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Off-Campus Dining


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very delicious healthy food, but VERY expensive.They have no student discounts!

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Living in New York City, options are plentiful. Options around the school can be expensive at times, because this is the Upper East Side and what isn't expensive here.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Its a bit of a walk to find something other than pizza and chipotle.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The food cart. thats all I have to say

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the best things near the school were the food carts and pizza places. They were a bit more affordable than the cafeteria option. It would have been nice to have more variety and affordability though.


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Since Hunter is right in the middle of Manhattan, there are a wide variety of places to eat. Unfortunately, most places are rather too expensive for college students to eat at every day. However, there are a few places such as the halal stands around Hunter and a 24-hour grocery/deli/buffet shop on 72nd and Lexington that are relatively affordable. There is also The Food Emporium that's three minutes away from Hunter, and Walgreens, which has ready-to-go meals if you are in a hurry. 

For healthy food, there is a fruit stand in front of Hunter, an Au Bon Pain store a few stops away (on the 6 train), and a Hale and Hearty store near Hunter. For those that like fast food, the closest McDonald’s or Wendy’s is on First Avenue. Around the main campus and the dorms, there’s enough variety to keep you satisfied—Indian, Thai, Italian, you name it. A number of places offer Hunter students a discount; they won’t ask you if you’re a student, though, so be ready with your ID when you pay. There are many places to eat at in and around Hunter; however, a lot of them tend to be slightly expensive, and it takes a while for one to decide which restaurants and stores are in your price range or offer the types of food you enjoy.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Cosmos Diner
  • Yaffa Café
Best Asian
Ginza Sushi
Best Breakfast
Hunter Delicatessen
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Crumbs
Best Healthy
Yaffa Café
Best Late-Night
Phoebe's Café
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Mariella Pizza
Best Wings
Rodeo Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Serendipity 3
Other Places to Check Out
  • 2 Brothers Pizza
  • Alice's Tea Cup
  • Atomic Wings
  • Cafetasia
  • Casa Bella Restaurant
  • Chevy's Fresh Mex
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • The Food Emporium
  • Hale and Hearty
  • Jamba Juice
  • Land Thai Kitchen
  • Lilli and Loo
  • Little Thai Kitchen
  • McDonald's
  • Pastafina Restaurant
  • Phoenix
  • Ray's Pizza
  • Red Lobster
  • Sea Restaurant
  • Subway
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
  • The area on Lexington Avenue from about 28th to 33rd streets, only a 10-minute walk from the dorms, is known as Curry Hill because of the abundance of Indian restaurants.
  • Publications such as The Village Voice come out with "Cheap Eats" guides to the city each year, perfect for college students.
  • Every year, around mid-September, Little Italy experiences the Feast of San Gennaro. It's all the sausage and cannolis you can handle.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Dagostino Supermarket
578 Third Ave.
(212) 972-4892
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Gristedes Supermarket
512 Second Ave. & 29th St.
(212) 725-6440
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Agra Indian & Pakistan
Food: Indian
807 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 308-8281
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Only six blocks from campus; window seat overlooks Lexington Avenue
America's Burgers & Wraps
Food: Burgers and wraps
1159 Third Ave., Uptown
(212) 628-0740
Price: $5-$10
Burger Heaven
Food: Burgers, diner, coffeeshop
804 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 838-3580
Price: $5-$10
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1153 Third Ave.
(917) 475-9280
Price: $5-$10
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
253 W. 42nd St.
(212) 398-1882
Price: $5-$10
Cosmos Diner
Food: Diner
395 Second Ave., Downtown
(212) 679-1290
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Wi-Fi service
Food: Bakery
1379 Third Ave.
(212) 794-9800
Price: $5-$10
Curry in a Hurry
Food: Indian
119 Lexington Ave., Downtown
(212) 683-0900
Price: $8-$15
Eat Here Now
Food: Diner, coffeeshop
839 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 751-0724
Price: $5-$10
Ginza Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese, sushi
800 Lexington Ave.
(212) 888-7898
Price: $10-$25
Hunter Delicatessen
Food: Deli
966 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 439-7758
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Named after the school
Mariella Pizza
Food: Pizza
180 E. Third Ave.
(212) 777-1220
Price: $2-$8
Murray's Falafel & Grill
Food: Middle Eastern, kosher
261 First Ave., Downtown
(212) 533-1956
Price: $5-$10
Neil's Coffee Shop
Food: Diner, coffee
961 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 628-7474
Price: $3-$10
Phoebe's Café
Food: American
323 Graham Ave.
(718) 599-3218
Price: $8-$15
Rodeo Bar
Food: Mexican, Southwestern, barbeque
375 Third Ave., Downtown
(212) 683-6500
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Live music
Serendipity 3
Food: American, diner, coffee, desserts, bakery
225 E. 60th St., Uptown
(212) 838-3531
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Their frozen hot chocolates are famous.
Shake Shack
Food: Bakery, burgers, desserts, hot dogs
Madison Square Park at 23rd St. and Madison Ave., Downtown
(212) 889-6600
Price: $3-$7
Cool Features: Outdoor seating
Food: Coffee, tea
1128 Third Ave.
(212) 472-6535
Price: $5-$10
Viang Ping
Food: Thai
210 E. 23rd St., Downtown
(212) 481-8616
Price: $5-$10
World Cup Café
Food: Coffeeshop, sandwiches, smoothies, vegetarian options
956 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 717-6888
Price: $5-$10
Wrap N Run
Food: Deli, sandwiches
788 Lexington Ave., Uptown
(212) 888-7781
Price: $5-$10
Yaffa Café
Food: Health food, vegetarian
97 Saint Marks Pl. #A, Downtown
(212) 674-9302
Price: $10-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 154 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 166 responses

  • 40% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 10% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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