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Great Lunch Place on a Budget in tribeca?

Hello All, this is my inaugural posting, and I felt inspired to post since being wowed by the quality and know-how of the responses on the Manhattan boards. Here is the deal, I am a New York Law School student( slanderous humor is welcome btw...) and I have just started my first year. Now, I know of the many venerable places in Tribeca, but I am looking for a different kind of place. My school is on worth street between church and west Broadway, I am looking for some tasty and affordable lunch spots in the immediate area. I have already tried the Pakistani tea house, and a very packed Cuban place right off church ( cannot recall the name), please enlighten me with all of your suggestions since I have three years to explore all these places, please fell free to be voluminous. In a slightly related story, I am a Queens native and love the amount of discussion regarding Queens places on these boards because I believe Queens is really a diamond in the culinary rough...thanks ahead of time

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  1. i like Walker's. It has pretty good food and you won't break the bank.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        i havent been but there's that bon ton korean fried chicken place on chambers off church.

        kitchenette on chambers, bubbys on hudson, walkers rules of course.

        its not the best option for lunch time but its a great area obviously.

        1. South's is fun... burger's, mac & cheese... I think it's actually considered southern food. anyway, it's cozy, relaxed, and looks like an average bar.

            1. Try Delphi on W. Broadway & Reade for a souvlaki sandwich/gyro.

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              1. re: Desidero

                Yup - Trebeca is tough on a budget. 'Wichcraft is a great option for delicious sandwiches (including the best homemade ice cream sandwiches). Cornerstone Grill has great fried chicken. Excellent Dumplings has decent cheap dumpies. Landmarc is not horribly expensive for burgers and sandwiches or a fast salad and the food is great.

                1. re: Stickies

                  One of my favorite sandwich places in the city, Columbine, is down there. Prices similar to 'wichcraft but a lot more food. Try the roast chicken sandwich.

                  Cafe Clementine
                  227 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              2. Agree with all of the previous posts, especially Walkers -- great burgers. For good sandwiches and soups, try Columbine on W Broadway (a few blocks North of Worth), and Bazzini, which is on Greenwhich and Jay. Both are pretty much take-out places, but are both excellent.


                Any Queens rec's??

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                1. re: Hungry Esquire

                  Thanks so much for all of your helpful suggestion, I now have a lot of leads to go on, and a lot of places to try!

                  1. re: NYLSer

                    You may also want to try Province Chinese Canteen a few blocks north on Walker & Church. They dress up Chinese bings (meat-filled, seeded buns) with quality grilled meats and pickled veggies. The end result is a savory spoiled stepbrother to a banh-mi, with slightly more variety and a much less crusty casing. They'll run you 4-6 bucks a pop, and 2 usually make for a filling meal.

                    1. re: CalJack

                      Second Province. Also, at the World Financial Center there is PJ Clark. They have lunch special with slider for $2 each and hog dog $4. Burger lunch with soda and chips (?) is only $9.

                      Then there is Financier with some gourmet sandwiches and panini, and great pastries! Callo Bella is also located inside so you can have gelato for dessert!

                      The entire WFC has WiFi access so you can spend an afternoon doing school work or study there.

                  2. re: Hungry Esquire

                    A place almost no one knows in Queens and one that I strongly recommend is Il Toscano, it is a delicious albeit a bit pricey Italian place, it is really top notch!

                  3. Spaghetti Western - nothing amazing, but decent and fresh Italian food, and friendly service
                    Sun Cafe - best bang-for-the-buck maki rolls and sashimi in the area.
                    Kitchenette - go with the specials, or else it adds up.
                    Burritoville - love this chain! Get a frequent burrito card!
                    Mudville 9 - for wings 'n' beer 'n' a party-hardy time!
                    Reade Street Pub - good burgers and fries.
                    Edwards - You can stare at Odeon and Bouley while you eat decent sandwiches.
                    Mangez Avec Moi (Thai)

                    If you don't mind places like Pakistani Tea House, try Bengal Curry on West B'way. Typical "steam table" Indian, and they need the business.

                    1. On lafayette between walker and canal is Wing Wong for chinese. Nha Trang is on centre street between walker and white. I also used to do Sophies cuban on chamber street.

                      1. Always love Sophie's on Chambers and Bon Bon Chicken right next door. The Gee Whiz Diner on the corner of Greenwich and (Park Pl?) has tons of options and not too expensive.

                        1. Also, there's a Thai place called 35 Restaurant on Lispenard and Church (right by the new Colombe coffee shop). I've been meaning to check it out but supposedly it has great lunch specials. You can choose an appetizer and an entree from their menu for 7.95. I've heard it's not bad. Worth checking it.

                          1. Hey, this a great post. I just started working at 220 church and I have no idea where there is good quality food. Also, if you're ever looking for a lunch companion, I just started and I don't really know many people in the area (and my work mates don't seem that interested). ~~kk

                            1. I think Worth Cafe, between Broadway and Lafayette, is a big step up from the other delis in the area. They have a really nice, fresh-tasting food bar of cold prepared foods with a middle eastern slant (tabbouleh, hummous and pita, chickpea salad, grape leaves as well as less region-specific dishes like orzo, barley salad, brussels sprouts). The rest of the fare (panini, hot food bar, etc) looks like pretty standard NY deli-fare, but I can't say for sure because I can never get past that delicious cold food bar! I recommend it for when you're in a hurry and just want to grab something light and flavorful. Their lentil soup is decent as well.

                              1. For anyone reading this thread now _ Delphi, the Greek place on West Broadway, has closed. It's true that the sandwiches at Bazzini are good. I was underwelmed at Kitchenette recently but I probably ordered the wrong thing (jerk pork tenderloin.) Gee Whiz is pretty much like every other diner. Good-sized portions for the money.