Best Tribeca lunch spots?
Just moved to a new office on Church and Park Place. I have a two-pronged question for everyone:
1) What are the best spots to grab lunch to go from? So far I've tried Aroma, Pret a Manger and Amish Market. I heard good things about Takahachi Bakery's selections of salads and sandwiches? What else can everyone recommend within about a 10-block radius?
2) What are the best spots for business lunches? Obviously I'm excited to be close to Locanda, but any other recs (high, low, whatever) that would be good for a 1-2 course lunch would be much appreciated.
I dont do "business lunch" but some of the popular lunch options around my office (very close to yours):
-Mangez Avec Moi - they have a sit down place but mostly people get the "banh mi" from next door - air quotes because it doesnt fit my definition of one, but is a tasty and pretty affordable sandwich.
-Babaghanoush (this one is controversial - they are slow as hell, the food is salty, and its infuriating to see how inefficient they are, but the falafel isnt half bad, though its served in weird portions, the single sandwich is cheap but not a full lunch, two is a little too much)
-whole foods - considerably fresher and more vegetably than amish and replenished/kept up much better through the day, the amish salad bar starts looking more than a little sad unless you eat lunch early. its WF so, you know, its no steal, but there are loads of options (though the variety gets old quick)
ive been on a bringing lunch kick lately so im curious what other people have to say.
re: peter j
for lunch to go, I recommend birdbath bakery. excellent sandwiches. Pecan also is a good place for a quick bite, they have a lot of seating as well.
for a more sitdown, but still casual lunch, pain quotdien is a pretty good option. I haven't tried super linda yet, but if they're open for lunch, that might be a nicer spot to eat.
I LOVE (!) Viet Cafe. You must have the coconut noodle soup-- its one of the best soups in the city in my opinion. Rice noodles, a rich coconutty broth with bright spots of lemongrass. Comes with a choice of chicken or shrimp.
We just did "Aperitivo" at Salumè - a program that is offered starting at 5pm. Order drinks (wine or beer) at fair NYC prices and get an assortment of small plates according to chef Sarah's whims. We had 5 glasses of wine (3 for husband; 2 for me) and we were served 7 savory dishes and 1 sweet. Everything was fabulous (& no extra charge). Don't know how they do it - be sure to go while it lasts!
Capri Caffe on Church near Reade St. for reasonably priced, excellent pastas and fresh roasted vegetables.
--Takahachi Bakery is a regular quick lunch spot of mine. I like the california roll sandwich also the pork cutlet sandwich. They have great coffee and pastries.
---Columbine probably has the best soup and sandwich in Tribeca
---Benvenuto is a good spot for sandwich , or make your own salad creation. They do a big takeout business. Sandwiches, Brugers, wraps, even Philly cheese steak
-----Pain a Cotedien (spelling) on W. Broadway and Warren, haVVs delicious tartine. and other things.
----Walker's has amazing burgers, and good chili and a big selection of other things
-----Pakastani Tea House--favorite spot of cab drivers
----Viet Cafe was mentioned,,, they have delicious chili shrimp and great vegetarian crab cakes
-----Jerry's on chambers st ( formerly from Spring St) is a really good lunch spot
-----Blau Gans for a Schnitzel to go
------Dean's on Greenwich St for inexpensive pasta , or pizza
-----Gee Whiz for diner food
----- Greenwich Grill has a fantastic deal on lunch , but not to takeout
-----Cercle Rouge has great foie gras
----Pecan has good coffee and pastry from Ceci Cela
-----Tre Sorellles will make good pasta, pizza and I think for lunch they will do Italian sandwiches. very reasonable prices for brick oven pizza and good italian food.
-----Corner Stone grill -- (no tables or seating) great BBQ, Delicious chicken, and Terrific Burgers on greenwich and Duane.
That's enough places ,,
I was doing some post-work grocery shopping at the Whole foods yesterday and had a chance to watch the cooks at the new Dosa-teria concept which replaced the in-store japanese counter. the dosas i saw coming off the griddle actually looked very good. again typical whole foods/tribeca pricing (10 bucks i think) but it may be worth investigating.