Nomad Specialty

Establishment neighborhood
Caffe Marchio
30 East 30th St., Nomad
This little Italian cafe in the Redbury Hotel feels straight out of Rome. In the morning, we come here for some of the best espresso in the city, plus amazing Italian pastries, non-tooth-breaking biscotti, and great frittata paninis, which they'll pack up for you to take into the office. Around the lunch hour (and until 6), they serve light pizzas, sandwiches, and soups to a grab-and-go lunch crowd. We love to sneak in right before six for an affogato or a cocktail; they always have a white and red wine, plus Italian drinks like Peronis, Aperol spritz, and negronis.
225 5th Ave., Nomad
This fusion joint mixes Mexican cooking techniques with American barbecue, resulting in some unique twists on old favorites, like shrimp jambalaya enchiladas, or smoky carnitas. It’s a great spot for a quick lunch or dinner to-go, but we like it best for happy hour: Order some margaritas (or one of their excellent bourbon-based cocktails), Mexican corn, and the guacamole, which is served with watermelon radish chips. There are two locations, in Times Square and NoMad.
Melt Shop
55 W. 26th St., Nomad
These grilled cheese aficionados have four locations in Manhattan—with two outposts in Midtown (50th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, and 8th Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Street) along with one in Lower Manhattan, they pretty much have the lunch rush figured out. (Pro tip: They have a slick online ordering system that lets you skip the 1pm line.) Those with gluten allergies will appreciate that all of their indulgent, melty sandwiches are available with gluten-free bread. There's also a location in NoMad.
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