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Sep 26, 2007 07:47 AM

Good Places To Have Lunch In SOHO?

I recently started a new job in SOHO (Grand and Broadway) and I would love to get some recommendations as to where I should go for lunch. So far I have not really enjoyed the restaurants and deli stores that I have been to. Any help would be great because I could really use a delicious lunch for a change.

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  1. DespaƱa is terrific. Great Spanish sandwiches and a few prepared items. Cendrillon also has a lunch menu, though I've only been for dinner.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Cendrillon??????? is there a new Cendrillon? The one I knew was Romy's place that closed and he is now at Purple Yam in Brooklyn.
      Despana has the best hand sliced ham, anywhere!
      Mooncake is a good lunch place.
      Aqua Grill is good.
      I'm not sure if Kittichai is open for lunch but worth a try.
      12 chairs is great for Sunday Brunch , don't know what's up during the week.
      Ed's Lobster is near Broadway and Grand. Not sure if they open for lunch , but i think so. Not sure about Osteria Morini but worth a try
      cross Canal and go to Cercle Rouge. or Greenwich Grill

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        This post is from 2007. Cendrillon is still closed.

    2. Agreed that Despana is fantastic -- my personal favorite! Interesting food items to browse while your sandwich is being prepared. Quality ingredients on ciabatta from Sullivan St. Bakery. And the tortilla espanola is fairly authentic (the smell hits you right when you walk in)...

      Another great place is Hoomoos Asli, kind of catty-corner from Despana; I think it's on Kenmare? Great falafel and schawarma, as well as something they call a "health sandwich" -- sauteed eggplant, sliced hardboiled egg, hummus, and some ingredients I'm forgetting. Good, chewy pitas.

      Balthazar is also fairly close to you, though I don't know if that's what you're looking for. Very bustling, "Soho NY" kind of scene, lots of tourists but the food is decent and worth a try.

      If you've got some time to take a walk, though, there's always Chinatown...might be too much of a walk to squeeze in if you've only got an hour for lunch, but lots of tasty (and cheap) finds there.

      1. P.S. Forgot to mention La Esquina, right next to Hoomoos Asli, which has good soft tacos (haven't tried anything else). And Eileen's Cheesecake is right there too...

        1. Not sure what you tried and didn't like, or what you're looking for, but I love Broome Street Bar, at Broome and West Broadway. Quick, decent burgers and sandwiches. Nice folks, and window seats to watch the parade passing by.

          1. The Calexico cart on Wooster and Prince is great!