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22 Go-To Fast-Casual Spots in FiDi

Quick and affordable meals downtown, for lunch inspiration

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In the Financial District, finding lunch may seem like a daily struggle, but a flowering of counter-service and build-your-own spots means there’s creative and inexpensive options out there. Most dishes at places on this list hover between the $10 to $20 dollar mark, and diners have a large variety to choose from, including salad bowls, Indian food, and northern Chinese fare. From a bowl of spicy tingly noodle soup to a hearty serving of katsu curry, here are the top fast-casual spots in FiDi right now. For a broader selection of FiDi restaurants that includes full-service operations, check out this map.

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1. Shake Shack

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200 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

The popular burger chain has a location on the second floor of the Fulton transit hub. There’s also a Battery Park City outpost, where one can dine at a table on a patio, or get it to-go and head around the corner to the riverside, where there’s a view of the Statue of Liberty. 

A Shake Shack burger in a paper wrapper, on top of fries. Nick Solares/Eater

2. Eataly NYC Downtown

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101 Liberty St Floor 3
New York, NY 10007
(212) 897-2895
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This iconic food hall has a plethora of pasta, bread, pizza, and dessert options, and the many restaurants, and counters within serve a variety of needs. For a quick but filling meal, grab a prime rib sandwich at the rotisserie counter, or a caprese sandwich on housemade piadina at I Panini. For a lighter lunch, Pronto offers pasta salad and a selection of naturally flavored sodas from a refrigerated section. Gelato or a cannoli is available at dessert counters.

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3. Joe’s Pizza FiDi

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124 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 267-0860
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Village slice icon Joe’s has a Fulton Street location. Classic New York pizza comes available by the slice, though pies are available too if doing a group order.

4. Go! Go! Curry World Trade Center

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12 John St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 406-5555
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The World Trade Center location of this affordable Japanese curry chain can get crowded, but its delicately fried katsu, served over nourishing gravy and measured portions of rice, is worth waiting for. There are also a number of toppings available, from a boiled egg to shrimp tempura.

5. Nish Nush

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41 John St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 577-6474
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There are two outposts of this vegetarian Israeli kitchen, both in lower Manhattan. Stop in for hummus, chile falafel burger, cauliflower sabeh with homemade harissa, or creamy labneh with fresh pita. 

6. Maestro Pasta

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45 John St
New York, NY 10038
(646) 758-7133
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Pasta clocks in at under $10 a bowl at Maestro, a bright new fast-casual spot in the same vein as the late Pasta Flyer. The menu features fresh, springy pasta and build-your-own sauces with meat, seafood, and veggie add-ons, as well as daily sauce specials, such as curry or honey mustard with roast chicken. A new option allows diners who are looking for a lighter lunch to opt for half-servings.

7. 西安名吃 Xi'an Famous Foods

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8 Liberty Pl
New York, NY 10038
(212) 786-2068
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Popular Chinese noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods has a location in FiDi, where there’s plenty of narrow communal seating to have a steaming plate of slippery, tongue-tingling spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles and a cold soda. The dumplings here aren’t bad either, but the chile-studded cucumber salad is the side dish to get. 

Xi’an Famous Foods’ spicy cumin lamb noodles sit on a white plate as a person pulls them up
Xi’an Famous Foods’ spicy cumin lamb noodles
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8. The Kati Roll Company

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22 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038
(212) 730-0080
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Nothing says a quick and easy meal like a crisp, hot kati roll, with a flaky, egg-lined paratha stuffed with spicy meat or vegetables. The mango lassi helps wash it all down on days when such indulgence is called for. The Maiden Lane location also serves coffee, tea, egg rolls, and Nutella parathas at breakfast.

9. Bao Bao Café

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106 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10006
(917) 261-7122
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The noodle soups at Bao Bao are spiced with Sichuan peppercorn, which means they are best washed down with a glug of sweet, iced Hong Kong milk tea, with a refreshing tea egg or marinated baby octopus on the side. There’s a second location in Gramercy.

10. Taïm

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75 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038
(212) 226-1248
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Order the piping hot falafel in pita with as many toppings as can fit at this vegetarian Israeli spot, which has a number of locations in Manhattan. Many of their menu items are gluten-free as well.

