5 Creative New Lunches to Try in NYC

Sushi, Italian sandwiches and a tip-included affair
September 23, 2015
by Kelly Dobkin

Lunch is a great time to try restaurants that are typically pricey (and busy) at dinnertime, and lately, you'll find an array of new options to choose from offering everything from a pop-up omakase concept (at an American tavern) to Italian-inspired sandwiches. Here are five new ones to try around town.


Chef Chris Jaeckle's Italian-Japanese mashup eatery is turning into a soup and sandwich shop come lunchtime. Soups include a miso chicken ramen and Parmesan dashi ramen and sandwich options include a meatball hero, porchetta with broccoli rabe and provolone, a burger with truffled cheese, and Calabrian chile chicken with celery root slaw and blue cheese. 

​22 E. 13th St.; 212-231-2236


Tom Colicchio's Flatiron fixture made headlines recently by announcing it was launching a tip-inclusive lunch featuring market-driven composed dishes like black bass crudo, shell bean salad; and bucatini with clams, pancetta and oregano. Desserts form pastry chef (and Zagat 30 Under 30 alum) Abby Swain include a peach cheesecake tart and a chocolate semifreddo.

43 E. 19th St.; 212-780-0880


While this Village Japanese favorite has offer à la carte lunch for a few months, they recently debuted an omakase lunch featuring both hot and cold dishes for $95 Friday to Sunday only (single seating at 1 PM). Featured items include Wagyu katsu: panko-fried Wagyu beef on a squid-ink rice cracker topped with uni as well as duck pastrami in a halibut-bonito consommé with mushrooms and truffles. Check out the menu here.

​61 W. Eighth St.; 212-505-2610


George Mendes' new Portuguese hot spot in Chelsea recently launched lunch on weekdays that includes an awesome doubled-stacked burger featuring two wood-fired patties with Mendivil cheese, smoked mayo, spicy pickles, tomatoes and butter lettuce on a brioche bun. Other lunch highlights include the popular piri-piri chicken; avocado toast (pictured); a salt cod sandwich with pickled ramp mayo and baby squid cooked on the plancha over grits.

835 Avenue of the Americas; 212-290-7600

Church Street Tavern

Tatted-up Sushi Ko chef John Daley is doing a lunch-only sushi omakase pop-up at the recently reopened TriBeCa American restaurant Mon–Fri from 1–3 PM in the bar area for $40. Call for reservations.

313 Church St.; 212-804-7766