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Feb 3, 2011 02:21 AM

Jury Duty, Chinatown

Lunch hour for would-be jurors is only 1 hour and a half. Which are the best restaurants near as possible to the Courts (60 Center Street)?
I have searched Chowhound but found surprisingly little near the courts. Thanks.

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  1. 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:
    Amazing 66:

    Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.

    Famous Sichuan:

    Great New York Noodletown:

    Noodle Village:

    Old Sichuan:

    South China Garden:

    A little further away:
    East Corner Wonton:

    Fujian Noodle Shops:

    New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.

    Shanghai Deluxe Café:

    4 Replies
    1. re: scoopG

      Thank you so much. I see the last Amazing 66 review was 2007. Any idea whether it is still good?

      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: Fuffy

        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.

        1. re: scoopG

          Do they have that lunch special every day or just Monday - Friday?

          1. re: scoopG

            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?

            Amazing 66
            66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

            Big Wong
            67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      2. new pasteur for pho

        xe lua for pho thats a little better but a little further

        pongsri thai

        theres a bon chon chicken west of the courts as well

        3 Replies
        1. re: thew

          Thank you thew, I see that others also like the xe lua pho. 86 Mulberry Street (between Canal and Bayard) 212 577 8887

          1. re: Fuffy

            I am sorry, not everybody is so optimistic about Pong Sri in C-town (it's a chain) and the only good Pasteur is all the way in Toronto. Xe Lua is much to my taste.

            Xe Lua
            86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: diprey11

              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

        2. Also Nha Trang, on Centre Street. Good summer rolls and pho. Quick meals. Always packed.

          Nha Trang
          148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

          1. Some cheap but good options

            Bo-Ky for good noodle soups.
            Tasty Dumpling for dumplings and beef pancake.
            Banh Mi So 1

            Tasty Dumpling
            54 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

            1. 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

              Square Diner
              33 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013

              90 Worth St, New York, NY 10013

              Mikes Papaya
              2832 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

              Hop Shing
              9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Saluggi's has decent pizza, it's on church between canal and lispenard.
                Also second the Bo Ky rec, comforting noodle soups.
                Excellent pork chop house is not a bad option either, just a longer walk than the other two.

                325 Church St, New York, NY 10013