The Best Restaurants for Lunch in the Theater District in New York City

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New York City is always open and thriving and ready for long days and nights of exploration. By day, visit the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, a number of shops, museums and galleries, and by night, take to a number of hot spots that are open late or catch a show on Broadway. If you find yourself near Times Square in the Theater District during lunch, you can enjoy a number of popular and culturally diverse dining options in the area.

Lezzette Mediterranean Cucina

You can't miss Lezzette Mediterranean Cucina as you walk down 34th Street in the Theater District of NYC. Look for its shiny, stainless steel sign and watch for crowds waiting to get in to this popular lunch and breakfast restaurant. The vibe at Lezzette Mediterranean Cucina is busy and fast. The space is clean and packed with deli cases and long counters to really give it a classic NYC deli feel. Popular Mediterranean-style dishes are served fresh and fast, and this is a great place to grab a take-out sandwich from if you are on the go. Popular sandwiches include the fresh turkey and endive that combines cranberry chutney and turkey on a fresh baguette; the Cajun chicken and smoked gouda, served with radicchio on semolina bread; and their self-named specialty, the Lezzette-style sandwich that includes turkey, chicken, honey ham, mortadella, soppressata, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese with mesclun, lettuce and Holland tomatoes. A number of salads, pastas and soups are also on the menu.

Lezzette Mediterranean Cucina 369 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001 (212) 244-8301

Margon

Located just steps from Time Square, Margon is always a popular choice for the lunch crowd in the Theater District. The decor is simple here and the place is definitely worn a bit around the edges, but that never stops its backroom from being packed with guests or its takeout line from averaging about 20 customers. The focus at Margon is on Cuban food, and you can order from a long list of popular items that includes dishes such as roast chicken with yellow rice, pinto beans and plantains, and the Cuban sandwich that combines ham, roast pork, cheese and pickles on a fresh roll. Baked goods are baked on-site at Margot and provide an aroma that has the power to draw you in from the street.

Margon 136 W. 46th St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 354-5013 margonrestaurant.net

Just Salad

If you are seeking a bit of fun during lunchtime in NYC, take a seat at Just Salad. The name is interesting because this busy trendy NYC restaurant also serves a number of wraps, sandwiches and soups. The salads, though, are the primary focus, and that is where the fun comes in. When you walk in, you will be offered a package consisting of a reusable bowl and loyalty card. For just $1, this actually makes a nice souvenir. Fill it up with a number of fresh vegetables, cheese and meat options to create a custom salad. Free one-time use bowls are also available.

Just Salad 134 W. 37th St. New York, NY 10184 (212) 244-1111 justsalad.com

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