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riotburn Jun 10, 2010 09:52 AM

Hi, I just started working on wall street and am looking for some lunch recommendations. Searching I have found some things like the jamaican cart. I am looking for best halal, mexican, pizza (seems to be Adriennes but I had an awesome meatball sub off the pizza truck), chinese, sandwich (rosarios?). Heard there was a cart that had 3.50 falafel but I don't think its there anymore. And any other suggestions you may have. Looking to keep it under $10 but open to higher if its worth trying at least once.

  1. Noodle fanatic Jun 10, 2010 10:31 PM

    Riotburn - Welcome to the neighborhood! Are you looking for sit-down lunch spots, grab-and-go places, delivery, or any of the above?

    I can't be sure if they're the absolute bests in the neighborhood, but here are my personal faves for under $10:

    Middle Eastern - Alfanoose (falafels, babaganoush, hummus plate etc.)

    Sandwich - Sandwich House (love the walnut & dill chicken salad sandwich), or Financier Patisserie (nice croque monsieur)

    Chinese - think most of it is pretty bad, but have heard good things about Ho Yip

    Mexican - get delivery from Little Big Place in Tribeca?

    $30 Prix-fixe fine-dining lunch - SHO Shaun Hergatt
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/03/the-art-of-the-lunch-deal-sho-shaun-hergatt-financial-district-manhattan-review.html

    You might want to check out my "best takeout in FiDi" thread. It doesn't have a $10 cap, but just for your reference. There are some suggestions from other hounds that I haven't tried yet but sound pretty good (like the Vietnamese sandwich cart): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711210

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    Alfanoose
    8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

    Ho Yip
    110 Liberty St, New York, NY 10006

    Sandwich House
    17 Ann St, New York, NY 10038

    SHO Shaun Hergatt
    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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      riotburn Jun 11, 2010 09:55 AM

      Thanks for replying. Looking mostly for grab n go.

      I went to Alfanoose and wasn't impressed. Sandwich was kinda of expensive and not filling. Would rather get halal cart for cheaper and more quantity.
      Financier was really good but only had dessert

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      Alfanoose
      8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

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        Noodle fanatic Jun 11, 2010 12:19 PM

        I haven't ordered the sandwiches at Alfanoose but you should go back and try their platters which are amazing. Standouts include the falafels, babaganoush, hummus, tabouli, salad, and the mojadara with cracked wheat, tomato, and red pepper.

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        Alfanoose
        8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

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          sh82 Jun 23, 2010 01:31 PM

          The falafel at Alfanoose is gross. For good falafel go to Alan's cart in Liberty Plaza (east side of broadway). $4 falafel sandwich and its the best in town.

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            riotburn Jun 24, 2010 10:15 AM

            Alan's cart was goood. Thanks for the recommendation. They give you a heaping pile of salad with, even though I don't like em much, a huge amount of fresh tomatoes.

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              saturngrrl Jul 11, 2010 06:42 AM

              I like the falafel at Alfanoose - it's different, but something about it appeals to me. I also really like that cracked wheat/tomato/red pepper stuff. However, I recently discovered Baba Ghanouge (sp?) via Seamlessweb. Their falafel is meh, but everything else I've ordered from there is great - chicken, greek salad. The best stuff is this garlicky white sauce that is so addictive. Prices are reasonable; portions pretty large. Just don't eat that sauce before a meeting or presentation. You will reek. But it's sooooo good! :-)

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              Alfanoose
              8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

              Baba Ghanouge
              165 Church St, New York, NY 10007

      2. FoodieJaponica Jun 12, 2010 03:28 PM

        I think Rosario's closed a while ago, unless I'm unaware of its new location.
        Best halal chicken, I think, is the truck on Wall and Pearl, on the south side, and I've tried most in the area. There's usually a line around lunch time (you can ask for a combo, if you're like me and get bored with just one topping).
        For Chinese buffet, I like Yip's at 18 Beaver - very reasonable and lots of dishes.
        For regular buffet, noodle soups, tofu soups etc. (and just your usual deli fare), I'd recommend Cafe Water (Water&Pine) or Hanover deli (on Hanover Sq, affiliated with Cafe Water).
        Like someone said, the Banh Mi truck on Hanover Sq is excellent, but the wait can be VERY long. Call ahead at (646) 996-8990 and just pick up your order.
        And you can also get deliveries from all the restaurants in China Town! They come super fast.

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          riotburn Jun 15, 2010 10:02 AM

          The halal on pearl was goood and cheap. $4 for the combo with no drink. Was suprised too that the meat had a little spice to it without hot sauce.

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            Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 26, 2010 06:33 PM

            Yep- Rosario's was one of the best sandwich shops in NYC, but it closed ~2007.

