Jury duty in C-town is the best! My favs are:
Bo Ky for a quickie and delicious noodle soup lunch. Don't have to feel weird about eating alone here. They'll seat you at a communal table.
Thai Son has excellent pho. One block away!
Cha Chan Tang has interesting Hong Kong Style food. Their specialty drink is the HK milk tea - guaranteed to keep you awake for the afternoon jury session after a carb-heavy lunch!
89 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013
Cha Chan Tang
45 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Some good places not mentioned yet:
Wing Huang (apparently now renamed 111 Wing Wong), where you can get arguably the best roast duck in Chinatown
Dim Sum Go Go or Red Egg for dim sum
Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038
111 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
The court is by Chinatown, but you are very close to Tribeca, just 10 minutes. I ate at Walker's for a good fast lunch. You can go to Grand Daisy bakery get a quick sandwich or great pizza.
Pecan for salads, sandwiches, good coffee,(very fast)
Columbine ( for soup and sandwich)
Square Diner for edible diner food.
On Church and Reade there are real fast fast places, like Pakastani Tea house, Mikes Papaya, Pizza, Ruben's Empanada, Golden Crust(jamaican),
Farinella's pizza is real good ingredients on Worth near Broadway.
OK< you can go to Hop Shing for dim sum
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i don;t think it's so mucha chain as a place that has been succeful enough to open more locations. as it was this was either the first or 2nd pongsri opened up (it was the 1st i knew of - it used to not even say pongsri in english on the sign, only in thai - i think it was 1st but the one in the 40's might be older) and while i rarely eat there any more (im rarely around there) after my 1st trips to thailand in the late 80's it was the best i could find in manhattan
You will have to walk a couple of blocks but with 1.5 hours, you will have plenty of time. Here's a start:
Closest to 60 Centre Street:
Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.
Great New York Noodletown:
South China Garden:
A little further away:
East Corner Wonton:
New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.
It is still holding up. Make sure to ask for their special lunch menu, served only from 11-3. On this menu they have 65+ plus dishes all for $5.25. You get a cup of soup, tea, rice and one entree. Big Wong King is right across the street. They also have plenty of lunch specials. My favorite is their Roast BBQ Pork and Chicken over Rice with a small side of Choi Sum.
The lunch special at Amazing 66 is $5.75 now, but the food is still quite good and the selection is wide: both old-style Cantonese and American Chinese. The only negative is that sometimes the waiters can get so busy they ignore incoming guests. (You will still manage within an hour)
As to Big Wong King, the quality of their food has improved lately, IMHO. Both Chinese-style lou mein and the breakfast items are quite decent there, and the roast pork still runs supreme.
There is a number of choices along Mott, Elizabeth, and Bayard. I have lunch there almost every day. :-) What kind of foo do you prefer?
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013