Cava is a fast-casual chain from the D.C. area, and this is the first location in New York. At lunchtime, people line up here for bowls of fresh Mediterranean food that they order at counter, Chipotle-style. Start with some greens, or some grains (or both), and move on to toppings and sauces. Additional veggies are free of charge, and you can essentially be as healthy as you want here. Go for some lentils and super greens or do double portions of meat and have them lather on Sriracha dressing if you want to fall asleep at your desk.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Mokyo is a Korean restaurant in the East Village that serves affordable small plates and alcoholic light-up Capri Suns.
Ferns in the East Village is a good place to go if you’re slightly hungry but still want to be in a bar.
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Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
Omar’s - 39th Street
Omar’s is a Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown East where you should be eating lunch in the area.
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Glaze Teriyaki Grill
Glaze Teriyaki is a reliable and seemingly somewhat healthy option for cheap Midtown lunch. Midtown could use more of those.
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