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Ah the mix of dread of jury duty and glee for Chinatown lunches! Looks as if I'll be doing my civic duty at 111 Centre Street all week, and I want to try a new place each day. Any recommendations for fast and tasty restaurants (and favorite dishes there) in the very near vicinity would be appreciated. I know it'll be a whole lotta Chinese, but any other cuisines are welcome too. Might get sick of Chinese every single day. Thanks!

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  1. Go to little italy to mix it up!

      1. I always liked jury duty precisely because of the great lunch neighborhood. I would recommend one of the vietnamese restaurants. There are a couple on Baxter St. and unfortunately, I don't remember their names.

        By the way, these days jury duty might only last 2 or 3 days, so go to the most promising places first.

        1. cheap banh mi all around there.

            1. I love jury duty for the food (and I'm strangely into the civic duty aspect of things). Here's a quick cross section:

              Big Wong King (Mott north of Bayard)--amazing wonton soup, especially w/ roast pork in it.

              XE Lua (Mulberry south of Canal)--best pho I've had in NYC.

              Pakistan Tea House (Church north of Reade)-- fresh naan and particularly good veggie options.

              Farinella Pizza (90 Worth)--delicious and interesting slices of thin crust pizza as well as good coffee.

              Bouley Market/Bakery (W Broadway and Duane)--sandwiches, quiche, amazing pastries, salads. Bouley Upstairs is also across the street and serves a mean burger as well as more elegant options.

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              1. re: sholli

                Bouley upstairs has gone downhill recently Their sanitation is suspect, and I had to return dirty silverware the past couple of visits. I don't know if this is a temporary thing, or will be permanent, as his other places are OK. I like the Belgian place next door, which has a better burger than Bouley, and the waffles are to die for

              2. i really like blau gans for a quick tasty viennese lunch.