Working near Jay St/Boro Hall. Seeking mexican, thai, ...
I just started working near the Jay St Boro Hall A train stop. I have a break from 12-4 and would like to explore. (Mexican food is a favorite as are other highly seasoned cuisines.) I don't know the area at all except for a bit of Atlantic Ave around Sahadi's and I'm not a great fan of middle eastern cuisines so I would love recommendations.
A four-hour lunch break? That's a chowhound dream come true! You could walk straight down Jay Street, which becomes Smith Street. Places that are open for lunch include:
Bar Tabac - French - 128 Smith, at Dean St.,
Chance - Chinese/fusion place, 223 Smith, at Butler St.
and Oaxaca -- tacos, etc., 251 Smith, between Douglass and Degraw.
(There's also Zaytoons at 283 Smith, but you're not big on Middle Eastern.)
Of the ones I mentioned, Oaxaca best fits your bill.
In a different direction (Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights), Lantern Thai is okay.
If you're in the mood for vietnamese sandwiches, I'd walk a couple blocks further to Hanco's (Bergen/Smith), I think theirs are better.
(Nicky's vs. Hanco's is somewhat of a religious argument... perhaps you should try them both and make your own informed decision...)
85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
You may not have to write off Thai entirely. Haven't tried it, but have been following the details on Em Thai's new "spicy" menu:
We've convinced them to deliver to Dumbo at lunchtime; they may do downtown. (I live on Schermerhorn and have no problems getting delivery there.)