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Earl of sandwich: A royal treat from Mike's Take-Away.
Best Takeout Lunches

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Salad
Tossed

30 Rockefeller Plaza
212-218-2525
Salads, $7.95–$14.95; sandwiches, $6.95–$8.95
Fresh ingredients — we’re talking actual red, sweet cherry tomatoes — that change seasonally. Also four-star sandwiches like grilled flank steak and onions on a baguette and a new take on tuna with sun-dried cherries and jicama.

Gourmet
Fresco on the Go

40 East 52nd Street
212-754-2700
Pasta, $7.50–$9; salads, $5–$10.95; sandwiches, $6.50–$9.95
You'll forgo your no-carb pledge after you feast your eyes on the cheesy lasagna. We like the salads —- chicken cobb, southwestern — as well as the grilled pizzas. Suddenly, ricotta cheesecake at lunch seems like a good idea.

Healthy
Blanche's Organic Cafe

22 East 44th Street
212-599-3445
Juices, $4–$8; hot plates, $10.50; salads, $10 per pound
Satisfies both the seitan-eating, soy-milk-drinking crowd as well as the merely wellness-minded looking for grilled catfish, steamed veggies, or scrambled tofu. Juices are tellingly titled: Are you a Toxic Avenger or a Beauty School?

Greasy Spoon
The Prime Burger

5 East 51st Street
212-759-4729
Plain burgers, $3.50; grilled cheese, $3.95; side of fries, $2.10
Order the Primeburger Deluxe — two burgers plus fries ($7.50). Tell 'em you want yours made "from scratch." It's the secret password to cholesterol heaven.

Soup & Sandwich
Mike's Take-Away

Grand Central
212-983-6453
Soup from $4.28; salads from $3.95; sandwiches from $6.95
What started as a pushcart on 45th and Vanderbilt is now a full-blown movement. Savory soups (tajine of chicken with couscous is our favorite), salads, and sandwiches draw followers from their cubicles like editors to a sample sale.


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