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Jury Duty Tomorrow---HELP?

Just found out I have jury duty way downtown tomorrow (I don't check my snailmail box as often as I should, apparently). Any viable Chow options in the vicinity of the courthouse? (Chinatown is fair game but alternate cuisines in striking distance are equally -- and warmly-- appreciated). Thanks!

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  1. Doyers Vietnam is a decent standby

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    1. re: Simon

      Thanx Simon, but as I'm not familiar with the area, might you have an address and/or website for me?

      1. Forloni's is one of the classic "lawyer's haunts" down by the courts. Its an old-school red-sauce italian joint located in Chinatown (used to be little italy before Chinatown spread). Not sure exactly where though, its been a while. I'd say its beyond the park that's across from the new Federal Court house and behind 80 Center (the Louis J Lefkowitz building). (yes, I am a lawyer).

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        1. re: elecsheep9

          93 Baxter, behind 100 Center Street, one block south of Canal, highly recm'd

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            I ate at Forlini's with my lawyer after a court date, and I have to say it was just barely alright. Last spring I had jury duty and ate at Joe's Shanghai the first two days (it's on Pell, a few doors in from East Broadway), and then when I was picked to be on an actual jury and was assigned to the courthouse on West Broadway, I ate at Le Petite Abeille, bought bread at Bouley Bakery and had a FANTASTIC and cheap burger at Nancy Whiskey's.

            1. re: ballulah

              I ate there during a trial and ordered grilled salmon, seemingly the safest thing on the menu and didn't eat it after the first bite as it was bad.......truly awful---some lawyers are total creatures of habit - it is the only way to explain how that hoary old place stays in business. Love Joe's Shanghai and also really love Dim Sum Go Go, especially on week days when there are no crowds - have the shrimp and scallion steamed dumplings!

        2. I'd suggest coffee and pastries from Bouley Bakery and then consider going back for a sandwich at lunch. You could also check out Blaue Gans. They usually have a prix fixe lunch that includes soup - good for a cold day like today.

          1. When i had jury duty, i found this amazing spot downtown called zaitzeff. it's at the corner of nassau and john and it's excellent. I went both days. It made being there worthwhile.

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              1. re: lightboxnyc

                Zaitzeff is very good. A sandwich place (upscale burgers too), great sweet potato fries. A bit pricey, but lots of organics. Small space with community tables. NOT as close to the courthouse as Forlini's and Pongrsi Thai (on Bayard). Both are popular with the court workers and are right around the corner from each other. Been going to Pongrsi long before Thai was trendy and popular, they have a luncheon special. Try some of the other Vietnamese/Malaysian haunts mentioned in the other posts. Sad to say VP3 on Mott is now gone.

              2. Highly recommend Excellent Dumpling House...on Lafayette I believe. Cheap, classic Chinatown vibe, quick, and Tasty. Ate there several times during my 3-week stint on a jury a few months back.

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                1. re: randymac88

                  Though I'm glad you liked it, I have to disagree. I'd sooner go to Marco Polo Noodle House on Baxter (though I haven't been to either place in some time). I've never been impressed with Excellent Dumpling House, and I'd also observe, for whatever it's worth, that when I walk by, I seldom seem to see any Chinese people eating there.

                2. Get a large hot and sour soup and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge....that's what I do and it's wonderful.

                  1. You may also want to venture over to Front Street/Peck Slip/Beekman Street. No bargains so if you are into value it may not be the best choice. If you cut through 1 Police Plaza (the short cut locals use) you can get there quickly. Buon 'Amici, Acqua (was Quartino), a brand new brick oven pasta/pizza place, a new sushi place (the grilled eggplant is amazing!), Fresh Salt (good for an inexpensive quick sandwich), Meade's, local pubs like The Paris and Jeremy's, etc. And there is Jack's Coffee.

                    1. You really should tell us which court you will be in; there are several in different locations.

                      1. I've never had any problem with the food at Excellent Dumpling House. I used to eat there regularly when I worked in the area and still visit occasionally. Consistent quality on what I go there for...noodle soup.

                        1. I would go to Nha Trang on Baxter or Centre Street, can't remember which one I ate at but it was a great jury duty lunch. Also New Green Bo on Bayard was also very good.

                          1. If you like Asian or Viet, I would also second Nha Trang. So close and very good. Pongsiri is pretty good Thai. For dimsum, go to 9 Chatham Sq

                            1. I've been on a jury for 2 weeks now on Thomas & W.Broadway - SUPREME COURT - CIVIL cases........

                              Bouley Bakery - corner West B'way & Duane - Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soup, salad, etc. Nice eating spot upstairs. Good food.

                              Bon Bon Chicken - Chambers b/w B'way & Church - check what I wrote about my visit - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/369754

                              Sophie's Cuban Cuisine - right next to Bon Bon. Cuban/Latin food, cafeteria style. Hearty & delicious!

                              Tribeca Treats - Reade St b/w West B'way & Church - homemade cupcakes, cookies, chocolates. Not cheap, but excellent Pastry work. S'mores cookie kicks butt.

                              Hoi An - Vietnamese - West B''way b/w Duane & Thomas - had some ok Summer & Spring Rolls. Did take-out b/c they get filled up fast. Ate in Jury lunch area.

                              Will try the PAKISTAN TEA HOUSE soon after seeing their oven today & the fresh breads.

                              All the usual suspects - chains, deli's, etc are also a dime a dozen. Just walk around during your break.

                              1. What about the Vietnamese place with Pasteur in the name? I had a nice lunch there when I served. It's really close to the courts.