A steak or lobster roll lunch for $10 or less, or a seafood splurge… your choice for today’s Lunch Break! By Yvo Sin.
My Uncle’s Steakhouse, Restaurant & Parrillada (Mi Tio)
89-08 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
My Uncle’s Steakhouse is as authentic as its prices: South American cuisine for rock bottom prices that sincerely cannot be beat. The entraña completa (complete skirt steak, pictured) can easily feed a person for two or three meals at the justifiable price of $28.95. But the lunch specials, served Monday through Friday from 11:30a to 3:30p, include a 1/4 skirt steak with your choice of side order (French fries, salad, Russian potato salad, rice & beans, oven roasted potatoes or simply rice), for just $8.50 – a deal if ever there was one. If that seems a bit too heavy for your midday meal, not to worry, because the lunch specials also include lighter fare, such as a sausage sandwich ($6.50 with soup & soda, or $6.95 with French fries & soda), steak sandwich ($6.95/7.50), or 1/2 grilled chicken with soup ($7.50). Mi Tio even has pernil – lunch special price of $7.95 with a side – though you might do better sticking to the South American specialties.
Urban Lobster Shack
15 Stone Street
New York, NY 10004
805 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
The weather may tease us with the promise of spring and even summer ahead, but Urban Lobster Shack delivers on the taste of summer in the form of lobster rolls for just $10, including a side salad and small cole slaw (walk-up orders only; add $4 for delivery). If lobster’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options, such as a rich and creamy New England clam chowder, $6 for 12 oz., add an additional $2 for it to be served with garlic bread. These are definitely the kind of place you take it to go, though – the downtown location is literally just a doorway and a counter where you can stand for a few minutes to give your order, then step aside for the next person to order. No matter, though: the focus is definitely on the product here, and while you can’t fairly compare it to Maine, for a brief moment, you can close your eyes and pretend.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Multiple locations, check website for details
Feeling like a bit of a splurge? McCormick & Shmick’s, home to arguably one of the best happy hour food deals – in terms of price at least – has a reasonably priced lunch menu as well. The lunch specials of the week include, for $16.95, a cup of soup or a salad and your choice of pan-seared tilapia with a cucumber, mint and coconut relish, arugula ravioli with brandy-flamed shrimp and shiitake mushrooms, or a grilled chicken breast with grape tomato and red onion salsa. And if you’re going to splurge, you might as well go all out; don’t miss dessert! There are mini-desserts available for as low as $2.95, on a rotating menu that changes frequently. None of these options excite you? Not to worry: this is only a small part of the menu, with other lunch entrees starting at $19.95; choose from salmon, Chilean sea bass, mahi mahi, Atlantic cod, halibut, and so much more. Check the website for full details and pricing.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of Feisty Foodie.