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Looking for Lunch near Astor Place

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I just started a new job just south of Astor place on Lafayette and I'm looking for a place to go to lunch on the days where I actually have time to leave my desk. I'm looking for any kind of cuisine, though I am sort of a snob when it comes to Chinese food having grown up with a mother who cooks traditional chinese and going to Dim Sum every sunday in Chinatown.

I'd like to be able to get away for under $10, but if the quality is there, maybe I'll treat myself to a higher price point every now and again.

I know a lot of thread already exist for NYU students looking for lunch spots, but I'm not looking to have pizza or burgers (unless they're very well made).

Thanks for your help!

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    1. re: phantomdoc

      Wait what? Grand Sichuan "could be the best Chinese restaurant." What are you smoking? Where else have you ate? And if Young Eats digs Dim Sum, which is Canto, maybe a reference more along those lines would be more appropriate than Sichuan food?

      I like Cafe Orlin on St. Marks.

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      Cafe Orlin
      41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

    2. Ippudo and Dos Toros Taqueria.

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      Ippudo
      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Dos Toros
      137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. Xian Famous Foods, Baoguette, a few slices from South Brooklyn Pizza?

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        Xi'an Famous Foods
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        South Brooklyn Pizza
        122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

        1. when i worked on broadway & houston, i pretty much ordered pierogies and other polish delights from polonia for breakfast every day. pretty decent kielbasa. oh, thai angel is OK.