Where to get lunch in Upper Midtown West

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  • Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

    Trini Paki Boys Cart

    Trini Paki Boys Cart

  • Becco

    Becco

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    City Sandwich

    City Sandwich

Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

Trini Paki Boys Cart

Trini Paki Boys Cart

Quick bite: Trini Paki Boys Cart
This lunch cart run by Trinidadian-Pakistani brothers and their mom has been a solid under-the-radar lunch option for more than 23 years. Regulars get here early for specials like biryani, garam masala--scented basmati rice served with goat or chicken, and bone-in steamed fish over chewy dumplings with a light tomato sauce ($5--$7). For $2, enjoy an order of doubles, a traditional Trini breakfast made of bara (spinach-flecked fry bread) and filled with chickpea curry and fried fish; it's one of the best deals in the area. Northeast corner of Sixth Ave and 43rd St

Business lunch: Becco
After nearly two decades, this stalwart from Lidia and Joe Bastianich—the mother-and-son team's first coventure—remains a top pick for budget-minded business lunchers, thanks largely to the Sinfonia di Pasta ($17.95). This two-course special starts with either a Caesar salad or an antipasto of grilled and marinated seasonal veggies with nibbles of seafood. Then comes the pasta: unlimited servings of any of the day's three preparations (or all three), such as a bright and light penne pomodoro or the rich and earthy mushroom ravioli with truffle butter and sage. 355 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-397-7597, becco-nyc.com)

Delivery: City Sandwich
You won't miss the mayo at chef Michael Guerrieri's sandwich spot; his crusty handhelds ($6.95--$10.95) are dressed instead with light yogurt-based sauces or olive oil, which let the Portuguese- and Italian-inspired fillings take center stage. Adventurous eaters will be drawn to the Nuno ($8.95), a rich combination of coarsely chopped morcela (blood sausage), broccoli rabe, tomato, collard greens and garlic bound together with melted mozzarella. Like all the sammies here, it's packed to go as soon as the bread finishes warming in the oven, ensuring a toasty delivery. 649 Ninth Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (646-684-3943, citysandwichnyc.com)

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