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Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010

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.

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  1. 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/2010/0...

    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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    1. re: Noodle fanatic

      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

      1. re: riotburn

        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

        1. re: riotburn

          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.

          1. re: sh82

            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.

            1. re: riotburn

              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. re: sh82

              Had lunch at Alfanoose (now on Fulton Street) recently. Tabouleh, babaghnoush, roasted cauliflower, pita, and some ? purple salad, to go.

              Delicious.

              Around $13.

        2. 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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          1. re: FoodieJaponica

            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.

            1. re: FoodieJaponica

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

            2. 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. 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

                1. 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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                  1. re: riotburn

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

                    1. re: riotburn

                      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