The Best Manhattan Lunch Restaurants-- 2015 Update
Best lunch deals in Manhattan on the Cheap
452 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st St & 82nd St) New York, NY 10024
(Zagat 22) Contains a small bar and a few tables in the back. Total of 29 seats. Same owner as Land (Thai restaurant next door). There is an $11.95 prix fix menu that serves a skirt steak has with a fantastic chimichurri sauce. Excellent calamari appetizer. There is usually a daily fish special which is excellent and reasonably priced. There is usually a daily fish special which is excellent and reasonably priced. menu -- yelp reviews (4 stars
450 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st St & 82nd St) New York, NY 10024
There is a two course prix fixe lunch here for only $8 ( see prix fixe lunch menu ) Excellent vegetable dumplings and soups for appetizer, be careful with second courses as many can be very spicy. See yelp reviews and commentaries (4 stars) .
172 Thompson St (between Houston St & Bleecker St) New York, NY
10012 (212) 777-9346
Among the best sushi places in the city, and perhaps the best value at lunch. There is a reason people start to line up 20 minutes before the doors open. It's only open for lunch Tue-Sat (1-3). The sashimi lunch always has an interested assortment of fish including some toro. Menu -- see yelp reviews (4 stars) .
-- 152 W 49th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10019 --(212) 869-8972
This is a very good Raman soup place located near the Times Square area. For $10 the Sapporo Ramen Special is a complete meal. It's usually very busy --an mostly Asian who know. The restaurant is cash only.
Chao Chow Restaurant
111 Mott Street, Chinatown
Yes some say it's lacking in decor.. but it may have the best noodle soup in Chinatown. Try the seafood noodle soup (yellow noodles) or duck noodle soup. Duck alone is also great (Chao Chow Style Duck). The Crispy Bean Curd Shrimp (deep fried bean curd with shrimp in the center) comes with an excellent dipping sauce. menu -- yelp reviews (4 stars)
-- 80 Bayard St (between Mulberry St & Mott St) New York,
NY 10013 (212) 406-2292
Since the closing of New Chao Chao Bo Ky becomes the only restaurant in Chinatown to serve Chiu Chow cuisine -- This is where you will find the 'best seafood noodle soup' (I prefer yellow or egg noodle) in Chinatown. The country style duck is also excellent here being braised in soy unlike those in Cantonese restaurants. The chili oil found on every table is made at Bo Ky an excellent condiment to add to soups or to just have a a dip. See menu -- Yelp review 4 stars-- Zagat 22--
171 first Ave. nyc 10003- btwn 10th + 11th no phone -
(Zagat rating of 24) David Chang started his restaurant dynasty with Momofuko Noodle which was originally in the smaller Ko restaurant. The pork buns are a must have dish here. The Momofuku Ramen receives mixed reviews. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews (3 stars)
207 second ave, new york city @ 13th street-
(Zagat rating of 25) David Chang does great things with pork and duck at this always busy restaurant that opened in 2006. . See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews (4 stars)
Bayard St (between Elizabeth St & Mott St) New York, NY 10013 (212)
We consider the crab and pork soup dumplings here the best in NY. Scallion pancakes also wonderful. But has it started to go downhill? Menu read yelp reviews and comments (3 stars).
157 Mott St New York, NY 10013 (212) 966-3797
The Pho soup still remains consistently good here. Try the # 1 with Beef Brisket and Fresh Eye Round. You want the eye round to be rare. Some will order in the side and then put it in the soup to cook. Their summer rolls with shrimp and peanut sauce are very good. Pho Bang has branches in Queens and many consider those branches superior. .menu see yelp reviews (31/2 stars)
205 Allen St., New York, NY nr. Houston St. (212) 777-3200
Three locations for Mole now -- The Lower East Side, The West Village and in Williamsburg, Bklyn( see web site for other locations ). Night time can be too noisy since place is so small and tables are very tight. See menu -- see yelp comments.
Motorino 349 E 12th St (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003 --212-777-2644 When Anthony Mangieri left this spot and moved to SF, Motorino's Mathieu Palombino took over the spot including the wood burning oven. Now you can get toppings on your pizza and if you want them cooked more, it's OK to ask for it. There is an excellent lunch prix fixe for $12 that includes a pizza and a fresh salad with mesclun. Pizza has an airy (puffy) charred crust. Yelp (3 1/2 stars) --- Zagat 24 -- Gayot's top 10 Pizza's in New York --
New York Times -- $25 and under
NYC Restaurant Week® --NYC Restaurant Week debuted in 1992 when it was developed as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City. Over the past 19 years, NYC Restaurant Week has grown tremendously. It has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offeringsthree-course, prix-fixe mealsand extended to two weeks (including Sundays for some restaurants) in both the summer and winter. Check NYCGO for more details on the next Restaurant Week in NYC.