Dee Daa bundles at Dee Daa This Thai quick-serve restaurant expands the...
Dee Daa bundles at Dee Daa
This Thai quick-serve restaurant expands the standard app-and-entre lunch special with hundreds of potential combinations. Create your own two-part meal by choosing a curry, noodle, rice or stir-fry main dish plus one of ten starters. For instance, you could match the cashew- and coriander-strewn mango salad or vegetable spring rolls with a brightly spiced panang curry containing juicy shrimp. 155 E 44th St between Lexington and Third Aves (646-396-6500, deedaa.com). $10--$10.50.
Sampler platter at Kashkaval The nearly two dozen heaping bowls of...
Sampler platter at Kashkaval
The nearly two dozen heaping bowls of Mediterranean-style tapas here put the typical salad bars to shame. To sate your midday hunger pangs, choose four options and pair them with chewy whole-wheat pita. We like the garlicky beet skordalia and the savory taramasalata---a creamy, super-salty spread with tiny pearls of carp roe that burst in your mouth. 856 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-581-8282, kashkaval.com). $10.
Rice-ball combo at Oms/b Ditch prepacked sushi trays from the corner deli for...
Rice-ball combo at Oms/b
Ditch prepacked sushi trays from the corner deli for one of the soup-and-rice-ball meals at this tiny Japanese takeout spot. The petite orbs of sticky white rice are stuffed with dozens of savory fillings, such as chopped wasabi leaf, grilled eel or crunchy fried chicken. Between bites, sip a bowl of miso broth or the day's special soup, such as creamy clam chowder. 156 E 45th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-922-9788, riceball-omsb.com). $8.25.
Tiffin Wallah thali at Tiffin Wallah In the vegetarian combos here, silver...
Tiffin Wallah thali at Tiffin Wallah
In the vegetarian combos here, silver bowls (or less glam plastic containers for delivery) are filled with individual portions of aromatic rasam (a lentil-and-tomato--based soup), channa masala (spiced chickpeas), palak paneer (curried spinach with cheese) and basmati rice. A bit of kheer (rice pudding) rounds out the feast. 127 E 28th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-685-7301, tiffindelivery.us). $15. ---JF
Greatest Hot! Hits bento box at Yushi Bento Bar This Japanese-leaning midtowner...
Greatest Hot! Hits bento box at Yushi Bento Bar
This Japanese-leaning midtowner boasts a wall full of ready-to-go bentos both hot and cold, from neatly arranged sushi and sashimi combos to teriyaki boxes. For max variety, pick up the Greatest Hot! Hits package, which comes with glazed chicken, steamed pork dumplings, fried rice with veggies and a pile of shell-on edamame. 245 Park Ave, entrance on 47th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-687-1900, yushi.com). $8.25.
Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or casual dinner in Midtown, Poketeria has you covered. This seafood spot serves up fresh Hawaiian poke seven days a week. First, choose from poke served with nori sheets, with brown or white rice, with greens or in a sushi burrito. Then, pick your protein, mix-ins, sauce and toppings for a customized dish, or select from the menu of signature combinations ($10.95 for a regular, $12.95 for a large). Newbies might go for the spicy classic, which comes with tuna, sweet and green onions, fried shallots, seaweed salad, masago and crab salad in sriracha aioli, while adventurous eaters might want to try the kimchi tako with octopus, kimchi, green onion, yellow radish, pea shoots, shredded seaweed and shoyu. Poketeria also offers the super-Instagrammable sushi donuts, but only on the weekends. You might also want to order a fresh young coconut ($6.50) to enhance the tropical vibes—the staff will open it right in front of you.
Venue says: “Have you tried our Sushi Donuts and Sushi Burritos? We are serving Sushi Donuts every Saturday and Sunday! Stop by and try it yourself!”