Try some wonderful neighborhood Mexican food, a fantastic burger from a famed steakhouse, or authentic Italian in small cafe in today’s Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
5 Burro Cafe
7205 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
127 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Everyone wishes they had the perfect neighborhood Mexican spot; 5 Burro is that perfect little spot. Thankfully open for lunch, 5 Burro offers their full menu for lunch, with minor changes like two tacos instead of three. This will still definitely stuff you full of delicious food inexpensively, with enough for leftovers to take home. Try anything with the ‘tasty pork & cilantro’ because, as the name suggests, it is tasty. VERY tasty. Each platter comes with rice, beans, healthy scoops of sour cream, guacamole, and refreshing pico de gallo for you to garnish your tacos, though they don’t need any additions to be delicious. If you’re feeling daring, try a mini-margarita – each garnished with a cute toy – for $5.
Peter Luger, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Peter Luger. There is no introduction necessary here. However, you may not be familiar with their lunch menu, which includes some of the dinnertime regulars, but also includes this thing of beauty: the Luger Burger. Weighing in at over half a pound of meat, this burger is the real deal. Ground from the dry aged steaks for which Peter Luger earns his fame, upon grilling, the burger achieves a crust unlike that which mere non-aged ground chuck could never hope to earn. Each bite almost impossibly juicier than the last, you will barely stop to breathe as you engage all of yours senses consuming the Luger Burger. Unfortunately, it’s only available on the lunch menu… so go get yours. Now.
165 Church St
New York, NY 10007
Capri Cafe falls solidly into the category of “Places You Walk By Constantly and Never Realize What a Gem They Are” – the storefront is fairly unassuming, easy to keep on walking by – until someone reveals the secret to you. Capri Cafe doesn’t just deserve a second look, but a regular spot in your lunchtime destinations rotation. Walk inside to the aroma of so many wonderful dishes; order a pasta dish and be rewarded with deliciousness. Some are made with fresh pasta, so choose wisely (or ask), but all are a great and inexpensive option for lunch. The rigatoni napulitani (pictured) – along the lines of a bolognese – comes in at $8.95 and is enough to sate even the biggest eater.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.