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The best lunch in SoHo

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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 nurse off that 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 SoHo.

Chobani

Yogurt, 150 Prince St., 646-998-3800 Fro-yo was
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Yogurt, 150 Prince St., 646-998-3800

Fro-yo was once all the rage, but Chobani’s Greek yogurt store is catching up. Choose from sweet or savory parfaits for a protein-packed, guiltless lunch. Savory items include yogurt with cucumbers, avocado or hummus as well as other seasonal ingredients. Turkish Simit sandwiches with labneh are also a solid options, varying from meat-packed to vegetarian.

Lovely Day

Asian/American, 196 Elizabeth Street This adorable cafe
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Asian/American, 196 Elizabeth Street

This adorable cafe truly makes for a day-brightening visit: bright decor and upbeat music will revive your work day. The lunch menu features breakfast classics like egg sandwiches and a scramble with lox, or you can choose a more hearty entree, like Thai noodles or Japanese fried rice. Lovely Day's /lunch sets, $8.50-$12.50 offer the best deals, featuring appetizers like edamame and dumplings with coffee or tea and an entree. The restaurant is cash or AmEx only.

Taim

Middle Eastern, 45 Spring St., 212-219-0600 Taim,
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Middle Eastern, 45 Spring St., 212-219-0600

Taim, which means tasty in Hebrew, is the perfect spot for your grab and go lunch, featuring some of the best falafel in New York City. The menu features three types of falafel available in a pita sandwich with toppings like egg, feta cheese, spicy peppers and more. A nice variety of salads like quinoa and beet are also available for a slightly lighter lunch. Taim’s smoothie bar is also enjoyable: you can create your own concoction of fresh fruits or opt for one of their pre-designed smoothies.

Black Seed Bagels

Bagels, 170 Elizabeth St., 212-730-1950 The opening
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Bagels, 170 Elizabeth St., 212-730-1950

The opening of Black Seed's Montreal-style bagel shop this spring brought lines out the door for their hand-rolled, wood fired bagels, but crowds are finally manageable enough for your grab and go lunch. You can design your own bagel sandwich with their variety of spreads and smoked fish or opt for a signature creation like the Beet Cured Salmon with horseradish cream cheese, radish and herbs or Tobiko Spread with salmon and butter lettuce.

Range: $7-13

Parm

Italian, 248 Mulberry St., 212-993-7189 Is there
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Italian, 248 Mulberry St., 212-993-7189

Is there anything better than fried food on bread? Absolutely not. Chicken, eggplant and meatball parm come on a roll or a hero swimming in Parm's delicious signature red sauce. If you’re ready for a splurge, get a slice of their ice cream cake

Range: $9-12

MacBar

Mac and cheese, 54 Prince St., 212-226-0211
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Mac and cheese, 54 Prince St., 212-226-0211

Macbar, a mac and cheese restaurant, offers the perfect comforting lunch break! Choose from small, medium or large sizes depending how hungry you are and then decide what type of mac and cheese mash-up suits you for the day. Braised beef, duck confit and lobster are all options at this gourmet-style macaroni restaurant! But if you’re into something more classic, the four cheese is also pretty excellent.

Range: $6-13

Asia Dog

Hot Dogs, 66 Kenmare, (212) 226-8861 Why
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Hot Dogs, 66 Kenmare, (212) 226-8861

Why grab a street cart hot dog when you can go gourmet? Asia Dog puts Asian-inspired toppings -- think seaweed flakes, kimchi and Japanese curry-- on beef, chicken, or veggie hot dogs, all made to order. Wasabi potato salad makes a great side dish to complete the meal. A $10 lunch combo gets you two dogs and a drink or chips!

Hampton Chutney

South Asian, 68 Prince St., 212-226-9996 Your
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South Asian, 68 Prince St., 212-226-9996

Your typical lunch sandwich gets an Indian spin at Hampton Chutney! Choose from dosa, a sourdough crepe or uttapam, a rice-lentil crepe, served with international fillings including curry chicken, grilled portobello mushroom, potato masala and many more, all topped with the eatery’s signature chutney sauces. More traditional sandwiches on two slices of bread are also served made to order.

Thai Angel

Thai, 141 Grand St., 212-966-8916 Just a
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Thai, 141 Grand St., 212-966-8916

Just a few steps from Chinatown, visiting Thai Angel is worth the walk a few blocks south for a quick, tasty lunch. Better yet, the restaurant has wifi, so if you choose to sit and dine, you don’t have to worry about being disconnected. The lunch specials start at $6.95 and range from homemade curries, to noodle and stir fry dishes or their famous angel chicken wings.

Range: $8-11

Souen

Macrobiotic, 210 Sixth Ave., 212-627-7150 Japanese and
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Macrobiotic, 210 Sixth Ave., 212-627-7150

Japanese and Western cuisines both make up the menu at Souen, where the focus is healthy, natural eating. The lunch menu is full of healthy salads, topped with homemade dressings. The lunch set, from which you can pick fish or vegetable options, offers the best deal, with a choice of preparation and healthy sides.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Seafood, 16 Extra Place, 212-777-7225 If you’re
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Seafood, 16 Extra Place, 212-777-7225

If you’re more in NoLita than SoHo, walk up to Extra Place where Red Hook Lobster hides in a quaint nook of the alley. Treat yourself to their fantastic Connecticut lobster roll, a quarter pound of fresh lobster meat served warm with butter. Smaller, but just as enjoyable lunches, can be found in their lobster BLT, lobster caprese salad or a bowl of New England clam chowder.

Range: $8-16

McNally Jackson Café

Cafe, 52 Prince St., 212-274-1160 McNally Jackson's
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Cafe, 52 Prince St., 212-274-1160

McNally Jackson's small bookstore cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a calm lunch, perhaps while browsing through magazines or the newest novels. Seasonal salads, soups, quiches and sandwiches are all fresh and reasonably healthy and the $7 soup and half salad option is one of the best in the area.

Range: $5-$10

Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli

Banh Mi, 369 Broome St., 212-219-8341 This
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Banh Mi, 369 Broome St., 212-219-8341

This little eatery proudly offer seventeen stuffing choices for your French-Vietnamese hoagies, ie banh mi sandwiches. Pork liver pate, beef with lemongrass and sardines are all popular fillings along with a separate vegan menu that offers fresh vegetables and imitation meats like curry chicken. Vietnamese sides like spring rolls and papaya salad are also great supplements to the lunch sandwich.

Kelley & Ping

Asian Fusion, 127 Greene St., 212-228-1212 Kelley
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Asian Fusion, 127 Greene St., 212-228-1212

Kelley & Ping serves its eclectically tasty Asian lunch menu until 5 p.m. -- perfect for late lunchers! Bento boxes include combinations like vegetable dumplings, crispy tofu, edamame and sticky rice or you can opt for a one-dish meal, like curries, noodles or big salads. The Asian Antipasto, a daily selection of three fresh vegetables, is an excellent light options.

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