Balade Your Way
144 W. 37th St., Times Square
The first thing that makes this fast-casual Midtown spot stand out is the beautiful space—the tiny sliver of a restaurant is sleek and modern, with a dark wood bar and a concrete checkout counter. From the service counter in the back, you can combine a selection of Middle Eastern appetizers and mains (which you'll eat over rice), combining elements like chicken shawarma, hummus, za'atar flatbread, lamb keba, and more. It's a refreshing alternative to the make-your-own-salad daily lunch grind.
700 8th Ave., Times Square
This food market in Times Square occupies the first floor of the Row NYC Hotel. The place opened in March with nine vendors from all different parts of the city that occupy tiny outposts with simplified menus in one larger marketplace. It's not at all touristy, but the food is excellent—Luke's Lobster, Whitman's (their burgers are great), and Kuro Obi (a tiny concept shop from Ippudo ramen) all have stalls. Gabriela's serves breakfast tacos and hot coffee if you're stopping by early.
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18 W. 45th St., Times Square
This fresh, airy takeout spot is an automatic lunch staple. The restaurant itself is lovely; gleaming white subway tiles line the back wall and a long, clear bar showcases the cold lunch options. The Mexican salad is amazing (as is the guacamole), and the Sriracha chicken wrap is kind of insane.
8th Ave. & 41st., Times Square
Goop HQ will enthusiastically vouch for the fact that Schnippers (the original outpost is conveniently located on the first floor of the New York Times building) has the best chicken fingers in the city. While kids go wild for their fries and milkshakes, it’s a pretty great indulgence if you’re working late and need a convenient sugar bomb. They also have locations in Flatiron, Uptown, and in the Financial District.
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