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Lunch in New York City can be overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to resist just going to the bodega on the corner for another sandwich. But we know you can do better than that! From hidden gems to the most popular NYC eats, we’re breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch neighborhood by neighborhood.
Located on the ground floor of 220 Church St, Arcade Bakery truly is a hidden gem. The owner and head baker, Roger Gural, has worked at a number of impressive bakeries, but has settled into his own place. Unwavered by popular trends like the cronut, Gural sticks to the basics and bakes only what he knows best. Topping the list – croissants. Flaky on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside. Other solid options include the personal pizzas, sandwiches, and babka. If you’re in the mood for a carbo-load for lunch, look no farther than Arcade Bakery. Plus, the extra 300 steps off the street and through the office building’s lobby will help you work some of it off (right?)!
Location: 220 Church St (In the lobby)
For the more health-conscious members of your team, no one does build-your-own salads better than Sweetgreen. This chain establishment has a cult-like following of people who simply refuse to eat any other salad because the salads at Sweetgreen really are that good. Load your dish with locally sourced, organic ingredients like raw kale, spicy broccoli, shredded cabbage, housemade hummus, and many, many more. We have a feeling that once you try Sweetgreen, you’ll be hooked.
Location: 413 Greenwich St
Tiny’s is one of those places that you can’t help but recognize. Housed in a landmarked 1810 historic building and painted a beautiful bright pink, we’d come here for the aesthetic alone. However, even if Tiny’s didn’t stick out like a sore thumb, you’d still know about this haunt because the food is superb. The Meatballs & Garlic Toast as well as the Burrata Salad are among the menu’s standouts. Come here for a hip vibe and a really solid meal.
Location: 135 W Broadway
For a quick grab-and-go meal to take back to our office in Flatiron, Cafe Clementine should be your go-to. The menu changes daily, offering countless options for sandwiches, soups, and salads. Consistency is key, and Cafe Clementine customers claim that they would willing order anything on the menu and be confident that it will taste great. At least three vegetarian options are offered every day, and they also have a half-sandwich option but be sure to top lunch off with one of the fresh-baked cookies staring at you from the counter. If you’re looking for a meal that will make you feel like mom made it with love (brown paper bag included), Cafe Clementine has it in spades.
Location: 227 W Broadway
If you spend your days working in an office, chances are that sooner or later you’re going to have to treat someone to a business lunch. For those occasions, Locanda Verde tops the list. Described as “Tribeca in restaurant form,” the popular lunch spot features bright-light windows, drawings on the walls, and a plethora or plants, creating a welcoming atmosphere. The Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and the Lamb Meatball Sliders will not disappoint but, if we’re being honest, nothing on the menu will. As an added bonus, if your business lunch takes a dull turn, Locanda Verde is known as a celebrity-sighting hotspot, with regulars including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, and Hugh Jackman.
Location: 377 Greenwich St