I spent years--most of the 90s, working in mid-town and now I am back. There used to be a little Jewish deli on 45th and 2nd where you could get a bowl of kasha varniskas with gravy for $4. For those of you who don't know, kasha varnishkas are buckwheat groats, onions and bowtie noodles. And delicious.
In any event, the little joint that sold them is gone now. A fast-food place is there in its stead. It prompted me to write this:
Fitting them into haiku
BTW, here is a recipe from the Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/dining/221mrex.html