          2. Nick F. Jun 15, 2010 10:12 AM

            Riotburn-

            Please retry Alfanoose. The sandwiches ain't where it's at.

            You gotta get the Chicken Shawarma platter with Tomato/Red Pepper Mojadara (some insanely good combination of rice/cracked wheat) lots of tahini, hummus, hot sauce (I tell them "flood the plate") and LOTS of the crispy, fried onions they have.

            When I eat it, I enter a realm of food nirvana where I feel like a happy sandbag: stuffed and inert.

            It is worth that feeling.

            -Nick F.

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            Alfanoose
            8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

            1. famdoc Jun 15, 2010 08:06 PM

              Noodle fanatic is right on the money in terms of his FiDi recommendations.
              Alfanoose remains my favorite.
              Started buying from the 99% Vegetarian cart @ Liberty and Bdwy and like his stuff very much.

              Start reading midtownlunch.com's downtown reports. You'll find dozens of hidden gems downtown.

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              Alfanoose
              8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

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                riotburn Jun 15, 2010 09:25 PM

                ill give Alfanoose another try in two weeks, doin rapid weight loss for now, so yea i had the street meat with no rice :(
                I was also at Zeytuna yesterday, had a salad, but the hot food surrounding the salad station made me utter some curse words (cause it looked good) Is it good?

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                Alfanoose
                8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

                Zeytuna
                59 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

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                  riotburn Jun 16, 2010 08:26 AM

                  Also what a good place for sushi? Preferably under 5 a roll, used to the 50% off sushi in Brooklyn

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                    Noodle fanatic Jun 19, 2010 12:01 AM

                    Most sushi places in FiDi are near inedible to me and outrageously overpriced... give Sushi a la Kawa a try perhaps? It's the only place I order sushi from without having to throw everything away. It's not gonna be great, but the rolls would be under $5 if you do the maki combos or order the basic rolls like tekka maki. Soma by Nature (a Korean takeout place) does ok take-out sushi as well. Not great, but edible.

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                    Soma by Nature
                    123 William St, New York, NY 10038

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                  nooyawka Jun 19, 2010 03:51 PM

                  I would just like to thank the op for not referring to it as "fidi". (standing up applauding)

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                    Greg145th Jun 21, 2010 09:13 AM

                    I've had good food at:

                    Mexican: Tajin (85 Greenwich Street) 212/509-5017. The burritos are large, filling and reasonably priced.

                    Sophie's Cuban has generally good food as well.

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                    Tajin
                    85 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

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                      teresa Jun 21, 2010 06:35 PM

                      I agree with Greg. Tajin's burritos are excellent! I also highly recommend the Limeade (or maybe it's Lemonade). It's quite refreshing on a warm summer day.

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                      Tajin
                      85 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

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                        Noodle fanatic Jun 21, 2010 06:40 PM

                        teresa + greg145th - have you guys ordered from The Bigger Place in Tribeca for Mexican? If so, how does it compare to Tajin? Will give Tajin a try soon and report back.

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                        Tajin
                        85 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

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                        riotburn Jun 21, 2010 08:51 PM

                        Ill give this a try tomorrow actually. Let you know what I think

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                          riotburn Jun 22, 2010 09:54 AM

                          Tajin was pretty good, had the grilled chicken burrito. Decent size for the price, didn't skimp out on the chicken overall good burrito.

                          Still aren't any mexican places around that have things like tortas and sopes, things along those lines. Once you've had the arabe tacos from Los Portales in Astoria, you get kinda spoiled.

                          Also had elephant ears from the Financier bakery thinking it was gonna be on the lighter end for desserts but the thing was pure buttery goodness.

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                          Tajin
                          85 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

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                        riotburn Jun 24, 2010 10:16 AM

                        Keep em coming, these recommendations have been good soo far.

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                          mybear Jun 24, 2010 12:27 PM

                          surprisingly, the korean food at cafe hanover was pretty decent - if you're in a rush. otherwise, i'd recommend soma by nature. (the menus are a little different at both places. so it can depend on what you're craving.) and i miss the banh mi sandwiches from the cart in front of 10 hanover. the indian food from baluchi masala was good and the people were quite nice!

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                            Nick F. Jun 30, 2010 07:43 AM

                            Have you tried the Bahn Mi Cart over in Hanover Sq. Sorry, hard to keep up with this thread since so many people, but cheap and delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches down there! Try the shredded chicken w/onion!

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                              riotburn Jun 30, 2010 08:41 AM

                              hmmm might give that a try today.

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                                Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 30, 2010 08:53 AM

                                The lines get ridiculous there, so call in if you can. The sandwiches are terrific, if slightly overpriced.

                                Sorry, I can't seem to find their phone number at the moment.

