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  • cb May 12, 2005 02:33 PM
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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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  1. 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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    1. re: shasha

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

      1. re: Leah

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

        1. re: shasha

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

    2. 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!

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

        1. 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.

          1. 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. 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.