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The best lunch in Downtown Brooklyn

Picture this:

It's midday. You've been working hard for hours at your job, and all you want is a delicious lunch to reward yourself (or to help you nurse off your hangover!) But there's a problem: deciding what to eat for lunch can be hard! There are either too many options, too few options or uncertainty about the quality and taste of what you're getting. But we're here to help.

Here's our highly-curated list of lunch spots in Downtown Brooklyn.

Mile End Delicatessen

Montreal/Jewish deli, 97A Hoyt St., 718-852-7510 Mile End
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Montreal/Jewish deli, 97A Hoyt St., 718-852-7510

Mile End does basically everything right. From their smoked meat sandwich to plates of poutine to chopped liver, the food is traditional yet wholly Brooklyn at the same time. Now, we don’t advise eating this food everyday, but the menu is inventive and specials are plentiful. Chef Eli Sussman keeps things fresh, so you should stop in on the regular.

Price range: $9-16

Ganso Ramen

Ramen, 25 Bond St., 718-403-0900 When Ganso opened
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Ramen, 25 Bond St., 718-403-0900

When Ganso opened in a culinarily-deprived section of Downtown Brooklyn, locals rejoiced. And now, with the boom of office workers in the area, lunch seekers can also slurp salty and savory ramen from Ganso. The menu features all your ramen favorites, summer (cold) ramen and classic appetizers like chicken wings, gyoza and edamame.

Bijan's

Persian, 81 Hoyt St., 817-855-5574 Bijan's is tucked
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Persian, 81 Hoyt St., 817-855-5574

Bijan's is tucked into a quiet corner of Downtown Brooklyn and features a menu that is homey, delicious and comforting. Persian-inspired, the menu is made up of salads, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers. Try the roasted garlic eggplant salad, the lamb burger, the Persian chicken wings or the Persian omelette, which comes with dates.

Price range: $6-12

Govinda's

Vegetarian, 305 Schermerhorn St., 718-875-6127 Nestled in the
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Vegetarian, 305 Schermerhorn St., 718-875-6127

Nestled in the basement of the Hare Krishna Temple on Schermerhorn Street is this casual vegetarian eatery. It’s home cooking - nothing fancy - but the food is healthy and delicious. Most dishes have an Indian or Asian flare to them, but some are also more continental. The menu buffet changes daily and includes items like stuffed peppers, samosas, eggplant parmesan, split pea soup and quinoa salad. The setting is more like a community center/ church hall than restaurant. Visiting Govinda a comforting change to the business of the area. (Closed until Sept. 4)

Price range: $5-10

Iron Chef House

Sushi/ Japanese, 92 Clark St., 718-858-8517 In nearby
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Sushi/ Japanese, 92 Clark St., 718-858-8517

In nearby Brooklyn Heights is the unassumingIron Chef House sushi restaurant. Nothing too fancy or chic here, just honest and fresh sushi from a business that’s been serving the community for many years. All your favorite rolls are available, from simple spicy tuna to the more elaborate volcano roll. Vegetarian options are also available.

Price range: Lunch specials from $8-11

Buddy's Fast & Fresh Burrito

Mexican, 84 Hoyt St., 718-802-1661 This unassuming grocery
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Mexican, 84 Hoyt St., 718-802-1661

This unassuming grocery has a small Mexican foods counter, too. The burritos and tortas here are top notch and on nice days, there’s a garden out back where you can sit and enjoy your lunch. (Yes, we courage lunch breaks!) Our picks: the pastor torta with pineapple and the fast and fresh burrito. They also serve breakfast.

Price range: $2.50-8

Junior's

American, 386 Flatbush Ave. Extension, 718-852-5257 In nearby
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American, 386 Flatbush Ave. Extension, 718-852-5257

In nearby Brooklyn Heights is the unassumingIron Chef House sushi restaurant. Nothing too fancy or chic here, just honest and fresh sushi from a business that’s been serving the community for many years. All your favorite rolls are available, from simple spicy tuna to the more elaborate volcano roll. Vegetarian options are also available.

Price range: $15-30

Hill Country Chicken

Southern, 345 Adams St., 718-885-4609 An offshoot
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Southern, 345 Adams St., 718-885-4609

An offshoot of the popular Hill Country Barbecue, Hill Country Chicken specializes in crispy fried chicken! And sides, of course. All-natural chickens are coated in crispy breading, and served with the piece, with or without skin. Hand-cut fries, homemade pies and sweet tea are all available to supplement your order-- they’re not clucking around! Beware of possible food comas.

Range $7-10

Shake Shack

Burgers and fries, 409 Fulton St., 718-307-7590 Shake
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Burgers and fries, 409 Fulton St., 718-307-7590

Shake Shack, in just 10 years of business, has become as reliable as a comfortable chair that you fall into with ease after a long day. The food is always tasty and fresh and it’s affordable, especially for the quality of the food. The Downtown Brooklyn location carries all the classics, from the ShackBurger to the SmokeShack to the DogMeister. And because this is Brooklyn, don’t skip the special Fudge-ettaboutit Concrete - a frozen chocolate custard shake with Mast Brothers Shake Shack dark chocolate chunks and cinnamon fudge sauce.

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