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                                  riotburn Jul 1, 2010 05:00 PM

                                  The Bahn Mi cart was good. They were out of the shredded chicken by the time i got there so i got the panfried beef. the flavor of the food was good and had just the right amount spicyness to it but I felt it was a little lite on the meat. The baguette was really great, crunchy crust and soft inside, real quality there.

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                                    Bone Thug n Hominy Jul 12, 2010 02:42 PM

                                    That's a pretty on-point summary. It's surprisingly good, but the amount of meat doesn't justify the price. The panfried beef is not my go-to, but it's an excellent sandwich.

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                            uwsister Jun 25, 2010 01:31 PM

                            If you want to do a fancy lunch one day, aforementioned SHO Shaun Hergatt's $30 3-course lunch prix-fixe is worth doing once.

                            Is Seh Jah Meh still around? My husband used to eat there when he worked in FD. He said it wasn't great, but good enough to scratch that Korean itch when you have a craving.

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                            SHO Shaun Hergatt
                            40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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                            1. re: uwsister
                              squid kun Jun 26, 2010 05:26 PM

                              Moved to Greenwich St. a couple years ago, but still around as far as I know.

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                              Se Ja Meh
                              114 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

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                                Noodle fanatic Jun 26, 2010 06:39 PM

                                Se Ja Meh simply isn't good enough to warrant the prices charged. Much prefer Soma by Nature for Korean takeout. I love my neighborhood, but it's so incredibly frustrating to see 99% of restaurants down here surviving on less than mediocrity!

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                                Se Ja Meh
                                114 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

                                Soma by Nature
                                123 William St, New York, NY 10038

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                                  riotburn Jun 28, 2010 06:45 AM

                                  How much is soma by nature?

                                  Any recommendations for all those carts by Liberty park? Alans was good. Anything else special there?

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                                    Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 28, 2010 12:08 PM

                                    It's not cheap on an absolute scale, but let's call it "reasonable" for fidi takeout. The food quality is good for quick takeout. Like with most of my regular downtown lunch spots, I'll happily recommend Soma, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

                                    1. re: riotburn
                                      Noodle fanatic Jun 28, 2010 07:42 PM

                                      Soma's menu: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

                                      Bibimbaps range from $8.95-$13.95

                                      I recommend the:
                                      Gal-Bi Bibimbap - grilled short rib sauteed zucchini, carrot, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cauliflower, oven roasted rosemary garlic potato over rice ($13.95

                                      )

                                      Sashimi Salad Bowl (basically it's a Hwe Du Bap/sashimi bibimbap) - big bowl of sashimi salad with homemade spicy sauce served with rice ($10.95)

                                      You-pick-2 - choice of bulgogi, pork bulgogi, spicy squid, mapo tofu, japchae, chicken teriyaki, chicken curry, half-salmon, half-shrimp teriyaki - I normally get bulgogi and squid or japchae ($10.95) - although this stuff is on the oily side so I normally go with the bibimbaps since they're a tad healthier

                                      BoneThugnHominy's got it right - it's not cheap, but reasonable for FiDi, and not bad for quick takeout.

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                                        riotburn Jun 28, 2010 07:54 PM

                                        Ill give it a try one time when im craving korean. Was at cafe hanover today, had a sandwich, but the korean was tempting, just too damn hot for korean.

                                        O and is this stickied?

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                                          Noodle fanatic Jun 28, 2010 08:01 PM

                                          What do you mean by if this is stickied? I think there's some Asian saying about fighting heat with heat or something, so go crazy with the Korean ;) If you like sashimi - get the sashimi bibimbap thingy - very nice on a hot day!

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                                            riotburn Jun 29, 2010 04:20 AM

                                            Stickied on the board, pegged to the top?

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                                          saturngrrl Jul 13, 2010 10:56 AM

                                          Thanks for the recs for Soma by Nature - I tried it today. Delivery took a bit longer than promised, due to the torrential rains, so I cut them some slack for that. The Soma bibimbop was tasty and fresh; the soup was delicious. It was the rice cake and dumpling in beef broth. I would definitely order this again, although it was about $17 with tax and tip. That's the only downside.

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                                          Soma by Nature
                                          123 William St, New York, NY 10038

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                                            Noodle fanatic Jul 13, 2010 02:29 PM

                                            Glad you enjoyed it saturngrrl! The upside to the $17 is that you can make 2 meals out of their soups. I haven't tried the rice cake broth, but I know the soondubu yields at least 2 generous portions (or 4-5 cups).

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                                              Noodle fanatic Jul 16, 2010 01:12 PM

                                              P.S. For those who haven't been to Seh Ja Meh or Soma, note that Seh Ja Meh is a sit-down restaurant and Soma is more of a takeout spot (there's a seating area but it's very very casual).

