Lunch should be about more than stuffing something down your craw, even if you only have a limited time to do so. Since there are so many NYC restaurants worth sampling, we decided to take advantage of this neglected meal and hit up some new restaurants on our list—particularly the cheap eats, since cheap often equals fast.
Imagine a mash-up of Hampton Chutney and a taco truck, and you’ve got Aamchi Pao in Greenwich Village. Specializing in Mumbai street food, this little sandwich shop dishes out authentic fare like pao, which are basically hot wraps made of very thin bread and stuffed with tasty ingredients. Spicy, greasy, and very addictive, the Parsi Beef Keema Pao ($4) will set your mouth on fire, especially if it’s dipped in the Maggi hot sauce that’s on every table.
But true to Indian tradition, Aamchi Pao isn’t for meat-eaters only. There are also vegetarian pao and sides, lassi, and lemonades on offer.
If you’re an adventurous eater, however, take note that this may be one of the few places in Manhattan that serves goat sandwiches. (Sadly, they had run out on the day we visited.)
Wash down the spicy stuff with hard-to-find Indian bottled sodas like this Limca ($2). And if you want a super cheap dinner, they’ll let you BYOB.
Total lunch time: 15 minutes
194 Bleecker Street between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue