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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.

  1. Peter Cuce 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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      AimeeD 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.

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        alwm 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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          Simon May 13, 2005 11:26 AM

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

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            LaurenCat 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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              shasha 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 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 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 May 12, 2005 06:29 PM

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

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