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The best lunch near Penn Station

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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 the vicinity of Penn Station and the Garment District.

Minar

Indian, 5 W 31st St., 212-967-2727 This eat-in
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Indian, 5 W 31st St., 212-967-2727

This eat-in and delivery Indian spot is a low-price Midtown gem. With prix-fixe lunches under $10, you’re sure to get plenty of good food whenever you order from Minar. The Friday special, a selection of dishes including shrimp curry served with salad, raita and a choice of bread or rice is your best bet to kick off the weekend.

Price range: $1-8

Leña Latin Grill

Made-to Order Counter, 34 W. 35th St.
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Made-to Order Counter, 34 W. 35th St.

If you need a change from Chipotle, Leña is the perfect alternative. Choose between a wrap, salad, sandwich, or plate and then fill it with your favorite protein, veggies, sides and sauce. And yes, fried chicken is an option.

Price range: $8-11

Mooncake Foods

Sandwiches & Salads, 263 W 30th St, (212)
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Sandwiches & Salads, 263 W 30th St, (212) 268-2888

This fresh and healthy pan-Asian eatery offers a wide breadth of salads perfect for a refreshing lunch. Seared tuna, agedashi tofu, and chicken sausage are all salad topping proteins, and creative dressings round off the salads. Fusion sandwiches like whitefish salad banh mi and pulled pork BBQ heros are also solid lunch options.

Price range: $4-15

Mandoo Bar

Korean, 2 W 32nd St, (212) 279-3075 It’s
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Korean, 2 W 32nd St, (212) 279-3075

It’s a rare occasion that doesn’t call for dumplings, and lunch is definitely not one of them. Mandoo, Korean dumplings, are available in beef, kimchi, veggie and seafood varieties, in broth or on their own. Other Korean dishes like bibimbop with a variety of toppings as well as ramen are available.

Price range: $5-15

NY Pizza Suprema

Pizza, 413 8th Ave., 212-594-8939 This 45-year-old establishment
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Pizza, 413 8th Ave., 212-594-8939

This 45-year-old establishment has increased its prices a bit from its original 5-cent slice, but the flavors still remain the same. Stop in for a classic $20 pie to share or grab a $3 slice that’s easily three times better than three $1 slices.

Price range: $3-4.50

http://nypizzasuprema.com

Larb Ubol

Thai, 480 Ninth Ave., 212-564-1822 This Isan Thai
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Thai, 480 Ninth Ave., 212-564-1822

This Isan Thai restaurant does a solid lunch business, both sit down and take out, with an $8 lunch special that includes your choice of chicken larb or papaya salad along with traditional stir-fries, noodle soups and rice dishes.

Price range: $6-15

HIT Deli & Korean Food

Korean Deli, 150 W 28th St, 212-633-1530 Like
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Korean Deli, 150 W 28th St, 212-633-1530

Like your typical NYC Korean deli, HIT offers a solid combination of bibimbap and classic American lunch sandwiches. While a side of japchae with a Philly cheesesteak is always an appropriate lunch, take a moment to appreciate HIT’s fresh ingredients, like in-house grown produce and homemade dumplings. Follow HIT on Facebook for their daily $6.95 lunch specials.

Price range: $3-12

Salumeria Biellese Deli

Italian Deli, 376 8th Ave. Since 1925, Salumeria
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Italian Deli, 376 8th Ave.

Since 1925, Salumeria Biellese has been making artisan meats for New Yorkers. Their deli menu includes hot heroes (Chicken Parmigiana), cold cut sandwiches (Mortadella & Provolone) and daily specials like the $9 Friday seafood linguine and Monday’s $8 roast beef. Soups, salads, and plenty of hot pasta dishes are also available for those who aren’t in a sandwich mood.

Price range: 3-12

The Picnic Basket

Takeout sandwiches and salads, 65 W. 37th St.,
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Takeout sandwiches and salads, 65 W. 37th St., 212-382-2627

Whether you’re eating at your desk or at the park, The Picnic Basket packs a lunch better than you could paper bag. With plenty of healthy salad and sandwich options in the $8 range, you won’t feel guilty about ordering online!

Price range: $3-8.

Food Gallery 32

Asian Food Court, 11 W. 32nd St., 212-967-1678
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Asian Food Court, 11 W. 32nd St., 212-967-1678

This “international food emporium” offers Asian bites from China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and beyond. Pair a spicy tuna roll with some spicy beef donburi or enjoy chicken fried rice and salmon teriyaki for a high protein lunch. Quick, efficient service and low prices for high quality food make Food Gallery 32 a common lunch spot.

Price range: 4-13

Roastown

Cafe and Sushi, 267 W. 34th St., 212-290-8015
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Cafe and Sushi, 267 W. 34th St., 212-290-8015

Made to order salads, sandwiches, and smoothies are quickly served (and low priced) at this cafe. Hang out in their bi-level seating area or head to the back for their semi-secret Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, curries, and noodle dishes to order. Roastown’s “Healthy Food Bar” is a step up from your typical Midtown lunch spot, and offers a huge variety so you won’t get bored every lunch of the week. Plus, free WiFi!

Price range: $2-15

Madangsui

Korean dine-in and takeout, 35 W. 35th St.,
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Korean dine-in and takeout, 35 W. 35th St., 212-564-9333

Critically acclaimed Korean BBQ Madangsui has one of the best lunch specials in Midtown. $10.99 lunch boxes and $14.99 set menus offer plenty of delicious Korean food like bibimbap, bulgulgi, kimchi and sushi rolls that will keep you satisfied all afternoon. If you’re not in the mood to feast, plenty of $9.99 lunch specials also offer classic Korean options like spicy soups, stews, and casseroles.

Price range: $5-18

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