The original Blank Slate is in Nomad, but now there’s a location in Midtown East - and it’s a useful spot to know about if you live or work in the neighborhood. It’s a coffee shop with plenty of tables, and you can get a very decent salad or sandwich here. Plus, there’s wifi. So you can send some emails, work on a few spreadsheets, or play Oregon Trail while you hang out and have a snack.
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Hidden behind red velvet curtains inside Midtown's Le Parker Meridien hotel, this staged hole in the wall with eternal lines has NYC's best burger.
Xi’an Famous Foods
On one hand, Xi’an’s presence in Midtown is great because this area desperately needs more cheap and delicious things to eat for lunch. On the other hand, no one at your office wants to be around for the aftermath of those spicy cumin lamb noodles you ordered.
Haswell Greens is a huge live music bar in the Theater District that’s a good spot to get a cocktail if you still have energy after seeing a show.
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Gai Chicken & Rice
Gai is a tiny takeout spot in Midtown East specialising in Hainese-style steamed chicken. It’s great for a quick, simple lunch.
There are a few Souvlaki GR locations in NYC, including this one in a small basement in Midtown East. Stop by for some great, casual Greek food.
Ole & Steen
Ole & Steen is a Danish bakery and cafe in Midtown East that’s useful to know about for a coffee meeting or picking up lunch.
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