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                                        uwsister Jul 18, 2010 01:13 AM

                                        Don't think Soma by Nature was around when he worked there. I'm glad to hear about another Korean place opening in that nabe though - it can definitely use the diversity.

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                                        Soma by Nature
                                        123 William St, New York, NY 10038

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                                      financialdistrictresident Apr 6, 2014 07:20 AM

                                      edit.

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                                        financialdistrictresident Apr 6, 2014 07:25 AM

                                        Sadly, SHO closed in 2012.

                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854110

                                        Thanks for the food memories:

                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6425...

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                                        Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 29, 2010 05:58 PM

                                        It may be worth seeing if Doyers Vietnamese or Pho Viet Huong will deliver to you. I used to work near WTC, and had no trouble getting them to to deliver to me.

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                                        Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong
                                        73 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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                                          squid kun Jun 30, 2010 12:34 AM

                                          Doyers is closed, unfortunately.

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                                            Noodle fanatic Jul 4, 2010 04:28 PM

                                            O no!!! Where am I gonna get my Vietnamese food now?!??? I ordered delivery from Xe Lua via seamlessweb the other day because Doyers was showing as closed (I didn't realize it was closed closed!). I thought Xe Lua had better pho, but their spring roll was not as good as Doyers.

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                                            Xe Lua
                                            86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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                                              Bone Thug n Hominy Jul 9, 2010 06:04 AM

                                              Sorry to hear about Doyers, but Xe Lua isn't a bad alternative.

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                                              Xe Lua
                                              86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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                                                bread Jul 14, 2010 06:04 AM

                                                That's terrible about Doyers. Nha Trang is also a really nice Vietnamese joint. It's on Baxter St., but they might deliver. Great for a cheap dinner.

                                                For the Vietnamese sandwich truck on the square, order ahead at 646-996-8990 (that should still be the number). This way you can pick it up. I've had all of the sandwiches, and they're all great. They make Vietnamese iced coffee too, which I recommend if you order your sandwich spicy.

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                                                Nha Trang
                                                87 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

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                                          riotburn Jul 1, 2010 07:36 AM

                                          Wound up going to thai cafe yesterday. Was pretty good. Had a big bowl of chicken curry noodle soup. The soup was only 7 bucks. My colleagues food looked good too.

                                          1. Noodle fanatic Jul 4, 2010 04:30 PM

                                            This is not technically in the Financial District, but if you and your colleagues ever feel like walking over to the World Financial Center and sitting outside on a nice sunny day for lobster rolls and grilled corn, check out the Ed's Lobster Bar Cart (new this summer!). I posted a photo of the nice relaxing outdoor seating area here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7150...

                                            Not sure how mobbed it gets during lunch time on weekdays, but it was perfectly serene today (July 4th!) and surprisingly devoid of tourists.

                                            The 3oz lobster roll for $15 comes with a bag of Cape Cod potato chips and really hits the spot. It was delicious and its quality was on par with Pearl's.

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                                              riotburn Jul 4, 2010 11:27 PM

                                              Dont like seafood unfortunately, hopefully someone else will enjoy this though.

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                                              riotburn Jul 7, 2010 06:48 AM

                                              How about street meat that boasts the most meat? Most of the carts here are decent but dont give you that much. Nothing like the one on 53rd at night. Any recommendations here for one not that may not be the best but has the most quantity?

                                              1. famdoc Jul 9, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                The Liberty Plaza carts present some great choices.
                                                Recent addition: the Biryani Cart. $5 buys you a large container of veggie biryani and salad.

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                                                Biryani Cart
                                                W 46th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                                                  riotburn Jul 13, 2010 08:03 PM

                                                  had lamb and chicken combo, pretty good. Ill try the biryani next time. I guess its finding the best of the mediocre carts down here

                                                2. financialdistrictresident Jul 10, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                  Table Tales on Water.

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                                                  Table Tales
                                                  243 Water St, New York, NY 10038

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                                                    financialdistrictresident Jul 10, 2010 10:34 AM

                                                    Is Onda on Front Street still there?

                                                    I haven't been in about a year. They were one of the best restaurants in Seaport North when they first opened.

                                                    1. re: financialdistrictresident
                                                      financialdistrictresident Apr 6, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                      Sadly, two of my favorites for lunch and dinner, Onda and Table Tales are closed.

                                                  2. Noodle fanatic Jul 13, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                    Has anyone tried Crepes du Nord at 17 S William St (between Beaver St & Mill Ln) yet? I saw on Yelp that they're offering 1 sweet crepe + 1 savory crepe for $15.95, which sounds like a pretty good deal. The reviews look pretty positive as well (4.5 stars). Will try to go soon and report back.

