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Lunch To-Go: Pepe Rosso

Pepe Rosso To-Go on Sullivan Street is a tiny place, so tiny that they post (friendly, cheeky) signs suggesting you eat fast and make room for the next guest. Which is why this restaurant is one of my favorite takeout and delivery spots in the area. More

Lunch To-Go: Battery Place Market

The market opened last fall and since then has garnered a loyal following from the Battery Park City community as well as neighboring businesses and finance workers who know that the extra five minutes' walk results in a lunch much better than anything you'll find at downtown delis. More

Lunch for One: Hillstone's Veggie Burger

When the New York Times recently put out an article on veggie burgers, I had to do a little cheer because they mentioned my favorite veggie burger in the city. It was a burger that I was too embarrassed to tell friends about—lest they judge me for two facts: I not only 1) love veggie burgers, but 2) my favorite comes from a nationwide chain. More

Lunch for One: Escarole Salads

Escarole is one of my favorite types of greens to use at home when preparing a salad. And for this reason, I tend to keep a sharp eye out for escarole salads in restaurants to pick up ideas and inspirations. Two places in particular have versions so good that I return for them time after time. More

Lunch for One: Balthazar Bakery

Warmer weather means outdoor eating, and one of my favorite places to grab a quick lunch to-go in Soho with guaranteed seating at benches right outside is Balthazar Bakery. Sink in your teeth into their into one of their two savory croissant sandwiches ($7.25 each). My heart lies with the fresh Asparagus and Mushroom, oozing Gruyere; but for something meatier, the Ham and B├ęchamel combination is just as good. More

Lunch for One: Fresh Agnolotti at Otto

Otto recently introduced fresh pastas ($15) to their menu, an exciting change for a restaurant that previously only offered dried pasta dishes ($10). There's a Ravioli di Brasato and the Goat Cheese Agnolotti, pictured here. It's the latter I've found myself craving. More

Lunch for One: Robataya NY

At Robataya NY, there's a $16 lunch special best filed under the "bargain" category. It's the Ikura and Uni Set, a deep bowl of steamed rice, one half piled with buttery tongues of uni, and the others with briny, fresh ikura. More

Lunch for One: Yuba

The focus of the menu at the recently opened Yuba in the East Village is, as you would expect, yuba—best known as tofu skin or beancurd sheet. Prices are high at dinner, but a $16 lunch prix fixe makes it a more affordable lunch option. More

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