Details: Located at 696 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017. Official site is http://www.696gourmetdeli.net/
696 Gourmet Deli is the best place to get cheap eats within a five block radius. I haven’t found another place as cheap with as decent of quality in the area.
They serve breakfast and lunch here. They have salads, soups, sandwiches, and a hot food buffet. A bacon egg and cheese sandwich is about four dollars. A hot plate of food gives you your choice or protein with two sides for a little over nine dollars after tax. Certain items on the hot lunch change while some stay the same. I’ve had the baked chicken, brisket, and roast pork. All of it was really good, especially considering the average price of food in the neighborhood. The portions were also good. If you come by between the hours of 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, you can get a bottle of water or a bag of chips free with your hot food.
Overall, this place is great and is my go-to place for a relatively cheap, filling lunch. The only problem is that the food is pretty heavy, which usually means a drowsy afternoon at work after eating here.