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World Financial Center - am I truly screwed?

So I work at the World Financial Center now. The food options are poor at best. About the best things I can find to eat are salads at Cosi (with the accompanying strangely crack-like cardboard bread) and smoothies at Elixir.

Is there any hope???

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  1. I live on the East side by the Seaport and used to work near Exchange/Wall (better than WFC for lunch but not great) and in WTC. I know your pain. At least you can have Financier for breakfast :) Have you done a search of this Board? This lunch downtown question seems to come up fairly often. Maybe kobe will have some suggestions?

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    1. re: financialdistrictresident

      i did a search and didn't find much. financier and the raw bar at pj clarke's. sadly i don't think i can subside on oysters and illy coffee. :( you know it's bad when one of your partners takes the ferry over to hoboken for lunch.

      i used to live over by the seaport too. there were a couple good things over there: zaitzeff's hamburgers, and some southeast asian place on fulton and gold.

      i was kind of hoping someone would enlighten us all with a secret hole in the wall on south end or something ...

      1. re: krunkymunky

        For good takeout Chinese, go to Ho Yip on LIberty St across from the WTC site (corner of Church). There's a steam table, but order from the lines where you can get more authentic dishes. In my opinion, they have some of the best roast pork I've ever had (I usually order it with asparagus, broccoli or string beans).

        1. re: krunkymunky

          So you are basically screwed . . . Funny I was going to suggest Hoboken! Maybe that's why he/she is partner? Maybe the thai salad at Donald Sacks? That was a decent (not really cheap though, if budget is an issue) lunch place. My former manager took me there for lunch on my first day when I worked in 1 WTC.

          Check out edcmeals.com, they do order/delivery all over downtown (beware many of their restaurants are chains!). Lilis and Liberty View are okay Chinese.

      2. cant go wrong with a hot wrap at the merril lynch cafeteria.

        1. Hm, for the most part you are screwed...:)
          There's a seafood/italian restaurant at the Seaport that's good...Carmine's.
          There's Lenny's for sandwiches and Carl's for cheesesteaks..There's also a Les Halles (love this place) on John Street (15).

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          1. re: kcijones001

            Those places are all on the East side . . a little far for lunch if you are on the West side in the WFC. Respectfully disagree re: Les Halles, service is inconsistent (please advise if this situation has improved, though I have given them so many chances). Lenny's probably delivers.

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              i cant say much about les halles down there even thought I suggested it..The one i go to is on Park and I love it...the food that is.

          2. Alfanoose for Middle Eastern food at 8 Maiden Ln. (not sure if that is too far for you)

            1. Been in the WFC for more than a year. You will find yourself basically screwed, and lunch for you will consist of energy rather than food, much of the time. There are a few good places without crossing Broadway, if you head south. There are two spots I like on Greenwich, Caracello for a fancier sit down lunch, is decent red sauce Italian, and there is a Mexican place south of it who's name I forget. Crossing Broadway gets you some more options, but most of those options are not that great either.

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              1. re: Captain

                There are tons at South Street Seaport, Carmine's, Meade's, Acqua, Buon Amice, Carmine's, Stella Maris, Nelson Blue, a Japanese place I forget the name of, Salud, and tons on Fulton Street.

                1. re: bronwen

                  bronwen, all good suggestions. The Seaport is quite a hike for lunch if you are in the WFC (far West). I did the trek East a few times when I worked on Exchange/Broadway and it was tough in an hour without feeling rushed. If you are in a building with security that adds more time. Maybe DELIVERY is the way to go.

                  1. re: bronwen

                    That japanese place you're thinking of is probably Suteshi.

                  2. re: Captain

                    The Mexican south of it (just south of Rector) is Tajin -- really good, really cheap, but expect a wait. They had an equally good and somewhat nicer branch on Greenwich just south of the WTC site, but they closed, much to my chagrin.

                  3. thanks for all the suggestions. i'm headed out of town starting tomorrow but i'll report back on the few west side down town possibilities that you guys have mentioned.

                    1. My favorite pizza place in the city is Friendly Gourmet Pizza on the corner of Cortlandt and Nassau. Try the sausage and pepper or the white. They're both excellent.

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                      1. re: mahalan

                        Cortlandt & Nassau don't intersect. Do you mean Maiden Lane?

                      2. you'll have to walk a bit, but there are some good places down there:

                        Adrienne's PizzaBar
                        Financier
                        Brouwers
                        Salud
                        the place formerly known as Quartino
                        Daisy May BBQ cart on Wall Street (if its still there)
                        Alfanoose
                        etc.

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                        1. re: dkstar1

                          Please note most of these are on the East side (financier is in WFC), quite a walk from WFC unless you have a long lunch. IMO the service at Adrienne's is poor and delivery is even worse. If it has improved, please advise.
                          Acqua was formerly Quartino.

                        2. There is a good italian deli on Greenwich between Chambers and Warren called Pane Peppe. It's about 4 blocks from WFC. Really good fresh sliced italian meats, and reasonably priced (most sandwiches are around $7.50). Apparently they used to run an italian grocery store in Little Italy.

                          http://www.panepeppe.com/home.html

                          1. Willing to walk as far as Tribeca? There are any number of options there. Along the Hudson there, pickings are very slim. Alfanoose is actually close enough to walk and get back to the office in an hour.

                            1. trinity place. it is across from liberty plaza, on trinity. the kobe burgers are great. the brunch is a great deal. the food is excellent and the atmosphere and service too.

                              1. There's a few good places in the Tribeca area. A little bit of a walk or a train stop at most. Bouley and Bouley Bakery are there. Salaam Bombay does a decent Indian buffet. Landmarc and Megu are also there. Oh, and Odeon. Hope that helps!