Cheap Eats around Wall Street? $5-$10 picks?
I am starting a new job on Wall Street and I need some good cheap eats palces in the area. I am not familiar with the area at all. My current job is near Chinatown so I am spoiled by all of the $5 meals on Baxter Street! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
In front of Liberty Park there is a Stage Door Deli that makes generous and cheap deli-style sandwiches. Yip's (locations on Water and on William/Nassau) have a very cheap lunch buffet. The halal cart in front of Deutsche is phenomenal. For a bit more, you can get Daisy May's BBQ in front of Federal Hall. L&M Hawaiian on Fulton, Zeytuna's on John/William and the restaurants on Exchange should give you even more variety.
Not a fan of L&M. Zeytuna had a nice tuna nicoise salad (might be a touch over $10) and the outdoor cafe. Financier is the only tolerable pastry shop downtown (Stone, William near the Federal Reserve), I've never been for lunch. Zaitzeff is great but pricey (super fresh, lots of organic). I like Mangia but unless you order carefully it's pricey (but good). Country Kebab on Fulton is good, not sure about prices. Alfanoose is less. If you want to walk over to Front Street Barbarini might be $10 or less, very fresh. Table Tales on Water is my favorite (sandwiches for $7.50-$7.95), but pushing the $10 range. Meade's on Peck Slip and Water has a grilled hanger steak with bleu cheese on bread for $9. Fresh Salt on Beekman has a decent eggplant sandwich for $7. There's a Cosi (chain). DoDo organic chicken salad is $10 (Peck Slip and South Street), doable depending where on Wall Street you are. It was too far for me when I worked on Broadway & Exchange. DoDo also has a lunch club. The options near my old office on Bdwy & Exchange were really sad. Bin 220 on Front has lunch now, there was a negative post on this site so you might want to add it to your SKIP list. But then I'm not a Bin 220 fan.
Well, there is virtually nothing for $5, so yea, you are spoiled by Chinatown. I rotate between
1) Pretty much anything from Pret-a-Manger.
2) Financier sandwiches or salads
3) Zeytuna kebabs
If I feel special - a Zaitzeff burger and fries, or one from Ulysses.
Welcome to food wasteland.
Don't forget Alfanoose on Maiden Lane for some middle eastern fare!
Bennie's Thai on Fulton and Seh Ja Meh (Korean) has very affordable lunch specials.
Smorgas Chef (Scandanavian) also has lunch special less than $10 and they deliver (check website online).