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The best lunch in the West Village

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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 West Village.

Niu Noodle House

Asian, 15 Greenwich Ave., 212-488-9888 This pan-Asian restaurant
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Asian, 15 Greenwich Ave., 212-488-9888

This pan-Asian restaurant offers everything from stir fried noodles to noodle soups to dim sum. The $10.75 lunch set (11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) offers the best deal, with a choice of appetizer and entree or three dim sum options. The choice is difficult, but you can’t really go wrong. Enjoy steamed dumplings stuffed with shrimp, pork with truffle oil or flank steak or try the sizzling noodles that keep getting crispier on the hot tray.

Price range: $5-15

Mamoun's Restaurant

Middle Eastern, 119 MacDougal St. This original Mamoun's
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Middle Eastern, 119 MacDougal St.

This original Mamoun's location is the birthplace of the cult status falafel, where a sandwich runs you $3.50 and an entire platter $6. The freshly fried chickpea batter is crisp and delightful, served with light tahini sauce and a salad in a pita. If you’re really daring, try a dab of their extremely hot sauce. Meat sandwiches also offer a hearty option here, with fillings like chicken schwarma or lamb kebab.

Price range: $2-12

Sticky's Finger Joint

Chicken, 31 W. 8th St., 212-777-7131 Chicken fingers
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Chicken, 31 W. 8th St., 212-777-7131

Chicken fingers never tasted as good as they do at Sticky's! Their handmade chicken fingers are served in a variety of styles, like General Tso, buffalo, garlic or chicken parm. Over ten choices of homemade dipping sauces seal the deal, making the combinations of this crispy finger food pretty much endless. You can also get your fingers on a salad or as a sandwich, if you want your fingers to get a little less sticky.

Price range: $2-10

Fayda

Chinese Bakery, 321 6th Ave. This classic Chinese
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Chinese Bakery, 321 6th Ave.

This classic Chinese bakery has become a New York institution, known for its delicious and fresh baked goods. Their steamed buns, filled with everything from vegetables to chicken and mushrooms to roast pork, are a quick and cheap lunch solution that go down well with their iced teas. Pick up a cookie for dessert and you have one of the simplest, tastiest lunches in the Village.

Price range: $2-4

Grounded

Cafe, 28 Jane St., 212-647-0943 This organic tea
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Cafe, 28 Jane St., 212-647-0943

This organic tea and coffee shop serves a massive beverage menu along with juice, smoothies and of course delicious sandwiches and salads. A simple grilled cheese with apple or tomato can make a great lunch with some tea, or a heartier option exists in their version of a Reuben with corned beef and swiss cheese. Relax inside at one of the tables or benches, pick up some of the shared reading material or make some lunch conversation at the communal seating.

Price range: $4-8

A Salt & Battery

Seafood, 112 Greenwich Ave., 212-691-2713 The punny name
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Seafood, 112 Greenwich Ave., 212-691-2713

The punny name may not be exactly your taste, but the food probably will be! The menu is simple: choose between fried fishes including cod, pollock or haddock and order a side of chips, or battered beets, if you’re feeling adventurous. Curry sauce to top your chips (never fries) is another great option. Deep fried chocolate bars complete a meal here, which can be eaten in the small shop or taken to go.

Price range: $4-14

Murray's Cheese

Grab and Go, 154 Bleecker St., 212-243-3289 Along
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Grab and Go, 154 Bleecker St., 212-243-3289

Along with a massive selection of cheeses, Murray's also sells made-to-order melts, gooey and sticky and filled with their premium toppings. Enjoy bacon, turkey, tuna or a creation of your own made on fresh bakery bread. Pre-made sandwiches, salads and small dishes are also well-stocked in a refrigerator case for when you’re really in a hurry.

Price range: $5-10

100 Montaditos

Sandwiches, 176 Bleecker St., 646-719-1713 A montadito is
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Sandwiches, 176 Bleecker St., 646-719-1713

A montadito is a mini-sandwich in Spain, and this West Village restaurant has over 100 varieties of them! Four types of bread baked to order and countless combinations of toppings can suit your cravings with small bites of cured meats, cheese, vegetables and chocolate, of course. Combinations of five offer the best deals, but once you start reading down the menu, it’s hard to stop at just a few.

Price range: $2-4

Saigon Shack

Vietnamese, 114 Macdougal St., 212-228-0588 You’re in NYU
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Vietnamese, 114 Macdougal St., 212-228-0588

You’re in NYU territory, which means cheap food and a lot of crowds, but Saigon Shack is worth putting up with the unpleasantries for their excellent food. Take out or sit down at their bar or communal table to enjoy a steaming bowl of pho, spicy or meaty or vegetarian-- however you like! Don’t hesitate to order more noodles to slurp up the broth later on. Bun, cold rice noodle salad, with a variety of toppings from tofu to spiced duck or spring rolls also makes a fantastic lunch. Cash only.

Price range: $5-10

OatMeals

Concept, 120 W. 3rd St., 646-360-3570 Ever thought
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Concept, 120 W. 3rd St., 646-360-3570

Ever thought of having oatmeal for more than breakfast? It’s hearty, healthy and super comforting, and exactly the type of food you should be eating for lunch. OatMeals offers a menu of both sweet and savory oatmeal dishes to satisfy any craving. Sizes small, medium and large are suited to satisfy any appetite. Try the Truf?e RisOATto made with shaved parmesan, truffle oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper or the Croque Monsieur oatmeal made with diced ham, shaved gruyere cheese, nutmeg and steamed milk.

Price range: $4-7

Peanut Butter & Co.

Sandwiches, 240 Sullivan St., 212-677-3995 If you’re craving
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Sandwiches, 240 Sullivan St., 212-677-3995

If you’re craving a classic PB&J, don’t stop here-- Peanut Butter & Co. is all about mixing it up (and we mean more than just deciding between crunchy or smooth)! You can also pick up jars of peanut butter for your desk, for those days you’d rather have an in-house lunch. Fluffernutter, Ants on a Log, BLT and panini- style sandwiches are just a few of the menu options, using flavored peanut butters like chocolate or spicy curry.

Price range: $5-8

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