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                                                    Crepes du Nord
                                                    17 S William St, New York, NY 10004

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                                                      riotburn Jul 13, 2010 08:10 PM

                                                      Went to Diwan Shas(?) today on william, for $8 got chicken tikka massala rice and potato/pea curry with a big naan. Was pretty good in terms of quantity and quality, though it was kinda bland for indian, next time ill get the vindaloo to see if it has more taste.

                                                      Saw that creperie, its across the street from the indian place. Too bad its not <$10 for the two crepes.

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                                                        Noodle fanatic Jul 13, 2010 08:36 PM

                                                        Their savory crepes range from $8-$12 each, and sweet crepes $5-$9 each. Menu looks fantastic: http://www.crepesdunord.com/menu/inde...

                                                        Can't wait to try the "Brie & Fresh Pear, Honey, Candied Spiced Walnuts Crepe", or "Braised Beef Short Ribs, Jus Naturel, Seared Tomatoes, Cheese Crepe"!

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                                                        Desidero Jul 14, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                        Zibetto Espresso on Fulton St. makes an excellent prosciutto panino and terrific espresso.

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                                                        Zibetto
                                                        102 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

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                                                          financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                          Zibetto location is now a raw/organic restaurant, Magic Mix Juicery.

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                                                          riotburn Jul 15, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                          Went Sophies Cuban yesterday. Got the Roast Pork sandwich. Was really great. Defined a sandwich for me. Grease would rival and beat a philly cheesesteak. Definitely worth a try though a lil expensive at $8.

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                                                            Bone Thug n Hominy Jul 15, 2010 08:47 PM

                                                            Hah, I almost had a heart attack over the six incomplete sentences in a row. I have a hard time recommending Sophie's, but when you're in the mood for Cuban cuisine, you really don't have much of a choice down there.

                                                            Not everyone who works the counter knows about this by name, but they're usually happy to make the Midtown Lunch special sandwich if you ask nicely. Throw some of their (mediocre for what it is) green sauce on, and you've got a pretty amazing hangover cure.

                                                            Midtown Lunch special:
                                                            http://midtownlunch.com/2009/02/17/so...

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                                                              riotburn Jul 18, 2010 02:39 PM

                                                              Haha, sorry...the grease must have traveled to my brain. The midtown lunch special sounds great, definitely gonna try that.

                                                          2. Noodle fanatic Jul 16, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                            I got take-out at Ruchi Indian Cuisine today at 120 Cedar Street (between Greenwich & Trinity Place), and really enjoyed the samosa, chicken tikka masala, rice, and naan bread for $13.95. The naan bread was quite large at 10"-12", but I was disappointed by the small portion of chicken in the tikka masala (about 6 small chunks). From a calories perspective, I understand that I probably shouldn't be so greedy with wanting more chicken (since the naan, samosa, and rice will undoubtedly fill you up), but they should put in at least 10 chunks... 6 was really too few, i.e. felt like it was all sauce and no meat.

                                                            On the takeout menu there's a section for "North Indian Selection" and one on "South Indian Selection" for $13.95. North includes 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and comes w/ rice, naan, chutney, and a small bottle of water. South includes 1 choice of mini course, 1 entree, and comes w/ sambar, coconut chutney, and a small bottle of water.

                                                            Eat in if you can, because lunch is 50% off when you eat in which is a great deal! They're also BYOB which is a big plus.

                                                            Lunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm

                                                            P.S. I'm not an Indian food connoisseur, so can't comment on how authentic it is (I assume it is because there were lots of Indian customers), but the food was fresh and delicious, and I'll definitely go back again.

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                                                            Ruchi
                                                            120 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006

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                                                              Noodle fanatic Jul 20, 2010 12:05 PM

                                                              Ok I ordered from Ruchi again today and there was a LOT more chicken in the chicken tikka masala. Pretty sure it was just an aberration the other day. I'm getting a little addicted to their lunch specials... should really walk over there and take advantage of the 50% off eat-in discount. Would love to hear what other dishes are great there - I tend to make the mistake of ordering the same stuff all the time once I find a dish I love.

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                                                              Ruchi
                                                              120 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006

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                                                              riotburn Jul 19, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                              Just at Sandwich house. I had the grilled chx with avocado on a baguette and it was very good.

                                                              I am still looking for a real sandwich place. Something that would rival Sal the sandwich king of astoria, if such a place exists here. I don't want these pretentious brie arugula and apple with balsamic whatevers. I want my turkey and salami with american hosed in hellmans and spicy brown that is big enough to feed a family of four for only 6 bucks. Any recommendations?

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                                                              1. re: riotburn
                                                                Noodle fanatic Jul 19, 2010 11:57 AM

                                                                Not sure if we have anything like that down here... have you been terribly disappointed by the versions at the local delis? The closest thing I could think of (which is still pretty far from what you described) would be Fresh Salt in what is technically the Seaport area. Check out their menu here: http://newyorkcity.menupages.com/restaurants/fresh-salt/menu

                                                                I haven't been there, but people rave about their meatloaf sandwiches. Here's a picture of their Italian sandwich: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kDJbzz...

