5 Great Inexpensive Lunches in NoMad

October 30, 2018

If you’re like most of us who work in the NoMad neighborhood, you spend the morning working up an appetite. NoMad is known for some of the finest dining establishments in the city, but you don’t want to spend that much money (or time) every day, especially at lunch. Where can you find a great lunch on a budget? Here are five suggestions to get you started. 


Fast, healthy and affordable, Inday’s location in 1133 Broadway (around the corner on 26th Street) offers Indian-inspired bowls that will energize you for the rest of the work day. Make-your-own bowls start at $8.25 and include three grains/veggies, two garnishes, one sauce and one “crunch,” with the option of adding a protein for a modest upcharge.

Inday NoMad
1133 Broadway
New York, NY 10010


Choza Taqueria

If you’re craving south-of-the-border flavors, Choza Taqueria’s tasty versions on Mexican street food will fill your stomach without emptying your pocketbook. Choose from chicken, carnitas, barbacoa, chorizo or “garbanzo y hongos” (chickpeas and mushrooms) prepared as a bowl, salad, taco, burrito or torta, with nothing over $12.

Choza Taqueria
66 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10016


Num Pang Kitchen NoMad

Num Pang is Cambodian for “sandwich,” so you can guess what’s popular with this New York chain. Combining healthy ingredients with the bold flavors of Southeast Asia, this counter-service restaurant gives plenty of guilt-free dining options that are easy on the wallet, from the specialty Five-Spice Pork Belly Sandwich to the Coconut Tiger Shrimp Rice Bowl. Most sandwiches are priced in the $10 – $12 range, with nothing on the menu that is over $16.

Num Pang Kitchen NoMad
1129 Broadway, New York, NY 10010


Hill Country Chicken

For old-fashioned southern comfort (i.e., fried chicken), this neighborhood favorite  hits the spot. You can order chicken by the piece — your choice of original or “Mama Els” recipe,

A selection of chicken meals, as well as salads and sandwiches — or splurge with the traditional chicken & waffle. Whatever your preference, you’ll walk out with a decent meal for under $15.

Hill Country Chicken NoMad
1123 Broadway
New York, NY 10010


Shake Shack

No list of great NoMad lunches would be complete without mentioning the first and original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Now a New York tradition, this place serves delicious burgers, crinkle-cut fries, delicious shakes, frozen custard and the occasional specialty sandwich—all available at budget-saving prices. The only caveat: be prepared to stand in line.

Shake Shack
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park (Madison Ave. and 23rd Street)
New York, NY