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11. Chubby Princess

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200 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038
(917) 261-7445
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The former counter-service Chinese spot Tomorrow has transformed into Chubby Princess, also from Amelie Kang, the woman behind dry pot hit MáLà Project. The restaurant still serves northern Chinese food, but with more dumpling and noodle dishes, many of them priced under $10. At lunch, takeout is still available.

12. Sons of Thunder

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225 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038
(646) 822-0208
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The brothers who run Sons of Thunder have roots in Hawaii and California, near the Mexican border. This is reflected both in the decor and on their menu, which offers hot dogs, tacos, and entrees like Huli Huli chicken if the mood strikes for something other than the exceptional poke.

13. Chenny's Kitchen

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32 Cedar St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 797-9477
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Also known as Chen’s Buffet Bar, Chenny’s Kitchen has a $6.99 per pound lunch buffet with a loyal following of FiDi lunchers, which means it can get crowded. From the buffet table, nab the peppery pork chop, curry chicken, and the beef mei fun. Head there after 1:45pm, when the price becomes $3.99 until the buffet ends at 3 p.m.

14. Black Fox Coffee

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005
(917) 742-0133
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Black Fox Coffee opened in 2016 and has quickly become a FiDi go-to, serving carefully selected brews in elegant, high-ceilinged surrounds. There are a number of equally thoughtful eats, like the ginger soy chicken and avocado sandwich, which is served with spicy tomatillo relish.

15. Blue Park Kitchen

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005
(646) 921-9909
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This fast-casual spot offers filling, healthy bowls with a number of gluten-free and meatless options, with an emphasis on partnering with local, small-batch farms and women-owned businesses. Seasonal highlights include the turkey meatballs with braised red cabbage and the gluten-free aloo tikki with mixed mushrooms

16. Cava

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63 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(212) 206-2524
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Cava, a chain from DC, lets diners build their own Mediterranean-inspired bowl, which ensures a balanced mix of carbs, protein, and fats, whether that’s through a harissa roasted chicken salad with Greek vinaigrette or a pita with spicy meatballs and hummus.

A silver tray with two bowls stuffed with food till the top. A couple of drinks are also on the tray and some pita breads. Cava [Official]

17. Sweetgreen

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67 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(212) 487-9030
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The New York power lunch is not dead, it just moved to Sweetgreen. The FiDi location of the popular salad chain has a snaking line for the entire lunch hour.

18. Fuku

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110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(646) 790-8720
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David Chang’s counter-serve spot specializes in a hot chicken sandwich designed to compete with the likes of Chik-fil-A and Popeye’s. The sandwich comes with either sweet and spicy garlic chicken or the 12-spice, with a choice in spice level, as well as a side and cheesy bread and pickles.

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

A piece of fried chicken is poking out of from two buns. Slices of cucumber and cheese can be seen below the chicken. Nick Solares/Eater

19. Westville

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110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(212) 741-4780
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Westville serves up casual American eats like hot dogs and sandwiches with a twist, including a cheddar and gouda grilled cheese or a crispy vegan burger made from artichoke and quinoa, topped with housemade coconut sriracha ranch sauce. It’s got lots of salads too, though expect to pay close to $20 when adding protein.

20. Springbone Kitchen

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74 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004
(917) 639-3655
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The nourishing broths at Springbone Kitchen come with a number of optional add-ins, everything from lemon wedges to collagen protein. For hungrier diners, there’s also a selection of grain bowls with meat, fish, and veggies. It’s ideal for people on restricted diets, as it boasts that it doesn’t use refined sugars.

21. Essen Fast Slow Food

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100 Broad St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 943-0100

The steam tables at Essen boast a cornucopia of options, but its Korean offerings are especially enticing, from a solid bibimbap to a number of spicy soups and stews.

22. Bombay's

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60 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 742-2222
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Bombay’s is a classic Punjabi steam table spot, though it has a large number of a la carte options as well. The chicken, vegetable, and rice lunch special costs $10 and comes with a vegetable and choice of curry, such as korma, jalfrazie, or vindaloo. Portions are very generous.

