Taste Test MADISON SQUARE EATS

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In a city of thousands on thousands of restaurants, what's for lunch? can be a daunting question.  Luckily, every New Yorker’s favorite vendor lunch spot, Madison Square Eats, has returned for the month of May. Our Editor in Chief profiles the Square’s best, brightest and tastiest options, and offers suggestions for your next lunch break.  

 

Photos by Olivia Cohen

 


UMA TEMAKERIA

64 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10011

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From the creators of all’Onda and Morimoto, Uma Temakeria is your destination for quick, casual sushi. Order a chef-designed roll off the menu, or design your own roll packed with fish, rice, veggies, and topped off with one of their signature sauces.

Our Madison Square Eats Pick: The Spicy Tuna Roll or the Salmon Roll with Seaweed

 


Flatiron Public Plaza North

10036  East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Row Hotel NYC

700 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 

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A spinoff of Fifth Avenue’s Ilili, Ilili Box offers to-go versions of Chef Philippe Massoud’s Mediterranean creations. From traditional falafel to lamb shawarma and brussel sprouts with fig jam, Ilili Box proves good things do come in small packages.  

Our Madison Square Eats Pick: The Pressed Chicken Sandwich with roasted spiced chicken, garlic whip, and Lebanese pickles

 


MEXICUE

14400 Broadway, New York, NY 11373

225 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010

345 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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Mexicue offers the best of two delicious worlds: the smoky flavors of traditional BBQ and the flavorful spices of Mexican cooking. With hits like Burnt Ends Brisket Sloppy Joes and Cajun Fish Tacos, Mexicue is sure to satisfy any comfort food craving.

Our Madison Square Eats Pick: The Green Chili Queso Nachos with black beans, lime crema, house pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, and burnt ends. 

 


TWO TABLESPOONS

Two Tablespoons will open its first permanent location in June 2015 at the Urban Space Vanderbilt on 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. 

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Using only high-density nutrients and locally grown ingredients, Two Tablespoons offers the ultimate gluten- and guilt-free meal—indulgences for carb lovers and health nuts alike. 

Our Madison Square Eats Pick:  The Sweet Corn Spring Roll with Curry Coconut Sauce, and the Lentil, Beet and Goat Cheese Spring Roll

 


TAKUMI TACO

Chelsea Market Kiosk

75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 

Starrett Lehigh Building

601 West 26th St., 17th Floor Truck Bay New York, NY 10001

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Fusing the tastes of Mexico and Japan, Takumi Taco offers tacos, burritos, and rice bowls that are perfect for any flavor-packed lunch on the go.

Our Madison Square Eats Pick: The Spicy Tuna Taco with tuna, jicama, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo

 


MELT BAKERY

132 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002

The Highline between 15th and 16th Street

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From an endless array of cookie and ice cream combos to choose from, Melt Bakery’s sweet-meets-savory flavors will challenge (and conquer) even the most adventurous of palates. 

Our Madison Square Eats Pick:  The Lumberjack, an oatmeal bacon cookie with maple ice cream