If you happen to find yourself off of work on a weekday, (perhaps during the aftermath of a hurricane), a great local lunch deal can really help to brighten your day. While there are zillions of great individual deals out there, I find that Asian restaurants offer the best bang for your precious bucks. Of course every Chinese take-out joint offers a $5 or $6 plate with egg roll and fried rice, but since you have the time, broaden your horizons for more interesting  fare.

Two of WeCouldEat’s favrotie local Astoria lunch deals are at Watawa and Seva, which both earn Zagat food ratings of 25. Watawa is our go-to fave for delicious sushi and beautifully prepared  Japanese dishes. Their $8.50 lunch deal for miso soup, a sizable salad, and 2 rolls can’t be beat. There are about 10 choices of rolls, but we always seem to gravitate towards the shrimp tempura and the spicy crab rolls. Bonus: A third roll will only cost an extra 3 bucks. The new expanded dining room now offers a large bar, if you want to prolong the afternoon (or evening)…

Seva Indian Restaurant presents a definite contrast with its small, bustling dining room.  They are all about the flavors here. Seva’s lunch deal is just ridiculous: choice of soup, choice of 10-12 entrees, and basmati rice for only $7.50! That’s the price of a mediocre ham sandwich in Midtown. Seva is generally considered to  serve the best quality Indian fare in Astoria. The butternut squash soup I had was had deep, yet mellow flavor, and was very satisfing. The entrees selections offer half chicken & lamb selections, and half vegetarian. You can’t go wrong here with stewed vegan staples like aloo gobi matar and chana saag. Bonus: for an extra $4, split an order of their large crispy vegetable samosas. That still brings your total to under $10. Not too shabby!