Lunch Break: Sushi Or Tofu In Midtown, Barbecue In The Flatiron
Choose from sushi, BBQ or tofu in today’s New York Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
165 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
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Nomado sits on one of the less-traveled roads in Midtown, but deserves no less attention for it. With incredibly reasonably priced lunch specials, such as two or three rolls, served with soup & salad, priced at $9 and $12, respectively, you can be sure you’ll fill your belly without emptying your wallet here at Nomado. Perhaps even more incredible are the bento lunches, all of which are $8.50, or any of the noodle or rice lunch specials, which range in price from $7 to $9 (most are $8, however). Stop in and get your Japanese fix without breaking the bank!
30 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
While Hill Country oftentimes proves a bit difficult to score a table at night, during lunchtime the place is generally empty. This doesn’t just make it easy to get your fill of brisket moist, but also means they offer ridiculous values on lunch specials. The bowl of Texas red (chili)- $9 for an eight ounce serving, $12 for sixteen ounces – comes with chopped onion, cheddar, corn bread, and your choice of iced tea, lemonade or a fountain soda, and will fill you up nicely. An even better deal is the barbecue beef sandwich (pictured); only available for lunch, $11.50 gets you the sandwich plus any eight-ounce side and an iced tea, lemonade or fountain soda. Try the white shoepeg corn puddin’ – you won’t find that just anywhere!
BCD Tofu House
17 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
BCD Tofu House is known for its rather generous outpouring of banchan (pictured), the small appetizer plates that are served at Korean restaurants with every meal, free. It is also known for its incredible seafood tofu soup, served boiling hot in small cast iron pots that will burn you if you touch them when they’re served – deliciously soothing, these soups will warm you to the core. If not, there’s always the steak tartare dish – thin slices of beef, slicked with sesame oil, and served with skinny slices of Asian pear, a quail egg yolk perched atop the tangle of beef slices… Cold, delicious, and refreshing on a hot day. Sometimes it even arrives still slightly frozen… yum, perfect!
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.