Slideshow: Where to Eat Lunch in Chelsea Market

Pasta at Giovanni Rana
Pasta at Giovanni Rana
Late last year, Chelsea Market got an Italian trattoria. Though the lofty space makes for a relaxing lunch spot, those with less time on their hands should try their take-away. You can get a great (and huge) serving of pasta for $8, $10, or $12. The noodles are all made in the restaurant, where they're also available for purchase. A new favorite of ours.

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina: 212-370-0975; rananyc.com

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Meaty Sandwiches at Dickson's Farmstand Meats
Meaty Sandwiches at Dickson's Farmstand Meats
Meat is the star here, but unlike most butcher shops selling sandwiches, Dickson's has proven to be quite adept at pairing the star with a good supporting cast. Take this Pastrami Sandwich with Apricot & Celery Chutney. The addition of a sweet and sour tangy chutney studded with fresh thyme cuts through the rich fattiness of the pastrami and sharp cheddar slices. Along with cold cut sandwiches, it's hot options like the French Dip chili that make us regulars.

Dickson's Farmstand Meats: 212-242-2630; dicksonsfarmstand.com

[Photograph: Craig Cavallo]

Crepes at Bar Suzette
Crepes at Bar Suzette
With a full menu of savory and sweet crepes, it's hard to land on just one. So go repeatedly! Squash and goat cheese is light and tangy but filling enough to make for a satisfying lunch. The tender crepes are packaged in handy containers that allow you to eat them one-handed, but do so quickly. The crepes do not improve with age.

Bar Suzette: 917-727-2169; barsuzette.com

[Photograph: Renata Yagolnitzer]

Nicer Sit-Down at The Green Table
Nicer Sit-Down at The Green Table
For an even more peaceful lunch, a place with a liquor license, or simply a nice menu that changes with the seasons, head to the Green Table. The cuisine is largely American but, true to American form, shows influences from all over the world. The grilled cheese is all U.S.A., with a slightly tangy filling and a burnished crispy crust.

The Green Table: 212-741-6623; cleaverco.com

[Photograph: Renata Yagolnitzer]

Sandwiches at Bowery Kitchen Supplies
Sandwiches at Bowery Kitchen Supplies
The best/worst kept secret of the market is this sandwich shop hidden in plain sight within Bowery Kitchen Supplies. Expect deli sandwiches done right here including the Four P's: roast pork, provolone, prosciutto, and red peppers—juicy, porky happiness on a roll.

Bowery Kitchen Supplies: 212-376-4982; bowerykitchens.com

[Photograph: Craig Cavallo]

Meat Pies at Tuck Shop
Meat Pies at Tuck Shop
Meat pies! These flaky little numbers are stuffed tight with meat and veggie fillings. There are both meaty, bacon-y pies and more balanced vegetarian options here.

Tuck Shop: 212-255-2021; tuckshopnyc.com

[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Sandwiches and Salads at Ronnybrook Dairy
Sandwiches and Salads at Ronnybrook Dairy
Milkshakes, yes. Ice cream, of course. But Ronnybrook's straightforward savory options are just as good, c.f. this very solid Pressed Mozzarella.

Ronnybrook Dairy: 212-741-6455; ronnybrook.com

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

Noodles and Curry at Chelsea Thai
Noodles and Curry at Chelsea Thai
A surprisingly decent Thai joint for the area and convenient for when you feel like Thai but your friend feels like a meaty sandwich. The drunken noodles are delightfully heavy on the basil.

Chelsea Thai: 212-924-2999; chelseathai.com

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

Smoothies and Salads at One Lucky Duck
Smoothies and Salads at One Lucky Duck
One Lucky Duck specializes in raw vegan food including smoothies and generously portioned salads, as well as healthier but still satisfying versions of classic desserts. Good for days where you want to feel virtuous about your lunch.

One Lucky Duck: 212-255-4300; oneluckyduck.com

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sandwiches and Bread at Amy's Bread
Sandwiches and Bread at Amy's Bread
While we come for the bread, we stay for just about everything else. For lunch, we're partial to the pressed sandwiches, like this Grilled New York Cheddar and Tomato sandwich. A chipotle pepper purée, ribbons of coriander, and a few slices of red onion elevate the deceptively simple grilled cheese.

If you're up for constructing your own lunch, you can do no better at Chelsea Market than the bread at Amy's. The Semolina with Golden Raisins and Fennel has been a name-maker for Amy's and is wonderful with cheese. For dessert, their carrot cake is our favorite in town.

Amy's Bread: 212-462-4338; amysbread.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

DIY Italian at Buon Italia
DIY Italian at Buon Italia
This fully stocked Italian market has cured meats and cheeses to make your own sandwich or salad, including three (count 'em) types of ricotta: sheep, cow, and cow-goat. It's way too easy to get lost in these aisles.

Buon Italia: 212-633-9090; buonitalia.com

[Photograph: Renata Yagolnitzer]

Fruit and Veggies at Manhattan Fruit Exchange
Fruit and Veggies at Manhattan Fruit Exchange
A full grocery with a great fruit and vegetable section, including some esoteric varieties you won't find elsewhere. Good for filling any gaps in your lunch plan.

Manhattan Fruit Exchange: 212-989-2444; www.manhattanfruitex.com

[Photograph: Renata Yagolnitzer]