                                                                Just cover your eyes and don't look at the sandwiches with brie/arugula/balsamic etc. Unfortunately (or fortunately in my case) they gotta cater to girls like me who love that "pretentious" stuff ;

                                                                )

                                                                Sorry I'm pretty sure this isn't what you're looking for, but in case you like meatloaf, maybe?

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                                                                Fresh Salt
                                                                146 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

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                                                                  riotburn Jul 19, 2010 10:02 PM

                                                                  hahaha, sorry guess I meant im looking for a 'manlier' sandwich, but more simply whats the best place of cold cut hero?

                                                                  Didn't mean disrespect girls sandwiches, while they do taste good, they just aren't as satisfying and leave an empty space in my stomach for more turkey, roast beef, and cheeses.

                                                                  Also though its really f'ing hot out, whats the best place for noodles soups?

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                                                                    Bone Thug n Hominy Jul 19, 2010 11:13 PM

                                                                    You really missed out. Rosario's would have been perfect--it was an inexpensive Italian deli that sold huge, quality sandwiches. But they closed down in 2008 or so. There used to be rumors that he was planning to open back up, but at this point, it's not looking good.

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                                                                      riotburn Jul 20, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                      hmmm theres a Rosarios in Astoria, wonder if its the same because they have really good sandwiches there.

                                                                    2. re: riotburn
                                                                      Noodle fanatic Jul 20, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                                      What type of noodle soup in particular are you looking for? It's slim pickings down here for Japanese noodles since most places just serve you the instant stuff for $8+/bowl, hence making my own... I haven't found anything worth paying for. Haven't tried any Korean noodles yet - if anyone's tried them at Soma or Seh Ja Meh et al, please comment on the quality please!

                                                                      For Vietnamese pho, I'd suggest getting delivery from Chinatown. I haven't tried enough places to know which place has the best pho that also delivers down here, but Xe Lua's is not bad and they deliver quickly.

                                                                      For Cantonese noodle soup, Lili's has a Canton Wonton with Egg Noodle Soup
                                                                      with Roast Pork for $8.95 which is ok. Definitely overpriced for the quality. You can get better noodle soup for half the price in Chinatown. Lili's is in Battery Park where the movie theater is right next to Goldman Sachs.

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                                                                        riotburn Jul 20, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                        Actually I like the curry thai/viet and spicy korean noodle soups. I had the curry noodle at whichever thai place above that was decent.

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                                                                        saturngrrl Jul 21, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                                        LOVING this thread guys! :-) I dunno about the manly sandwiches so much, but the other day my boss and colleague brought me back a banh mi from Mangez Avec Moi Express and it was FANTASTIC. Chicken sate (SO MUCH MEAT that I could not finish the sandwich and I can eat!), and the usual accoutrements (pickled carrots, cilantro, hotness) on a nice (light and tasty) baguette! And it was only like $6! Ca-ching!!

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                                                                        Mangez Avec Moi
                                                                        71 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007

                                                                  2. ChefJune Jul 20, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                    Best Thai food in the area (imho) is Bennies Thai on corner of Gold and Fulton (downstairs). Thai folks love it... but don't order from the steam table, choose off the menu.

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                                                                      Noodle fanatic Jul 20, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                      ChefJune - which specific off-the-menu items are worth ordering at Bennies? I ordered delivery from them years ago and it was dreadful. There are 0 edible Thai restaurants in the Financial District, but I hope you'll prove me wrong and that I just ordered the wrong stuff.

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                                                                        saturngrrl Jul 21, 2010 12:11 PM

                                                                        Dunno if this helps, but I've had Bennie's green curry (veggies) a few times via SeamlessWeb and it's pretty awesome. I love the earthy, yummy flavor of that sauce. And their Pad See Ew (shrimp) is good, too. None of it's earth-shatteringly fabulous, but I have ordered several times and will likely order from there again.

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                                                                      riotburn Jul 20, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                      FTW the halal lamb and chicken at the pearl and wall st cart. Ask for more meat instead of a drink, much better that way on terms of quantity. With that, for $5, makes it one of the best choices for a cheap, filling, good lunch IMHO.

                                                                      1. plumpdumpling Jul 26, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                        I love the Tabasco Chicken at Water Street Deli. It's hunks of white meat chicken coated in a thick, spicy sauce. It's traditionally served with rice, I think, but my co-workers and I like to get it with baked ziti or meatballs to balance the spiciness. It's under $10, and it's definitely two meals.

