Ask anyone who works near Grand Central and Bryant Park how often they go to Omar’s, and they’ll probably get embarrassed about their answer. This is a very dependable Lebanese lunch option in the area, and it’s the kind of thing that will help you get through an otherwise sh*tty week. There’s a sit-down area if you have a full lunch hour to spare, and a take-out line that usually snakes out of the restaurant and on to 39th Street (and moves extremely quickly). The chicken shawarma pita is the first thing you should try here, but they also have platters with lamb, beef, and chicken that come with salad and two sides of things like tabbouleh, hummus, and eggplant salad. Plus, you get a tiny piece of baklava with every order.
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BCD Tofu House
BCD Tofu House is a chain with locations on the East and West Coast, and you can stop for some banchan and tofu stew at this location 24 hours a day.
Via Brasil is a classic Brazilian spot in Midtown where you should eat feijoada while listening to live jazz.
Mike's Bistro is a big deal in the world of kosher restaurants. Although its appearance might suggest differently, this is a popular special occasion spot, especially with the younger generation. The food is good, even though the decor isn't.
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Dill & Parsley
Dill & Parsley is a fast-casual place in Midtown where you can get some sort-of-healthy Mediterranean food.
Vella is a Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper East Side with outdoor seating and oyster Happy Hour.
Bar Belly is a cocktail and oyster bar on the Lower East Side that’s an ideal first date spot.
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