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The best lunch in Times Square

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 Times Square.

Kobeyaki

Japanese, 110 W 40th St., 212-242-5500 Rolls,
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Japanese, 110 W 40th St., 212-242-5500 Rolls, bowls, burgers and buns are all served at Kobeyaki's health-inspired Japanese eatery. Made to order sushi rolls include the classic California to the more adventurous spider roll with soft shell crab ($9.66). Soft shell crab is also served on a bun ($10.35), for a more finger-friendly variation of the sushi roll. Bowls are made with salad, udon noodles, white or brown rice and are topped with grilled meat, seafood or vegetables.

Untamed Sandwiches

Sandwiches, 43 W 39th St., 646-669-9397 If
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Sandwiches, 43 W 39th St., 646-669-9397

If your sandwich craving can’t be tamed, Untamed is the place for you! Based on local and seasonal ingredients, these sandwiches are creative and tasty and a huge step up from your regular chain-menu sandwich. The Butt ($12) features cider braised pork butt, broccoli rabe, pepper jelly, dijon mustard and sharp cheddar or go vegetarian with the Sheemakers Bounty ($11) which includes charred broccoli, fried almond butter and pickled raisin jelly.

Go Go Curry

Japanese, 237 W 38th St, 212-730-5555 Go
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Japanese, 237 W 38th St, 212-730-5555

Go Go Curry, an eccentric Japanese restaurant specializes in curry and katsu-- comfort food at its best. Choose from a small size to an extra-large and top your curry with a boiled egg and cheese, if you so desire. Go Go allows you to order online in advance, so you can schedule your lunch delivery or pick-up with your busy day.

Mexicue

Mexican BBQ, 1440 Broadway, 212-302-0385 The new
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Mexican BBQ, 1440 Broadway, 212-302-0385

The new Times Square outpost of beloved Mexican-themed barbecue restaurant, Mexicue offers hearty dishes, like a brisket plate with brussels sprouts and mac and cheese or a lighter kale and blackened brussels sprouts salad. Market plates also included smoky carnitas and pulled chicken and make for the perfect protein-rich lunch. Indulge with some chips and guac or green chili mac and cheese and you’re good to go! Mexicue offers counterside ordering as well as seating with quick service (and a full bar menu), both options suited to the half-hour Midtown lunch break.

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

Mangia Organics

Organic Cafeteria, 45 W. 38th St., 212-921-9100 Mangia
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Organic Cafeteria, 45 W. 38th St., 212-921-9100

Mangia Organics, a USDA certified cafeteria serves fresh, organic food for “your best bite in the big apple." Healthy options include homemade cottage cheese and yogurt and fresh foods grilled in their authentic tandoor oven. Veggie flatbreads, salads and soups are also lunch staples.

Price range: $4-12

Piccolo Cafe

Italian, 274 W 40th St Piccolo, an
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Italian, 274 W 40th St

Piccolo, an Italian import serves homemade rustic Italian food perfect for big lunch appetites. An extensive panini menu as well as homemade gnocchi and pasta options will keep carb-lovers happy. Organic egg sandwiches and omelettes (served with free Italian coffee) are also available, along with organic vegetable sides and fresh juices. For $10, you can order a massive 32oz salad!

The Little Beet

Healthy/vegetarian-friendly, 135 W. 50th St, 212-459-2338 The Little
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Healthy/vegetarian-friendly, 135 W. 50th St, 212-459-2338

The Little Beet, a farm-sourced eatery aims to make tasty guilt free lunches for anyone excited about veggies. Choose from grilled proteins like salmon or tofu, sides like quinoa with beets or charred string beans, or make a meal out of the freshly made soups and salads. Cold pressed juice is also available as a meal supplement or a liquid lunch.

Price range: $7-15

Schipper's Quality Kitchen

American, 620 8th Ave, 212-921-2400 Schipper's all-American
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American, 620 8th Ave, 212-921-2400

Schipper's all-American eatery serves classics like burgers, sloppy joes, mac and cheese and childhood favorites like chicken tenders. Plenty of sandwiches and salads make up a slightly lighter half of the lunch menu, and sweet drinks like shakes and sweet tea are a nice indulgence.

Crisp

Falafel, 110 W 40th St., 212-278-8978 The
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Falafel, 110 W 40th St., 212-278-8978

The Mediterranean eatery Crisp specializes in falafel any way you like it: in a pita, as a salad or as a burger. Israeli, Greek, French and Mexican are all themes with their various falafel options, incorporating ingredients like sundried tomato pesto, habanero peanut sauce and spicy corn salsa in their dishes for an international twist.

Price range: $3-9

Wok to Walk

Stir fry, 570 8th Ave. European import
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Stir fry, 570 8th Ave.

European import Wok to Walk recently made its way across the ocean to stir-up custom made creations for hungry lunch customers. Choose your noodle or rice base, proteins and veggies along with your sauce of choice, for thousands of tasty pan-Asian dishes. Your meal is cooked to order and served in a cardboard takeout box for easy transport.

Num Pang

Sandwiches, 148 W. 48th St. Cambodian sandwich
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Sandwiches, 148 W. 48th St.

Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang 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.

Range: $8-12

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