263 W 30th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.749441 -73.994767
Neighborhoods: Chelsea, Midtown
I'll go to Mooncakes by myself or with others either way it's always fun.
Mooncakes is home-cooked Asian comfort food...one of my favorite spots for lunch and dinner in the Chelsea and Soho area. I think they are extremely reasonable. Most items on the menu are under $10. The Chelsea space itself is the most utilititarian I've seen in the area. I like a clean and crisp kind of place.
My favorite is the seared Tuna and Arugla salad. I don't like to be overloaded with ingredients and I definitely don't do processed food. They let you know that they use "no woks, no unhealthy fryers, no processed meat entrees, and no heavy heart-clogging sauces.
It's exciting to go somewhere that serves fresh organic food that also gives you a lot for your money...there is some presentation involved...and the music is snappy. You won't fall asleep in here. Get there about 5 minutes to 12 noon for a spot anywhere in the joint because after 12:10pm you may have to wait. Not long though...it's fun people watching until you get seated.
great mid town lunch place – 8th av and the 30ths is so raggedy, this place is a oasis. Good prices. Great crowd. Food is really good. The menu is what you would find if you were by Union Square or Soho, but not by accident since the sister restaurant and original Mooncake (I think) is in Soho.
Some cons though: ask to be light on the dressing in the salad. There is so much sometimes that you could dress your next order. Also, it's cash only, and that especially a pain if you want to order in group from the office.
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