5 interesting places to do lunch New York

LA PECORA BIANCA

1133 Broadway
(at 26th St)
Nomad
+1 212 498 9696
www.lapecorabianca.com

La Pecora Bianca is a perfect place to do lunch and sample nicely-priced Italian specialties in an airy, industrial whitewashed space. Seasonal and local influence the menu, and even factor into the homemade pastas using whole-wheat and gluten-free grains. The coffee bar transforms into a wine bar later in the day.

VESELKA

144 Second Avenue
(betw St Marks Place
and E 9th St)
East Village
+1 212 228 9682
www.veselka.com

This place is a leftover from when the neighborhood was mostly East European. The menu features borscht, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage, and a mean Ukrainian keilbasa (smoked pork sausage). Open 24 hours, so also the perfect destination after an East Village pub crawl.

THE MEATBALL SHOP

84 Stanton St (betw
Allen and Orchard St)
Lower East Side
+1 212 982 8895
www.themeatballshop.com

These guys have turned the humble meatball into a superstar. Choose a meat – spicy pork, traditional beef, chicken, or veggie – add a sauce and some sides or get yours on a ‘hero’ (meaning a big sandwich). A bit packed inside but delicious and no fuss. Kid friendly.

RADIANCE TEA HOUSE & BOOKS

158 West 55th St
(betw 6th and 7th Ave)
Midtown West
+1 212 217 0442
www.radiancetea.com

A Chinese teahouse with dim-sum-style small plates on the menu. Tucked inside a bookstore, you’ll find a peaceful ambiance and an extensive selection of exotic blends of hot and iced teas. For lunch they offer a series of ‘box’ lunches, 4 items served in a tray with compartments. Peruse the shop for traditional teapots, teacup, and teas.

CRIF DOGS

113 St Marks Place
(betw Ave A and 1st Ave)
East Village
+1 212 614 2728
www.crifdogs.com

A deep-fried menu of creative hot dogs is the gig here. Dogs come every which way – even a veggie version, and classic NY, which just gets some sauerkraut. Choose from 28 toppings to create your own signature dog, or go for one of their tried-and-true combos like Chihuahua: wrapped in bacon, topped with avodado, sour cream and salsa.

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