10Best from Casual to Haute Lunching in NYC: Midtown Madness at High Noon

From 57th Street to Madison Square Garden lunch in New York City is a fool’s paradise. Lunch time is the perfect time to check out some of the city’s finest restaurants because they feature prix-fixe deals that cost 30% less than dinners. Shift gears from your workday and plan for a repast at the seductively elegant Le Bernardin, take a trip to a soulful sanctuary named Hangawi in Little Korea on 32nd St., or stroll to a Paris bistro at Benoit. Comfort food on your mind? You don't have to plan very far ahead for a quick New England getaway at the Oyster Bar counter, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Not much time to eat, hit one of the better grab and go hubs such as Shake Shack at Madison Square Park or Grand Central Terminal's Dining Concourse or across the street Cipriani's offers a taste of enchanting Venice at lunchtime … you choose.



The restaurant's slogan – "Put Some South in Yo' Mouth" - Brother Jimmy's mission is to bring "down-home" cooking, hospitality and merriment to the heart of the Northeast. Over the years, Brother Jimmy's established itself as the home away...  Read More



The name Cipriani conjures images of luxury hotels and elegant bellinis served at Harry's Bar on Piazza San Marco in Venice. This taste of Cipriani across the street from Grand Central Station is about breakfast, lunch, on-the-go-New York style....  Read More

Flatiron District


Here's the scenario: You're working near Madison Square Park, it's winter, summer, spring, fall. You're hungry, and don't have a lot of time. What do you do? Head to Shake Shack's Mother Ship in the Park. Easily one of the best grab and go...  Read More

Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant


Timeless New York, this famous Oyster Bar dates from 1913 and continues to provide first-rate seafood dishes to business people, socialites and foreign dignitaries. This classy restaurant hearkens back to the Gilded Age, when the "spare no...  Read More



Del Frisco's Grille New York could not have a better location: in the heart of Rockefeller Center near Times Square, three blocks from the Museum of Modern Art and one block from Radio City Music Hall. Among its finer features: a sweeping bar...  Read More



Something exciting has happened at that iconic bistro, Benoit. Alain Ducasse is a world traveller and it is explicitly expressed in the fact that he likes to open French restaurants outside of France, such as Tokyo and Osaka. Of course, the...  Read More

Garment District


Boasting, perhaps, what is the area's best vegetarian menu, Hangawi offers patrons a chance to dine in a refined, traditionally decorated setting and enjoy some of the best Korean food you can hope to find. It's not uncommon to find a wide range...  Read More



Located a stone's throw from historic Grand Central Station, in the heart of Midtown East, Docks Oyster Bar boasts a menu rich with fresh fish and thoughtfully executed dishes. The extensive raw bar features shrimp, crab, clams, and daily...  Read More

Grand Central Dining Concourse


No place reflects NYC's energy and character as does Grand Central Terminal. Beneath the hustle and bustle of the terminal, are 35 casual lunch options on the Dining Concourse for average Joes, Janes, an dvisitors. Grab a table, or an Alice in...  Read More



One of the finest tables in New York City and ranked among the top 50 in the world, Le Bernardin has a sublime blend of celebrity in chef Eric Ripert whose blend of a French and Spanish influenced seafood menu is served in an elegant and...  Read More


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