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The Vox Midtown Heatmap: Where to Eat Lunch Near the Office

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Here, now, is a guide to Eater-approved Midtown restaurants and take-out spots that are within a five-minute walk of Vox's Midtown HQ. On this map, you'll find inexpensive take-out spots, Michelin Guide darlings, power lunch stalwarts, steakhouses, pizzerias, and burger joints. Want breakfast, coffee, or drinks? Head elsewhere.

If you have any recommendations for places that aren't on this map, slack @kludt, and we'll add them. Working together, we can build The Ultimate Guide to Delicious Things to Eat and Drink in Midtown.

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The Kati Roll Company

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Med salads, wraps, burgers, etc. and some destination worthy waffle fries. If you go during primo lunch hours there will be a line, but it moves fairly quickly.

Maison Kayser

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Salads, sandwiches, crazy good breads and pastries. Don't you dare go to Pret knowing this is a block away. -- AK

Cafe Zaiya

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Cheap takeaway sushi and cute white bread sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Located on the second floor of the Japanese bookstore kinokuniya on 6th and 41st, nice seats overlooking the park if you want to stay.

The Picnic Basket

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Maoz Vegetarian

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Salads, falafel, etc. A line but it moves quickly.

Hale & Hearty

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Soups, served fast. Very high ratio of hits to misses.

Grand Central Terminal: Shake Shack, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Joe

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Le Pain Quotidien

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There's a Le Pain Quotidien here. Plenty of seating should you need that.

Xi'an Famous Foods

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Dig Inn Seasonal Market

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Local Thyme

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Upmarket healthy salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, and a counter with roasted meats and veggie sides, plus juices, smoothies, and GF sweets.

Savour Sichuan

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Almost as good as Grand Szechuan and even closer. Great for group takeout orders.

Chick-fil-A

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This one isn't exactly Eater-approved, but people like it. You do you.

Kobeyaki

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Fastest GD restaurant in the city. Soups, stir frys, and (questionable) sushi, all served in literally less than five minutes.

Szechuan Gourmet

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The Red Flame

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This is a very decent diner and has all of the things that diners have. You should go here as often as possible.

Breads Bakery

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Man, Breads is so good. Healthy options exist here but they excel at baked goods, both sweet and savory, and giant bready sandwiches.

Gabriel Kreuther

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This is a really great spot if you want a kind of fancier business lunch that isn't crazy expensive. The bar room gets beautiful light, is wonderfully uncrowded, serves Kreuther's famous tarte flambe for $19, and a "business lunch" prix fixe for $33.

Sitdown and a little spendy. Great sushi, daikon salads, skewers, fried cutlets, etc. Just be prepared to wait 15ish minutes to get in.

Keens Steakhouse

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The Lambs Club

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Café China

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This Michelin-starred Sichuan restaurant has a dining room that evokes 1930s Shanghai. It's one of the best places in the area for a low-key date. Menu highlights include the diced rabbit, the “Szechuan pesto chicken,” and the whole tilapia in miso sauce. The dim sum is also surprisingly good here.

Park Italian Gourmet

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Bid ol' red sauce platters and sandwiches, served cafeteria style. Take it to go or eat at a handful of tables in the back of the place with the other regulars.

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

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Great option for a quick sit-down meal by the office. Get a soup and half of a pastrami sandwich and you're gold.

Ai Fiori

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Akdeniz

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Turkish/Greek sitdown spot, great for a lunch with co-workers and the right kind of business meeting. Pretty bustling and casual, but delicious.

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The Kati Roll Company

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Med salads, wraps, burgers, etc. and some destination worthy waffle fries. If you go during primo lunch hours there will be a line, but it moves fairly quickly.

Maison Kayser

Salads, sandwiches, crazy good breads and pastries. Don't you dare go to Pret knowing this is a block away. -- AK

Cafe Zaiya

Cheap takeaway sushi and cute white bread sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Located on the second floor of the Japanese bookstore kinokuniya on 6th and 41st, nice seats overlooking the park if you want to stay.

The Picnic Basket

SALADS

Maoz Vegetarian

Salads, falafel, etc. A line but it moves quickly.

Hale & Hearty

Soups, served fast. Very high ratio of hits to misses.

Grand Central Terminal: Shake Shack, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Joe





[Photo: Grand Central Oyster Bar by Kalina]

Le Pain Quotidien

There's a Le Pain Quotidien here. Plenty of seating should you need that.

Xi'an Famous Foods

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Dig Inn Seasonal Market

[Photo: Dig Inn Seasonal Market]

Local Thyme

Upmarket healthy salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, and a counter with roasted meats and veggie sides, plus juices, smoothies, and GF sweets.

Savour Sichuan

Almost as good as Grand Szechuan and even closer. Great for group takeout orders.

Chick-fil-A

This one isn't exactly Eater-approved, but people like it. You do you.

Kobeyaki

Fastest GD restaurant in the city. Soups, stir frys, and (questionable) sushi, all served in literally less than five minutes.

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Szechuan Gourmet

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The Red Flame

This is a very decent diner and has all of the things that diners have. You should go here as often as possible.

Breads Bakery

Man, Breads is so good. Healthy options exist here but they excel at baked goods, both sweet and savory, and giant bready sandwiches.

Gabriel Kreuther

This is a really great spot if you want a kind of fancier business lunch that isn't crazy expensive. The bar room gets beautiful light, is wonderfully uncrowded, serves Kreuther's famous tarte flambe for $19, and a "business lunch" prix fixe for $33.

Ootoya

Sitdown and a little spendy. Great sushi, daikon salads, skewers, fried cutlets, etc. Just be prepared to wait 15ish minutes to get in.

Keens Steakhouse

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The Lambs Club

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