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                                                                        Water Street Gourmet
                                                                        12 Water St, New York, NY 10004

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                                                                          riotburn Jul 28, 2010 07:22 PM

                                                                          sucks my temp job ended there, sounds good

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                                                                            Bone Thug n Hominy Jul 30, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                                            That's an awesome rec. I totally forgot about this dish, but it's great. Though I like it best with yellow rice.

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                                                                              plumpdumpling Sep 23, 2010 12:11 PM

                                                                              Thanks, dude. Totally awesome username.

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                                                                              financialdistrictresident Feb 28, 2014 05:05 AM

                                                                              Water Street Gourmet is closed.

                                                                              I guess it's Made Fresh Daily or Veronica's or Chinatown . . .

                                                                              http://www.madefreshdailybakeshop.com...

                                                                              Anyone been to Made Fresh Daily for lunch recently?

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                                                                              benefitevents Aug 24, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                                              I live in the Seaport area (the historic district north of Pier 17). There are several excellent restaurants there, a couple of which are right priced, including Table Tales on Water St. bet. Beekman and Peck Slip (excellent sandwiches) and Il Brigante on Front St (also bet Front and Peck Slip), for whole, thin crust, pies. In addition, Suteishi corner of Front and Peck Slip is excellent Japanese (check online for lunchtime prices). And I should mention the neighborhood bars: Fresh Salt on Beekman which makes very good sandwiches for lunch and the very reasonable and varied Cowgirl Seahorse corner of Front and Dover St (that's hard by the B.Bridge). Cowgirl is sister to Cowgirl Cafe on Hudson.

                                                                              In the Financial Dist. itself my absolute favorite is the Burger Shoppe on lower Water St. (#30). The best burger for the money I have had (you might want to lose the house topping of relishy shredded lettuce, but I always eat it out of respect for the natives), along with the also excellent fries.

                                                                              The pizza truck on Wall and Front already mentioned, I think serves exceptional and unique pizza. But I do second Adrienne's for more trad thin crust.

                                                                              I ate once at Alfanoose and would never go back. Inferior falafel in every respect.

                                                                              Jim

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                                                                              Il Brigante
                                                                              214 Front St, New York, NY 10038

                                                                              Suteishi
                                                                              24 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038

                                                                              Table Tales
                                                                              243 Water St, New York, NY 10038

                                                                              Alfanoose
                                                                              8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

                                                                              Fresh Salt
                                                                              146 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

                                                                              Cowgirl Seahorse
                                                                              259 Front St, New York, NY 10038

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                                                                                financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                I loved Table Tales.

                                                                                Does anyone know if Grace plans to re-open? Does she still have her catering business?

                                                                                I believe Il Brigante and Suteishi are delivery only post-Sandy.

                                                                                Haven't been to Fresh Salt in ages.

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                                                                                  financialdistrictresident Feb 17, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                  Had after dinner drinks with SO at Fresh Salt. Over Christmas I think? I was pretty buzzed . . .

                                                                                  Il Brigante is open. I've never had their pizza. I've had the arugula salad and rigatoni with eggplant and ricotta salata. They're on Seamless.

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                                                                                  financialdistrictresident Feb 28, 2014 05:12 AM

                                                                                  Alfanoose is now on Fulton. I ordered from them via Seamless recently and it was good.

                                                                                  GRK on Fulton is also good. Though atmosphere (cafeteria-ish, louder) lends itself to lunch or takeout. Also on Seamless.

                                                                                  I've heard good things about the kosher place on the corner of Cliff and Fulton but have not been yet.

                                                                                  Anyone been? Suggestions?

                                                                                3. financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                  Someone just asked me where to have lunch in the Financial District so I thought I'd bump this thread up.

                                                                                  Many places still have not re-opened yet post-Sandy.

                                                                                  Where can a few business guys have a casual lunch with table service that won't break the bank? They also need to stay close to Fulton/John, prefer non-chain, food carts/Front Street are out.

                                                                                  Financier is out because they always go there for coffee. Cowgirl Seahorse is out, food is just okay. They have been to:

                                                                                  *Les Halles
                                                                                  *Open Door Gastropub (same owners as The Paris, which they don't care for.)

                                                                                  I suggested Ryan MaGuire's. Any other ideas?

                                                                                  On another note Made Fresh Daily (not good if you're in a hurry, everything is made to order) on Front has re-opened. I have tried Chickpea, Crisp and GRK. All decent healthy lunch options.

                                                                                  Also went to Terri and the newer raw/organic place on Fulton. Both were very good. Terri was less expensive.

                                                                                  Slim pickings:

                                                                                  http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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                                                                                    financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                    The raw/organic place is Magic Mix Juicery (former Zibetto location):

                                                                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/magic-mix-jui...

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                                                                                      financialdistrictresident Sep 19, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                      Ryan MaGuire's is now off their list. They ordered a special and it was NOT as expected.

