Business Spotlight

Lincoln Square Staff Picks: Low Cost Lunches

Jan 8, 2020
lunchgoers grab food from a busy Bang Bar counter in The Shops at Columbus Circle

On the occasional work day that you find yourself in need of a grab and go meal to bring back to your office in Lincoln Square, there are a number of delicious lunch spots around the neighborhood. Affordable options can be hard to find in New York City, but luckily in Lincoln Square you don't have to break the bank to enjoy a tasty lunch at your desk.

To get an idea of where hungry lunch-goers should go, we asked our Lincoln Square BID staff what their favorite spots and dishes are in the neighborhood:

  • Christie Klima, Program Assistant, recommends the build your own wrap station at Whole Foods Market (10 Columbus Circle, Concourse). She says, "the station has a ton of options and sauces to choose from. It costs under $9 and I can customize my wrap easily." 

  • Elizabeth Grant, Outreach and Visitor Services Coordinator, recommends Moroccan soup from Breads Bakery (1890 Broadway at 63rd Street). She says, "It's easy to grab a bite from Breads and the price and flavor make it well worth it." 

  • Ian Hartz, Senior Project Manager, recommends the spicy pork office bowl from Bang Bar (The Shops at Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor). He says, "it's under $10 and very flavorful. Plus, they often sell my favorite kind of chips as a side."

  • Julie Kronick, Marketing & Special Projects Manager, recommends chicken salad on a hero from Alan's Marketplace (27 Columbus Ave at 60th Street). She says, "it always tastes fresh and has dried cranberries in it. It's a big sandwich for under $6 that I can split across two days."

  • Phil Gordon, Director of Operations, recommends turkey chili from Gourmet Garage(155 West 66th Street at Broadway). He says, "it's tasty and hearty and warms you up in the wintertime. I'm outside a lot of days, so it's a nice treat for lunch when it's cold."

  • Ralph Memoli, Executive Vice President, recommends the daily organic soup at Le Pain Quotidien (60 West 65th Street). He says, "the menu is always rotating so I'm not buying the same lunch each time and it comes with a fresh piece of bread. It's not expensive and a good choice during cold months." 

  • Monica Blum, President, recommends spring rolls or sushi from the Genji counter inside of Whole Foods Market (10 Columbus Circle, Concourse). She says, "it's healthy and affordable. I can read the calories and ingredients of every option and the choices are all low-calorie." 
Also, most of the staff at the BID can be found visiting Melissa's Gourmet (1879 Broadway at 62nd Street) for a build your own salad or a snack and coffee. Local quick serve spots are great places to catch up with locals and find out the latest neighborhood news, too. Check out our Where to Eat brochure or our Neighborhood Guide for more lunch spots in Lincoln Square. You can choose from a number of diverse cuisine types suitable for any palate and wallet. Bon appetit!
Photo credit: Noah Devereaux