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Varick and Canal?

dschube Feb 17, 2009 09:10 AM

My company is relocating downtown. Any suggestions for lunches in the new neighborhood -- Varick Street at Canal?

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    windycity Feb 18, 2009 10:51 AM

    Mooncake as mentioned above - the only good place I've found with lunch just under $10. My faves are the steak plate and the chicken buckwheat noodles.

    Aquagrill on 6th and spring - even good for take out - I like the salmon BLT sandwich.

    Snack NYC on Thompson for really delicious, filling and flavorful Greek food.

    Peep does a good prix fixe $8 lunch with appetizer and entree.

    When I get a hankering for pho, I walk across Broome to Mott and eat at Pho Bang.

    My coworkers like Grandaisy Bakery on Thompson for a light lunch - they have thin "pizzas"

    This area is not good for cheap lunches and more restaurants are closing. I need to start bringing my own lunch!

    PS: Avoid Hiroko's Cafe. It looks cute but it is incredibly bland and tasteless.

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      eeee Feb 17, 2009 05:20 PM

      Definitely Mooncake. I also like Aurora which is a short walk away on Broome Street for something a bit nicer/sitdown. Grandaisy Bakery is close by if you want to pick up a few slices of pizza. Trigo, the new bistro, is close by and open for breakfast through dinner.

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        chow_gal Feb 17, 2009 12:52 PM

        I bet you work for Edelman. I was in that building for two years and lunch options are not fun. Ordered in from Walkers (cob salad) and Columbine (good sandwiches) a lot. Sosaborella for great sandwiches.

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        1. re: chow_gal
          Sugar Feb 17, 2009 01:25 PM

          i work at Hudson and Varick...not great for lunch unless you don't mind a 10-minute walk...then you can hit Chinatown, of course, or futher down Varick you get into a lot of places that serve the nearby Citigroup building.

          Jin Market is your basic deli/supermarket that makes good sandwiches. It's probably 5 or 6 blocks south on Varick, red awning.

          Sosa Borella is now called Estancia...but still good.

          Bazzini's is good too, but again pretty far down on Hudson.

        2. thew Feb 17, 2009 10:25 AM

          this is the kind of search that yelp excels at.
          this link is for a 4 block radius:

          im rarely in the 'hood at lunchtime, so the only specific recs i could give are for dinner, but they may also work as lunch

          cupping room
          lucky strike
          broome st bar

          more upscale - may not have lunch:

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          1. re: thew
            dawnfawn Feb 17, 2009 11:51 AM

            Bistro Les Amis

          2. l
            lanadai Feb 17, 2009 09:52 AM

            moon cake foods, cafe noir

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