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Jury Duty 09

I don't see a recent post about where to eat lunch during jury duty. The inevitable is approaching and mealtime can be a bright spot in a dreary day. Any suggestions? I'm open to anything nearby and good. I love Malaysian.

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  1. I just had the pleasure of serving for Jury Duty. I had lunch at Bouley Upstairs and Landmarc. Honestly I wish I had picked something other than Bouley. I ordered a lobster salad. Way over dressed, the supremed citrus was covered in pith. I also had a creme brulee and a bottle of water and spent about 50$. A waste of $. Good luck.

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      1. re: trixareforkids

        I haven't had lunch at Bouley Upstairs, but I really like Bouley Market or whatever they're calling the takeout space next door, for lunch. The sandwiches are generous with good ingredients, even if they're not made to order, and the seating is convenient if you're escaping court. The sweets, pastries, and coffee are all very good, too.

        Nha Trang (87 Baxter) is a standby for Vietnamese, and even thought it is far from charming, I like Tasty Dumpling (54 Mulberry) for the hot and sour soup as well as the dumplings (but not the shrimp ones). Another nearby option that's less likely to turn up on the chinatown posts is Farinella Pizza (90 Worth), which has delicious and interesting slices of thin crust pizza as well as good coffee.

      2. get a Bahn Mi sandwich from one of the original Chinatown places that had them before the recent craze.

        1. for very good Vietnamese, try Pho Viet Huang on Mulberry St, between Bayard and Canal.

          1. Hop Kee for dumplings, roast duck chow fun, salted squid with hot peppers and crabs chinese style. Also good is peking pork chop and get chinese broccoli with garlic.

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            1. re: sjjn

              Will second the recommendation for Hop Kee, and add that their crisp, pan-fried flounder, pork chow fun and the crabs (or snails) in black bean sauce are also fabulous.

              Hop Kee
              21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

            2. There's actually a great Malaysian place right in the jailhouse, on the Baxter Street side. It's called Jaya. Try their special "medicinal" soup!

              1. Definitely Landmarc...never met a burger i didn't like there

                1. I took gleeful advantage of my recent jury duty gig to wander around Chinatown. IIRC I had the sesame pancake sandwich from Vanessa's Dumplings, the avocado shake from Nha Trang Centre, and taro and kaya pastries from Fay Da Bakery. (I tend to snack/graze when I'm in Chinatown.) I also had a banh mi from Sau Voi Corp, but I'd recommend going to either Banh Mi Saigon Bakery or Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1 over Sau Voi. I haven't been to any Malaysian places in Manhattan so I can't comment on that...

                  There's also Despana, which is a bit of a trek but definitely worth it if you have enough time.

                  1. Since you are getting paid $7 a day to attend jury duty, I highly recommend Thai Son across the street on Baxter. $5.50 gets you a wonderful hot bowl of pho, with beef or chicken. You can also get a summery noodle dish, Bun with grilled pork, or shrimp or egg rolls. There's lettuce and fresh basil and mint on the bottom, just mix in the sweet sauce and you are good to go.

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                    1. re: yendang

                      thai son rocks my world. i ate there everyday during my last jury duty. i adore their bun with beef and spring roll. mmmmmmmm....i want it now!

                    2. Thanks for all of the tips. I'm due to report tomorrow morning... At least I can look forward to lunch!

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                      1. re: hungrycomposer

                        Remember to bring lots of reading material

                        With the extended time you get for lunch...sometimes 2+ hrs, walk over to Nobu. that is if yr wallet allows it.

                      2. Pakistan Tea House on Church Street (blocks above Chambers) -- amazingly inexpensive and delicious.