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For those who work in UnionSq/WVil- where do you grab a quick lunch?

I am terrible about bringing my lunch to work, and I am just as terrible about thinking creatively at lunchtime.

Stand-bys include Whole Foods, Chipotle, the falafel place on 12th and Univ, 'witchcraft.

What are your thoughts?

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  1. You can always go to republic.

    1. My favorites when I worked there were Havana Central, Mandlers (but closed for renovation--GO when it opens), Mecca, Tisserie, and Max Brenners. OH! And the Chat & Chow... so good!

      1. I just found a great dumpling house on 8th street and Broadway. The place is brand new and very nice. Food is great as well most importantly

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        1. re: BrooklynKing

          Do you mean Rickshaw Dumpling Bar? I think it's been there for awhile. Dumplings are okay, but you should try the ones at TKettle a few blocks east at St. Marks between 3rd and 2nd! Delish.

          I go to Mahmoun's or Hummus Place on MacDougal if I need to run out and grab something quick - both very good, especially Hummus Place's spread. I really like to sit in at Rhong-Tiam for good Thai, and I do takeout from Galanga and SEA. If you're near Union Square, Spice is good, no? Their lunch takeout takes forever though, I've had to wait an hour and a half for my food to come. I do the walk to Whole Foods as well, if I have time. Angelica's, the coffee shop on Bleeker between Broadway and Lafayette has a really standout split pea and ham soup - everything else is just okay.

          I often go to the little sandwich place on the island at Lafayette/Bleeker called Bite - they are really good and fresh and have great sandwiches and salads. Since Crosby Connection moved to Mott near Houston, I haven't been going as frequently, but I should go more...

          And there's always Stand at 11th (12th?) for burgers.

          1. re: nyc.girl

            i just discovered rickshaw on 8th street as well.
            i think they have another one on 23rd street.
            i get the chicken and thai basil dumpling and when i am feeling fancy i get the peking duck...duck-licious.

            1. re: nyc.girl

              Bite also has a location on 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd that may be geographically closer.

              My friend tells me that Rhong-Tiam has a different chef for lunch, not the one that's been getting all the accolades.

          2. i almost always bring my lunch, but if i forget or don't feel like brown-bagging it or whatever:

            japanese salad bar/rice balls - ennju (17th btw 5th/bway)
            oxtail stew or roti - terry's gourmet deli (6th ave @ 16th)
            japanese croquettes/katsu/wings - tebaya (19th btw 6th/7th)
            korean - manna (18th btw bway/park ave s; i usually just get the kim bob because i hate spending over $7ish for lunch)
            sandwiches made to order - garden of eden (5th @ 14th st)
            vietnamese-style pork chop lunch special - l'annam (13th & university place; note: most of their food is terrible, but this dish is inexplicably great)

            if i'm feeling quite wealthy, i'll get catfish and veggies from city bakery (18th btw 5th/6th) although it's absurdly pricey and the clientele is a nightmare.

            1. Maoz on USE is good, but if you want falafel and can walk for 5 minutes, go to Taim on Waverly at 7th Ave S (btw, I don't care for the place you mentioned, Olympic Pita, although it is always busy). The Grey Dog on University is good and they have some very sinful goodies for dessert. There are also some quicky Asian places on University - L'Annan, Saigon, Spice.

              1. I know it's a chain but Goldent Krust has great jerk chicken patties with cocoa bread

                1. I can't believe no one's mentioned Uncle Moe's! Really great tacos and SF-Mex, extremely cheap for certain things. Sometimes I pick up a baked potato from Totally Baked (the creamed spinach with asiago and frizzled leeks is my fave). The fresh mozarella pizza at Bravo pizza (19th and 5th) is surprisingly good when you really need a slice.

                  And Cafe Medina is completely fabulous. From first appearances it seems like any of the other delis and prepared foods places in the area, but when you order you'll see the difference. It's a little like City Bakery food without the City Bakery pretension. And the soups are delicious, they taste like real people made them.

                  When I have a burger craving I order delivery from the bar at Angelo and Maxie's. After much experimentation and ordering over the years, I've found they have the best delivered burger in the area.

                  For sushi craving days I go for Mizu sushi on 20th and Broadway...but if Yama (on 17th and Irving) delivered I would order from them everyday.

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                  1. re: ballulah

                    Ennju for sushi and japanese stuff, Medina for soup and their prepared foods bar is great, I like Do Sirak for Korean (very mellow and good food), and Maoz also. Sometimes I get spring rolls and a small soup from Saigon but it's not that great.

                    1. re: bolletje

                      Ok, now I am NEVER going to bring my lunch again. Fabulous suggestions!

                      I'll add one more- the tiny little French-Japanese bakery on 13th b/t Fifth and University. For $10 you can get a baguette sandwich with soup or salad, and you can sit in their lovely little upstairs dining room.

                    2. re: ballulah

                      I'm going to amend my burger recommendation... I just had one delivered from Stand for the first time, and it was hands down one of the best burgers I've ever had. My vegetarian friend got the veggie burger and she said it was one of the best veggie burgers she's had as well. Top marks. And cheap for the area! ($12 for the "lunch pack"... a classic burger, fries and a can of soda.)

                    3. And once in awhile, you should join all of the others and sit at the bar at Union Square and have a burger

                      1. if you have time you can walk over to the chelsea market on 9th and 16th st. a bit expensive, but there are some suprisingly good finds.

                        1. Toasties USW you can order online and you get a discount after an already inexpensive meal. Veggi chaser combo is great bc I am a vegan but so is the Mozz delight and Sgt. Sweet Pepper combo. They are about $6.50 a pop. Regular sandwiches are only about 4.75 and they have combo meals, desserts, smoothies, create your own salad etc. Great deal and good meal.