Where to get lunch in Upper Midtown East

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Uncle Gussy's Truck

    Uncle Gussy's Truck

  • Photograph: Jenna Andrews

    The National

    The National

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    Bi Lokma

    Bi Lokma

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Uncle Gussy's Truck

Uncle Gussy's Truck

Quick bite: Uncle Gussy's Truck
Brothers Franky and Nick Karagiorgos inherited their food truck's ace parking spot, outside St. Bart's Church, from their uncle. The daily specials are sourced from Astoria's K&T Quality Meats and prepped by the boys' mom with copious amounts of olive oil, lemon, garlic and oregano. These flavorful marinades enhance the tasty lamb or pork-chop specials, served with citrusy potatoes, and an always-on-the-menu gyro with homemade tsatsiki. 345 Park Ave at 51st St (unclegussys.com)

Business lunch: The National
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian serves modern bistro fare in a chic European-caf--inspired setting. If your dining cohorts can bear the sight of a little juice dribbling down your chin, go for the excellent burger ($16, with bacon $18). Crafted from brisket, chuck and short rib, it's piled with jalapeos and pickles, doused with the house sauce and shoehorned into a spongy onion-speckled roll. A side of singed brussels sprouts ($7), with crispy chunks of prosciutto, could be a main course itself. Benjamin Hotel, 557 Lexington Ave between 50th and 51st Sts (212-715-2400, thenationalnyc.com)

Delivery: Bi Lokma
Sip Sak chef Orhan Yegen's new spot churns out Turkish eats that are just as appetizing as those at the original—and cheaper to boot. The lamb is roasted on a vertical spit, making for a moist, juicy dner gyro ($8.50) and a delicious lahmajun—flatbread topped with minced lamb, chopped tomatoes, onion and parsley ($4). 212 E 45th St between Second and Third Aves (212-687-3842, bi-lokma.com)

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