The exterior of a restaurant with a red awning with the sign Bombay emblazoned on it
Bombay’s
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1. Shake Shack

200 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
A Shake Shack burger in a paper wrapper, on top of fries. Nick Solares/Eater

The popular burger chain has a location on the second floor of the Fulton transit hub. There’s also a Battery Park City outpost, where one can dine at a table on a patio, or get it to-go and head around the corner to the riverside, where there’s a view of the Statue of Liberty. 

200 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

2. Eataly NYC Downtown

101 Liberty St Floor 3, New York, NY 10007
A row of loaves can be seen resting on cutting boards on a wooden table. Also on the table are white plates with a variety of grains
Eataly Downtown
Nick Solares

This iconic food hall has a plethora of pasta, bread, pizza, and dessert options, and the many restaurants, and counters within serve a variety of needs. For a quick but filling meal, grab a prime rib sandwich at the rotisserie counter, or a caprese sandwich on housemade piadina at I Panini. For a lighter lunch, Pronto offers pasta salad and a selection of naturally flavored sodas from a refrigerated section. Gelato or a cannoli is available at dessert counters.

101 Liberty St Floor 3
New York, NY 10007

3. Joe’s Pizza FiDi

124 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Village slice icon Joe’s has a Fulton Street location. Classic New York pizza comes available by the slice, though pies are available too if doing a group order.

124 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038

4. Go! Go! Curry World Trade Center

12 John St, New York, NY 10038

The World Trade Center location of this affordable Japanese curry chain can get crowded, but its delicately fried katsu, served over nourishing gravy and measured portions of rice, is worth waiting for. There are also a number of toppings available, from a boiled egg to shrimp tempura.

12 John St
New York, NY 10038

5. Nish Nush

41 John St, New York, NY 10038

There are two outposts of this vegetarian Israeli kitchen, both in lower Manhattan. Stop in for hummus, chile falafel burger, cauliflower sabeh with homemade harissa, or creamy labneh with fresh pita. 

41 John St
New York, NY 10038

6. Maestro Pasta

45 John St, New York, NY 10038

Pasta clocks in at under $10 a bowl at Maestro, a bright new fast-casual spot in the same vein as the late Pasta Flyer. The menu features fresh, springy pasta and build-your-own sauces with meat, seafood, and veggie add-ons, as well as daily sauce specials, such as curry or honey mustard with roast chicken. A new option allows diners who are looking for a lighter lunch to opt for half-servings.

45 John St
New York, NY 10038

7. 西安名吃 Xi'an Famous Foods

8 Liberty Pl, New York, NY 10038
Xi’an Famous Foods’ spicy cumin lamb noodles sit on a white plate as a person pulls them up
Xi’an Famous Foods’ spicy cumin lamb noodles
Nick Solares/Eater

Popular Chinese noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods has a location in FiDi, where there’s plenty of narrow communal seating to have a steaming plate of slippery, tongue-tingling spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles and a cold soda. The dumplings here aren’t bad either, but the chile-studded cucumber salad is the side dish to get. 

8 Liberty Pl
New York, NY 10038

8. The Kati Roll Company

22 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

Nothing says a quick and easy meal like a crisp, hot kati roll, with a flaky, egg-lined paratha stuffed with spicy meat or vegetables. The mango lassi helps wash it all down on days when such indulgence is called for. The Maiden Lane location also serves coffee, tea, egg rolls, and Nutella parathas at breakfast.

22 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038

9. Bao Bao Café

106 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

The noodle soups at Bao Bao are spiced with Sichuan peppercorn, which means they are best washed down with a glug of sweet, iced Hong Kong milk tea, with a refreshing tea egg or marinated baby octopus on the side. There’s a second location in Gramercy.

106 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10006

10. Taïm

75 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038
A plate with hummus with red powder and oil sprinkled on top, a cut up boiled egg next to it, along with greens and a piece of pita Robert Sietsema

Order the piping hot falafel in pita with as many toppings as can fit at this vegetarian Israeli spot, which has a number of locations in Manhattan. Many of their menu items are gluten-free as well.

