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Sit Down Lunch Spots; Financial District

kgriffin12 May 11, 2009 08:35 AM

Looking for a new spot, been to the usual suspects (Ivy, Max & Dylan's, Kingston Station, Elephant & Castle). Trying for within walking distance of Downtown Crossing, a casual place, nothing high-brow like Ruth's Chris. Any suggestions?

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    9lives May 11, 2009 08:54 AM

    Don"t you know "lunch is for wimps." ..:)


    Seriously, you've hit most of the sit down spots near the FD.

    I'd add Sakura Bana, Cafe Marliave and Sel de la Terre..which I've been to and like.

    Good Life, Umbria are both in the area; but I haven't been lately. Brandy Pete's is 1 of the oldest FD eating spots; but I haven't been in years but maybe worth trying.

    Chinatown is a short walk.

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      resipsaloquitor May 12, 2009 11:42 AM

      Is Sel de la Terre pricy? It's around the corner from where I work, at International Place, and I've wanted to try it.

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        9lives May 12, 2009 12:06 PM

        I would call it mid priced. More than a deli sandwich but less than Ruth Chris.

        I find it to be a good business lunch spot if you don't want the pricier options.


    2. hotoynoodle May 11, 2009 09:43 AM

      silvertone, sultan's kitchen, bina osteria (lunch is very reasonable there), bertucci's.

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        lergnom May 11, 2009 12:54 PM

        If you go over to Broad St, you could try Mr. Dooley's.

        1. nsenada May 11, 2009 01:07 PM

          JJ Foley's has a decent lunch, in the bar food vein.

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            danielle May 11, 2009 01:30 PM

            The Vault does good salads/ sandwiches and is reasonably priced

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            cmd May 11, 2009 04:03 PM

            Les Zyg and Sorriso both serve lunch (though I've only been for dinner/snacks/drinks)--more upscale than a pub but certainly not fancy.

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              9lives May 11, 2009 05:04 PM

              I've had lunch at Les Zyg and enjoyed it.

              not quite sitdown but Mantra has a good traditional Indian buffet...more $ than the non FD Indian places but worthwhile if you're craving Indian food and don't have time to travel far.

              Haven't been lately and can't vouch for it....Vinalia.

            2. nsenada May 12, 2009 12:51 PM

              Forgot about Ivy on Temple Place - haven't been in a few months, but it was good and reasonably priced. I think I remember they had some decent small arancini.

              1. Suze123 May 15, 2009 09:02 AM

                Cafe Fleuri at the Langham has a tasty lunch, but can be pricey (depending on the order). Good for a business lunch.

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