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The best lunch near Rockefeller Center

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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 Rockefeller Center.

The Halal Guys

Sandwiches, 555 Fifth Ave., This is the real
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Sandwiches, 555 Fifth Ave.,

This is the real deal The Halal Guys do New York City street food like no one else. Served out of a street cart like so much other food in the city, this halal is a step above the rest. It's hot, satisfying and delicious. (And The Halal Guys are opening an actual brick and mortar soon. They're that good.) Hot sauce AND white sauce, please.

Price range: $5-10

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

Sandwiches, 148 W. 48th St. Num Pang's
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Sandwiches, 148 W. 48th St.

Num Pang's Cambodian sandwich shop serves their classics and seasonal specialties on freshly baked bread that is hugely crave-worthy. Tiger shrimp, roasted cauliflower with Thai eggplant spread and grilled skirt steak with coriander are all classic favorites, served with cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers and chili mayo. Rice and noodle bowls are also available.

Tri-Tip Grill

Steak sandwiches, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1003 If you
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Steak sandwiches, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1003

If you want a lunch that packs a punch, look no further than Tri-Tip Grill. Steak sandwiches are the thing here, and come in a variety of styles. The star here is the char-roasted tri tip, a flavorful cut of sirloin. Tri-Tip Grill uses Certified Angus Beer that is aged for 21 days.

Price range: $8-13.

Dig Inn

Farm-to-Counter, E. 52nd St., 212-421-3055 Seasonal, local and
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Farm-to-Counter, E. 52nd St., 212-421-3055

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

Fun Buns

Chinese bao buns, 50th between 6th and 7th
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Chinese bao buns, 50th between 6th and 7th avenues, twitter.com/funbunsnyc

Fun Buns is a food truck, not a restaurant, but they are reliably in the same locations and can be easily found by checking Twitter. They serve only bao (Chinese buns), but in lots of different and fun combinations. Some classic standby's: braised pork belly with relish greens, sugar peanuts and cilantro; bulgogi beef with kimchi, Kewpie mayo, sesame seeds and scallions and Peking duck with hoisin sauce, cucumbers and scallions.

Price range: $5-13.

Burger Joint

Burgers, 119 W. 56th St., 212-708-7414 Classic NYC
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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

'wichcraft

Sandwiches, 555 Fifth Ave., For delicious and healthy
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Sandwiches, 555 Fifth Ave.,

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

Hing Won

Chinese, 48 W. 48th St., 212-719-1451 It can
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Chinese, 48 W. 48th St., 212-719-1451

It can be tough to find a reliable Chinese restaurant without a recommendation, so for all you midtowners, Hing Won is the place to know. The spot served authentic Chinese food that is delicious and cheap. There is an emphasis on Cantonese-style soups here, so if you like aromatic bowls of broth with noodles, head here in a hurry. We especially love the pan fried noodles, the roast pork over rice, the dan dan noodle soup and the Shanghai rice cakes.

Price range: $5-13.

Bouchon Bakery

French Cafe, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-782-3890 Bouchon Bakery
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French Cafe, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-782-3890

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

Katsu-Hama

Japanese, 43-45 W. 55th St., 212-541-7145 Katsu is
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Japanese, 43-45 W. 55th St., 212-541-7145

Katsu is the Japanese version of Schnitzel, and one of the best places to get it is at Katsu-Hama.The dish to get here is the pork tenderloin Katsu, which is breaded and fried and served with spicy mustard and cabbage. And don't forget the katsu sauce, made with onions, tomatoes, apples and pineapple, for dipping. You can also get Donburi, cold noodles and dumplings here. (And apparently, Katsu with cheese.)

Price range: $10-24.

Xi'an Famous Foods

Western Chinese, 24 W. 45th St. Xianese
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Western Chinese, 24 W. 45th St.

Xianese eatery Xi'an Famous Foods is best known for their cold noodles and hot dumplings, priced at a few dollars and spiced to your preferred heat level. An extra kitchen was installed to handle the lunch rush, and a line out the door is typical, though it will move quickly. Be sure to have cash on your before you approach the counter.

Price range: $2.75-10

Pizza be Certé

Pizza, 132 E. 56th St., 212-813-2020 For pizza
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Pizza, 132 E. 56th St., 212-813-2020

For pizza without any (or less) guilt, head to Pizza by Certé. They sell pizza by the slice made from fresh tomatoes and locally-sourced and unprocessed ingredients. Also available: whole pies, handmade pasta, salads and Italian entrees. They are even eco-friendly, and use recycled pizza boxes and utensils.

Price range: $2.50-28.

Dainobu

Japanese Deli & Grocery, 36 W. 56th St.,
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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

Plaza Food Hall

Food Hall, Fifth Ave & Central Park South,
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Food Hall, Fifth Ave & Central Park South, 212-708-7414

In the basement of this historic hotel lies one of New York’s best-kept secrets: a gourmet food court. Modeled after European food halls, this massive 30,000+ square foot subterranean space includes vendors like Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Pain D’Avignon, Vive la Crepe, Piada, Sabi Sushi and many more great lunch spots. Indoor seating is ample or take your lunch right across the street to Central Park.

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