                                                                                      They will rotate between Acqua, Les Halles and Open Door Gastropub for lunches.

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                                                                                        financialdistrictresident Feb 17, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                                        They have added Il Brigante to their lunch list:

                                                                                        http://www.ilbrigantenyc.com/

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                                                                                        financialdistrictresident Sep 19, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                                        I just remembered Trading Post:

                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917468

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                                                                                          financialdistrictresident Feb 18, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                          I believe Crisp is now closed.

                                                                                        2. financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                          Best ethnic food carts in the Financial District:

                                                                                          http://streetvendor.org/vendys/best-ethnic-food-carts-in-the-financial-district-via-motb/

                                                                                          I used to go to Veronica's Kitchen on Water:
                                                                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/veronicas-kit...

                                                                                          Is she still there?

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                                                                                            offthechain Oct 20, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                            Yep, Veronica is there pretty much every day and tasty as ever - on Water now instead of Front St. where she used to be.

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                                                                                              financialdistrictresident Oct 20, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                              Thanks, offthechain. Need to get back there soon . . .

                                                                                          2. financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                            Pop-up food on Front Street:

                                                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/smorgasbar-new-york

                                                                                            http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...

                                                                                            I walked by these, but have not eaten here yet. Any suggestions?

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                                                                                              Sneakeater Sep 18, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                              It's OK. Expensive for what it is.

                                                                                              It's like they got some of the least interesting stands from Smorgasburg. The ones you pass up for more interesting stuff.

                                                                                              I was disappointed.

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                                                                                                financialdistrictresident Sep 18, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                Thanks, Sneakeater . . .always appreciate saving time and money.

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                                                                                                kathryn Oct 17, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                Smorgasbar is revamping and reopening with different vendors. Landbrot bakery has taken over a good chunk of the space with an Oktoberfest theme.

                                                                                              3. financialdistrictresident Oct 19, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                Bumping this thread up . . .

                                                                                                The Paris has re-opened:

                                                                                                http://ny.eater.com/tags/paris-cafe

                                                                                                Barbalu:

                                                                                                http://barbalu.com/

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                                                                                                  financialdistrictresident Feb 25, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                                                  We went to Barbalu (in Historic Seaport North) for dinner recently. Gone is the cheese counter and grocery. The space (the larger restaurant, not the cafe) is lovely. They did a great job with the renovations. Perfect atmosphere for a private party.

                                                                                                  Now on to the food:

                                                                                                  APPETIZERS

                                                                                                  "Special" grilled polenta with mushrooms and cheese fondue. Good.

                                                                                                  Roasted red beets with pistachio and goat cheese salad. Lots of pignolia, less pistachios. Menu should reflect this or server should tell diners. Very good.

                                                                                                  Baby spinach with gorgonzola, pancetta. Minor snafu over dressing request. She didn't say anything to our server.

                                                                                                  SECONDI

                                                                                                  I had potato crusted salmon with saffron sauce. Sauce did not compare to SO's sauces. Potato crust was not what I expected, crispy and browned. Salmon was cooked perfectly.

                                                                                                  My friend had a "special", wild boar stew over creamy polenta.

                                                                                                  Whole wheat and gluten free available. Reasonably priced bottles of wine.

                                                                                                  Service was good. Chef accomodated my friend's dietary restrictions. We appreciate that.

                                                                                                  More of a lunch place or coffee & dessert (in the cafe) for us. Maybe a light supper (soup and salad, etc.) that doesn't break the bank. Also on Seamless.

                                                                                                  The owners are very nice people and brave to return. All of these small businesses can use our support post-Sandy.

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                                                                                                    benefitevents Feb 25, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                    I just want to express my appreciation for this ongoing thread about the Seaport. When I first joined in I was still living there and continued doing so until Sandy.

                                                                                                    Now I live in Harlem (not so bad, but I miss the sea) and I get a bit of my nostalgia assuaged by keeping up with the redevelopments.

                                                                                                    I am waiting for Bridge to re-open. Still the best of a good lot.

                                                                                                    I make occasional forays to Cowgirl, but for the booze and most excellent music (yes and good cheap eats).

                                                                                                    Anyone who has not gone on a Monday for a performance of the Crusty Gentleman playing extraordinary bluegrass should not miss it. If you are a BG fan you won't be disappointed, and if you are not you will be (a fan that is).

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                                                                                                      financialdistrictresident Feb 28, 2014 05:21 AM

                                                                                                      More on Barbalu:

                                                                                                      http://ny.eater.com/archives/2014/02/...

                                                                                                      The cafe is small. I wonder if their larger dining room will be open for lunch?

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                                                                                                      financialdistrictresident Feb 25, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                                      The Paris is on Seamless now.

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