Vegan, 617 9th Ave., 646-998-3535 This vegan cafe
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Vegan, 617 9th 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.

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

Ramen, 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7942 Easily the best
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Ramen, 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7942

Easily the best current lunch option at Gotham West Market (it’s going through many transitions this season), slurping up a bowl of Ivan Ramen is an excellent meal. Choose from traditional shoyo, shio or the excellent vegetarian mushroom broth and get ready to slurp at the counter or a communal table in the food hall. WiFi and ample workspace (as well as coffee by Blue Bottle) make Gotham West a great place for lunch meetings or afternoon breaks.

Price range: $6-17.

Amy's Bread

Cafe, 672 9th Ave., 212-977-2670 Amy's Bread
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Cafe, 672 9th Ave., 212-977-2670

Amy's Bread is a popular Hell's Kitchen bakery that along with excellent loaves creates excellent sandwiches. Meat, veggies, imported cheese and peanut butter and jelly are all options for their pre-made sandwiches. Make a $14.50 lunch box which includes you choice sandwich, cookie, fruit and cold beverage and a side of Cape Cod Potato Chips.

Range: $8-15

Tulcingo del Valle

Deli and Taqueria, 665 Tenth Ave., 212 262-5510
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Deli and Taqueria, 665 Tenth Ave., 212 262-5510

For cheap, hearty and delicious eats, this family-run Mexican spot is the place to go. Large breakfast platters are served all day ($1 extra after 11a.m.) and their $3 hamburger isn’t too bad. For something a bit more authentic, opt for tacos (3 for $10.50), which are filled with everything from goat, roast pork, crispy pork skin, beef tongue, shrimp, vegetable and many more options. Enormous burritos are also available with the same fillings. Cash only.

Price range: $3-10.

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

Ramen, 811 Eighth Ave., 917-388-2555 This Chinese and
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Ramen, 811 Eighth Ave., 917-388-2555

This Chinese and Japanese neighborhood spot is destination-worthy for many-- lucky you if you work nearby! Choose from buns, dumplings, wontons and of course, noodles. Both fried and soup noodles are great lunchtime options! Ramen comes in varieties including cold sesame, spicy beef, roast duck and many more, with the option to add extra proteins or noodles. Dumplings come pan fried or steamed, and are stuffed with a variety of options, including chicken, shrimp or pork and vegetables.

Price range: $5-17.

Empanada Mama

Empanadas, 763 Ninth Ave., 212-698-9008 Wheat and corn
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Empanadas, 763 Ninth Ave., 212-698-9008

Wheat and corn empanadas are the specialty here! Choose from baked or fried, stuffed with everything from beef, mushrooms, spinach, chorizo, chili, cheese, chicken or other specialties. Add a homemade soup on the side if you want something in addition to red and green salsa to dunk your hand-pie in, or just order as many empanadas as your hands can handle and dig in!

Price range: $2-16.

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