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Casual Soho Lunch

cb May 12, 2005 02:33 PM

Any recommendations for someplace casual to get lunch in Soho? Going to Pilates tomorrow in Tribecca with a friend, and we usually go to the West Village to have lunch. Tomorrow we're going to wander through SoHo for a bit, and we might grab a bite to eat.
Obviously we won't be dressed for a place like Balthazar, so any other lunch places would be greatly appreciated.

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    shasha RE: cb May 12, 2005 02:50 PM

    Snack is great, on thompson between prince and spring, cute little place with delicious marinated veggie and meat sandwiches, salads, etc

    Once upon a tart, I think on sullivan between prince and houston--there is take out and also a cafe (I like the tomato tarte but the sandwiches are great too)

    malumpos--great italian sandwiches (but only take out)

    I love balthazar always

    Fanelli's is great old bar/burger place

    Blue Ribbon Bakery on Downing and bedford is great

    Inos for panini, on bedford between downing and 6th

    I'm sure I'm forgetting something

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      Leah RE: shasha May 12, 2005 03:28 PM

      Cafe Gitane on Prince and Mott? Mulberry? A bit east of Soho but it is worth it. Get the fizzy lemonade!

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        shasha RE: Leah May 12, 2005 03:48 PM

        Also Rice on Mott between prince and spring is DELICIOUS...I like to get the beef salad with black rice

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          carcrash RE: shasha May 12, 2005 06:29 PM

          I would add Bread for sit-down and Olive's for take-out.

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      LaurenCat RE: cb May 12, 2005 07:24 PM

      Try Boom on Spring Street. http://www.barcrawler.com/boom.html. I've been going there for years. They're relaxed, always nice, and the food is great!

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        Simon RE: cb May 13, 2005 11:26 AM

        Jerry's on Prince St. between Mercer and Greene...

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          alwm RE: cb Jul 21, 2006 03:10 AM

          Aroma Espresso Bar (160 Wooster but on Houston) has terrific salads. They're huge and around $7. The bread and coffee is good and the sandwiches and all-day breakfast and bourekas look great. The place is airy, bright and modern.

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            AimeeD RE: cb Jul 21, 2006 03:16 AM

            Cafe Coloniel (Houston and Elizabeth)-Brazilian. Great sandwiches and salads.
            Rialto (Elizabeth between Prince/Houston)-Casual bistro.
            Both are nice for a weekday lunch.

            1. Peter Cuce RE: cb Jul 21, 2006 03:45 AM

              Rialto's good -- nice garden too. I don't like Cafe Colonial. The place looks great, but the food never tastes as good as it looks. I also recommend Cafe Habana on Elizabeth & Prince. Get the corn and the steak or the pulled pork. I like Fanelli's, but the burger was disappointing -- not cooked to correct done-ness, and the meat didn't taste fresh.
              I'm also a Cafe Gitane fan. It's hard to get a seat, but most of the food is good, and it has a nice vibe.
              BTW, Balthazar is fine with casual dress. If that's what's holding you back, don't worry about it. It is a lot more crowded for lunch on end-of-week days, though.

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