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The best lunch in the Financial District

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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 the Financial District.

Taqueria Nixtamalito

Mexican, 1 Centre St., 646-652-9986 Want to dig
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Mexican, 1 Centre St., 646-652-9986

Want to dig into some Mexican? Look no further than the Tortilleria Nixtamal offshoot Taqueria Nixtamalito. Nixtamal is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Enjoy their fresh tortillas and their ample vegetarian menu including avocado or cactus tacos and tamales with roasted chiles, cheese and tomatoes. Of course, plenty of meat including carnitas, chicken and shrimp is also available.

Price range: $2.50-10

Hummus and Pita Co.

Middle Eastern, 79 Chambers St., 212-571-6700 This eatery
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Middle Eastern, 79 Chambers St., 212-571-6700

This eatery dedicated to all things hummus and pita is all about having a light, healthy lunch that will fill you up with their protein-packed dip. Choose from a pita pocket with chicken, steak or vegetables and load up with creamy hummus. Bowls and platters are also available for those who want to skip the bread.

Price range: $5-10

sweetgreen

Salads, 255 Greenwich St. Sweetgreen's farmers’ market
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Salads, 255 Greenwich St.

Sweetgreen's farmers’ market powered salad bar has become an obsession for some. And for good reason-- it’s delicious. Choose from their signature selections like kale caesar or cobb with turkey bacon, or create your own with a variety of greens and seasonal vegetable options. Quinoa bowls and homemade soups are also a popular option here.

Price range: $8-13

Diwane Khaas

Indian, 53 Nassau St. and 26-28 Cedar St.,
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Indian, 53 Nassau St. and 26-28 Cedar St., 212-571-7676

This Indian restaurant boasts “healthy cuisine for taste and waist” and is so popular it has two locations in FiDi. Vegetarian, lamb, chicken and fish entrees are all available, and at around $10, you’ll enjoy a massive amount of food. All dishes can be customized with additional green chillies, onions, hot sauce, mint sauce and tamarind sauce at your request. Online ordering directly from the restaurant is also available for days you crave some samosas and biryani at your desk.

Price range: $2-12

Terri NYC

Cafe, 100 Maiden Lane, 212-742-7901 This vegetarian quick-serve
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Cafe, 100 Maiden Lane, 212-742-7901

This vegetarian quick-serve restaurant is all about health food that’s tasty and easy. Choose from sandwiches, wraps and salads or go for a sippable lunch with juices, smoothies and shakes. Meat imitations like BBQ pork seitan are popular choices though some may prefer a simpler vegetable meal, like the hummus and avocado wrap with hot peppers.

Price range: $5-8

Hudson Eats

Various eats, 200 Vesey St., The Hudson Eats
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Various eats, 200 Vesey St.,

The Hudson Eats food hall at Brookfield Place is one of the best places to eat in the city, hands down. From Umami Burger to Black Seed Bagels to Little Muenster to Dig Inn, there's lunch for everyone. You could eat here everyday and not get bored.

Ramen.Co

Ramen, 100 Maiden Lane, 646-490-8456 Keizo Shimamoto makes
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Ramen, 100 Maiden Lane, 646-490-8456

Keizo Shimamoto makes ramen, bento and his famous ramen burgers at Ramen.Co. Everything is fresh and tasty and the cuisine is fun for the FiDi. And it's quick too, so if you need to get back to work, this is your place.

Price range: $8-14

Dig Inn

Farm-to-Counter, 80 Pine St., 212-785-1110 Seasonal, local and
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Farm-to-Counter, 80 Pine St., 212-785-1110

Seasonal, local and healthy food can be found at Dig Inn. This company is changing the lunch game in the city by offering main courses with veggie and whole grain sides made with high-quality ingredients. But they don't charge a lot and it's meant to be fast and easy. A bargain for the quality.

Price range: $4-10

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

Sandwiches, 225 Liberty St., 212-227-1957 Num Pang's
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Sandwiches, 225 Liberty St., 212-227-1957

Num Pang's Cambodian sandwich shop serves their classics and seasonal specialties on freshly baked bread that is hugely crave-worthy. Tiger shrimp, roasted cauliflower with Thai eggplant spread and grilled skirt steak with coriander are all classic favorites, served with cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers and chili mayo. Rice and noodle bowls are also available.

Luke’s Lobster

Lobster, 26 S. William St., 212-747-1700 A visit
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Lobster, 26 S. William St., 212-747-1700

A visit to Luke’s is like vacation during the workday. $18 gets you a lobster roll pack with chips, soda and a pickle. Or, opt for clam chowder and half a roll to mix things up.

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