Earl of sandwich:
A royal treat from Mike's Take-Away.
Best Takeout Lunches
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Salads, $7.95$14.95; sandwiches, $6.95$8.95
Fresh ingredients were 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.
Fresco on the Go
40 East 52nd Street
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.
Blanche's Organic Cafe
22 East 44th Street
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?
The Prime Burger
5 East 51st Street
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
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.