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Jun 20, 2009 01:37 PM

New lunch options (present and future) in FiDi

Hunting down tasty food in FiDi can feel limiting, so it's always interesting when new options open up. We walked by Swich, a new pressed sandwich place on Maiden, the other day and gave it a try. Overall: interesting sandwich combinations and not bad, taste-wise. We had the Trojan Horse (ground lamb sandwich on focaccia) and Thanksgiving Every Day (roasted turkey, of course, on cranberry pecan bread). It was a bit hit-or-miss with the seasoning (the lamb sandwich was a tad undersalted and the gravy in the Thanksgiving was pretty salty), but definitely better than a lot of other sandwiches we've had in the area and big flavors with potential. The housemade chips, potato or sweet potato, are a nice touch. Note: the big sandwich flavors can overwhelm the somewhat delicate-tasting chips; they're better enjoyed separately.

Also: Klatch has closed, a former FiDi institution, and signs now show that Baoguette will be moving in (also on Maiden). Looking forward to their banh mi and vietnamese coffee!

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  1. I work there two, and have my routine which is varied. Gloria's Mexican Food Truck is back - on Nassau, just at Cedar. YUMMY tacos. Have you been to Bread & Olive on John St (between Nassau and Bway)? Great Middle Eastern. And I'm always a fan of Ruben's Empanadas - they have two FiDi locations. Are you looking for sit-down places?

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    1. re: BabsNYC

      Thanks for the suggestions. Yummy tacos in this area would be a great find! We'll definitely try that out next week. We usually head to Alfanoose for our Middle Eastern, but if you think that Bread & Olive is better, then we'll give that a try, too.

      1. re: plantainsandkimchi

        Working in the area, have happily discovered Swich. Agree on their unique and flavorful sandwiches, in particular Trojan horse and the hippie chickā€”on raisin bread with chicken that is far better than your standard skinless boneless rubber. Pita Express on Ann St, near Broadway has incredible and cheap falafel; Soma on William between Fulton and John is decent for to go sushi and Korean food. Will have to try the Mexican food truck, but would love to get some other food truck recommendations for the area.

        1. re: colfaxBee

          Veronica's cart is on Front near the waterfall and before you get to FedEx.

      1. IMHO, Klatch was hardly an institution. It was a popular coffee shop with an owner who didn't charge enough and was impacted by the endless construction downtown.

        Delmonico's, The Bridge Cafe, Carmine's are institutions . . .

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