75 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038

11. Chubby Princess

200 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038

The former counter-service Chinese spot Tomorrow has transformed into Chubby Princess, also from Amelie Kang, the woman behind dry pot hit MáLà Project. The restaurant still serves northern Chinese food, but with more dumpling and noodle dishes, many of them priced under $10. At lunch, takeout is still available.

200 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038

12. Sons of Thunder

225 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038

The brothers who run Sons of Thunder have roots in Hawaii and California, near the Mexican border. This is reflected both in the decor and on their menu, which offers hot dogs, tacos, and entrees like Huli Huli chicken if the mood strikes for something other than the exceptional poke.

225 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038

13. Chenny's Kitchen

32 Cedar St, New York, NY 10038

Also known as Chen’s Buffet Bar, Chenny’s Kitchen has a $6.99 per pound lunch buffet with a loyal following of FiDi lunchers, which means it can get crowded. From the buffet table, nab the peppery pork chop, curry chicken, and the beef mei fun. Head there after 1:45pm, when the price becomes $3.99 until the buffet ends at 3 p.m.

32 Cedar St
New York, NY 10038

14. Black Fox Coffee

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

Black Fox Coffee opened in 2016 and has quickly become a FiDi go-to, serving carefully selected brews in elegant, high-ceilinged surrounds. There are a number of equally thoughtful eats, like the ginger soy chicken and avocado sandwich, which is served with spicy tomatillo relish.

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

15. Blue Park Kitchen

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

This fast-casual spot offers filling, healthy bowls with a number of gluten-free and meatless options, with an emphasis on partnering with local, small-batch farms and women-owned businesses. Seasonal highlights include the turkey meatballs with braised red cabbage and the gluten-free aloo tikki with mixed mushrooms

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

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16. Cava

63 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
A silver tray with two bowls stuffed with food till the top. A couple of drinks are also on the tray and some pita breads. Cava [Official]

Cava, a chain from DC, lets diners build their own Mediterranean-inspired bowl, which ensures a balanced mix of carbs, protein, and fats, whether that’s through a harissa roasted chicken salad with Greek vinaigrette or a pita with spicy meatballs and hummus.

63 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

17. Sweetgreen

67 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

The New York power lunch is not dead, it just moved to Sweetgreen. The FiDi location of the popular salad chain has a snaking line for the entire lunch hour.

67 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

18. Fuku

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
A piece of fried chicken is poking out of from two buns. Slices of cucumber and cheese can be seen below the chicken. Nick Solares/Eater

David Chang’s counter-serve spot specializes in a hot chicken sandwich designed to compete with the likes of Chik-fil-A and Popeye’s. The sandwich comes with either sweet and spicy garlic chicken or the 12-spice, with a choice in spice level, as well as a side and cheesy bread and pickles.

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

19. Westville

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Westville serves up casual American eats like hot dogs and sandwiches with a twist, including a cheddar and gouda grilled cheese or a crispy vegan burger made from artichoke and quinoa, topped with housemade coconut sriracha ranch sauce. It’s got lots of salads too, though expect to pay close to $20 when adding protein.

110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

20. Springbone Kitchen

74 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

The nourishing broths at Springbone Kitchen come with a number of optional add-ins, everything from lemon wedges to collagen protein. For hungrier diners, there’s also a selection of grain bowls with meat, fish, and veggies. It’s ideal for people on restricted diets, as it boasts that it doesn’t use refined sugars.

74 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004

21. Essen Fast Slow Food

100 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

The steam tables at Essen boast a cornucopia of options, but its Korean offerings are especially enticing, from a solid bibimbap to a number of spicy soups and stews.

100 Broad St
New York, NY 10004

22. Bombay's

60 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
The exterior of a restaurant with a red awning with the sign Bombay emblazoned on it
Bombay’s
Bombay’s [Official]

Bombay’s is a classic Punjabi steam table spot, though it has a large number of a la carte options as well. The chicken, vegetable, and rice lunch special costs $10 and comes with a vegetable and choice of curry, such as korma, jalfrazie, or vindaloo. Portions are very generous.

60 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004

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