As a busy New Yorker, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality of food over time. That’s why we put together a list of the 10 best quick lunch spots for your weekday grab and go.


If you crave a a classic, Italian sandwich, look no further than Alidoro. Rated as the #1 sandwich spot in New York by Zagat, it’s no wonder that people flock to this lunch spot. With over 40 different sandwiches to choose from, you will never have a sad desk lunch after stopping by here.

Made Nice

If you don’t want anything too fancy, but want some of the best flavors by the team behind the recently voted “best restaurant in the world”, Eleven Madison, head over to Made Nice in the NoMad neighborhood. This fast casual spot is perfect for a flavorful and fast sit down lunch.


The first restaurant of its kind in NYC, KazuNori serves up hand rolls for a creative and delectable quick lunch. With crispy nori, warm rice, and tasty ingredients, they pride themselves on redefining on what you think about sushi.

Union Bar and Kitchen

Right around the corner from Arlo SoHo, this is a great spot for both a nice lunch, and drinks in the evening. Serving up American classics with a few global twists, Union Bar + Kitchen prides themselves on serving unique flavors in an unpretentious, casual restaurant and bar.


Named the best pizza spot in DC, amongst other many top pizza titles, &pizza finally arrived in NYC last year, and has been a huge hit since. Creative pies (meatballs and blueberries, anyone?) and an anti-establishment mindset are what makes this pizza spot stand out amongst the rest, making it the top spot for your grab and go slice.

Los Tacos No. 1

This may be the only reason to ever visit Times Square. A small spot with a bit of a dingy look, Los Tacos No. 1 has a small menu that covers just about every taco craving you have. While the lines may be long, they do move very fast. You may just end up eating some of the best tacos you’ve ever had, which is a bold but true statement.

Empire Diner

A new York classic, the Empire Diner is so much more than just a diner. Serving up quick, classic American fare with traditional diner favorites, it’s hard to go wrong with anything that you order. Their herb fries are a big hit and the diner is bright, providing the perfect mix of an old school diner with a super modern, trendy update.


For a delicious and healthy lunch, by CHLOE. is a fan favorite for vegan food in NYC. Their food is very well prepared and tastes great. You may not even realize you’re eating a vegan meal. The space is nicely decorated & the wait for your food is never long.

Make Sandwiches

A small sandwich spot in Union Square, you really can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The Chicken + Chorizo and Steak + Salsa Verde are only two of many combinations available. Make’s motto is to come to hang out, eat well, and take a break from the thing you do. It’s just what you need on a busy day, where a break is necessary.


Let me start off by saying that Taim has a “5 foot tall Israeli warrior princess that ended up creating the most delicious falafel in all the land”. Now that’s a hook. Taim, meaning “tasty” in Hebrew, is easily one of the best falafel spots in the city. Falafel filled with flavor, harissa, and fried to order, how could you not stop in here for lunch?