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christy319 Aug 26, 2009 06:08 PM

It can be a food cart, deli, anything; I'm just looking for something chow-worthy in this area. Thanks.

  1. plumpdumpling Aug 26, 2009 06:50 PM

    If you're doing the tourist thing, Fraunces Tavern is the historic choice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraunces_Tavern.

    Zaytuna has a hot bar chock full of tempting dishes: http://www.zaytunamarket.com/.

    But most of us who work in the area just go to Flavors for Italian wedding soup or a buffalo chicken pizza: http://flavorsnyc.com/.

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      Ann900 Aug 26, 2009 08:33 PM

      It doesn't get much more dreadful then Franuces Tavern. Historic or not, no one should have to put up with their overpriced bad food and downright hostile service.

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        plumpdumpling Aug 27, 2009 01:19 PM

        Ouch! You can't deny the pull of George Washington, though . . .

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      sarah2k Aug 27, 2009 03:47 PM

      it's pretty bad around here. pret is one of the better options.

      there is a bahn mi cart across from hanover square thats ok. serviceable. there's also veronica's, a soul food cart i think on front st, that's actually really good. i just can't eat there everyday. if u can walk up a bit check out ise sushi, one of the better low/mid price sushi places, definitely the best all the way down here.

      also champ's deli is pretty great, the best deli down here by far. kind of hidden. good sandwiches. dicier soups. also there's a small salad/sandwich/soup place that has really good soups, cafe doppio, on broad right by the starbucks.

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        sarah2k Aug 27, 2009 03:49 PM

        oh! also if you're looking for a nicer sit down place, not as quick, this area has some good steaks. be prepared to be eating with self-proclaimed 'masters of the universe' but harry's on wednesdays has a beef wellington that i love. also SHO has one of the best prix fixes available for a very reasonable price. delmonico's is another option, tho i like harry's better

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          sarah2k Aug 27, 2009 03:53 PM

          there's also always stone street. financier has good pastries, illy coffee and decent sandwiches. the other places don't have the best food, though i haven't shopped around all that much. mad dog has good guacamole but it's laughably priced ($24) so i don't know... also there's an italian sausage cart like across the street from flavor's that is pretty good. lots of options now that i'm writing them all down

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            plumpdumpling Aug 27, 2009 05:30 PM

            Lots of options, sure, but nothing to really get excited about, right?

            I ate at The Ketch (http://www.ketchrestaurant.com/) a few weeks ago for the first time and thought it was one of the better meals I've had down there, but the decor felt like 1990.

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            foodwhisperer Aug 27, 2009 09:58 PM

            Gigino
            Innateso has great pizza and pastas
            South Street isnt all that far away and theres several places there

            1. E Eto Aug 27, 2009 10:23 PM

              For something cheap, there's the XpressPowerLunch cart on Whitehall/Pearl in front of Au Bon Pain. Their chicken rice plate is one of the better ones among the halal carts in the city.

              For something a little more extravagant, yet portable, there's the Urban Lobster Shack (on Stone St, just past Whitehall) for lobster rolls and such. http://www.urbanlobstershack.com/7401...

              Otherwise, it's kind of a toss-up between Chipotle and all the other mediocre delis and pizza places around there.

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                addictedtolunch Aug 28, 2009 04:05 AM

                Nobody mentioned Adrienne's Pizza Bar on Stone Street. It doesn't live up to its reputation/hype, but it doesn't suck either.

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                  christy319 Aug 28, 2009 08:10 AM

                  Thanks everyone. I'm sure I'll be able to find something with all these suggestions.

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                    simetrias Aug 28, 2009 02:49 PM

                    I'm probably too late, but my recommendation is the halal cart at the corner of Beaver and Broadway, south side. Be sure it is the FIRST cart: if he isn't there, don't bother. Wears a bandana, missing teeth. Get the chicken on rice or pita, or the meatballs on rice... all is good. Take, eat at Bowling Green park across the street. YUMM.

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                      christy319 Aug 28, 2009 03:21 PM

                      You are not too late! Sounds good, thanks (and we're meeting our Big Onion walking tour at Bowling Green).

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                        fredid Aug 30, 2009 02:37 PM

                        So whadja get? Thanks!

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                          christy319 Aug 31, 2009 07:59 PM

                          This is for next Tuesday.

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