The Best Affordable Lunches in Midtown West

The Best Affordable Lunches in Midtown West

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Check out some of our favorite lunch spots in Midtown West.

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    Owned by siblings Ofelia and Vilio Cardoso, El Rey del Sabor puts out the food from their youth in Puebla, made fresh to order. Overstuffed tortas are delicious—bursting with meat and various fixings.
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    The noodle dishes and dumplings are all great, but for something more portable, try the lamb burger. The sandwich isn't a burger at all, but rather chunks of cumin-spiked lamb with onion and jalapeño stuffed into a flat roll.
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    City Sandwich traces its roots to chef Michael Guerrieri's native Naples and one-time home of Lisbon. The sandwiches are served on crusty Portuguese baguettes and stuffed (but not overstuffed) with ingredients from both places.
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    This Italian deli makes fairly simple classic Italian hero sandwiches, but high-quality ingredients make them shine. You won't go wrong looking for the salumi, mozzarella, and ricotta, all of which are made made in-house.
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    Tehuitzingo is an unassuming little taqueria in the back a Hells Kitchen bodega. There is a range of taco fillings, from meat options like barbacoa and oreja (pig's ear) and vegetarian ones like huitlacoche and squash blossoms.
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    Mmm...Enfes sells a variety of quick-service Turkish breads and snacks (go for the sigara burek and simit), but if you're looking for a sandwich you should try the Ayvalik Toast. This unusual creation features sucuk sausage, tomato, & pickles mozzarella.
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    There's a long menu of dishes such as Bistec Encebollado, a well-seasoned steak dressed with buttery onions. Your best bet, though, is to ignore the menu and do as the regulars do: approach the counter and ask Molina what's good today.
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    The Biryani Cart serves its namesake, a pile of tender, spiced basmati with slivers of juicy chicken, a whole egg korma, and a mango pickle, and chicken tikka masala, but you really want are the kati rolls, flaky flatbread stuffed with spicy fillings.
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    A restaurant serving Korean food and deli staples in a Chelsea office building sounds like a joke, but HIT's food is serious. The deli food is fine, but you're better off going with the Korean dishes like bibimbap and kimchi pancakes.
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    This hole in the wall diner is a great bet for classic Cuban sandwiches like the cubano and media noche—none of which will run you more than $7.50. The restaurant also serves hot entrees.
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