Symposium has a huge menu which makes it a little daunting, but the food is good so there isn't really a problem. I had the dolmas, gyro platter, and baklava. The dolmas was pretty good, the gyro platter was a little dry with the meat, and the baklava was wonderful. This is a tucked away restaurant in Morningside Heights that I would visit again to try more of its fare.
This is a teeny tiny Japanese restaurant with good lunch specials and yummy options. The prices are great and though it is mainly a take out place, I definitely recommend it. Make sure to get the croquettes!
This crepery has a wide selection of kinds of crepes, from savory to sweet. I had a typical nutella and strawberry crepe that was not bad, but also didn't blow away my mind. The prices are fine and it's a good place to go for brunch.
This market has a decent amount of Asian food selection in its refrigerated section as well as meals prepared at the deli (including sushi) and packaged food like Ramen. The prices here aren't extremely inexpensive, but it is a convenient place for Asian foods that are decent.
Absolute Bagels has amazing fresh bagels and great cream cheese that actually has fresh veggies and fruit in them. I love waking up and having an everything bagel (that doesn't have to be toasted because it's so fresh!) and sun-dried tomato or veggie cream cheese. This place is a New York city gem.
This Mexican restaurant, which recently was renovated, has great Oaxacan and typical Mexican food. From moles to Tostadas to tacos, the flavors here are wonderful. You start your meal with homemade chips and three types of salsa then go onto a huge meal, often with rice and beans. The ownership here is friendly and it's a good place to get your fix of Mexican food. This place does take phone orders too.
Thai Market is a great Thai place in the Upper West Side that has inexpensive lunch specials at $8 that include an appetizer and an entree. The portions are a very generous size and the quality of the food is also high up. This place is a little trendy with its menus and its atmosphere, but thankfully this isn't translated into the price of its fare.
This restaurant is a small sushi place near Coolidge Corner that has wonderful rolls and sashimi. It is all at a fair price and the food here is done well. One can easily have a full meal spending less than $30. Be warned, however, that this restaurant is tiny and only has a handful of tables.
Taiwan Cafe is a great restaurant in Chinatown that is kind of hidden away. They have an extensive menu with lots of authentic food. The prices here are not bad at all, though there are some Chinese places with better deals. However, the quality of the food here compensates and it makes for a good place to eat after seeing a show in the Theater District or when you are in town. Great hours too!
This place has smoothies, but they are not made with real fruit. The smoothies are made with fruit teas and ice. Nonetheless, they are pretty yummy although expensive.