The attorneys, lower Manhattan developers, and insurance salespeople in the micro-micro-neighborhood of West Tribeca have much more to choose from than the nearby celebrity-chef flagships home-style international bites, in particular. But for a business lunch, theyre still best off at Bouley.
Bouley Lunch at David Bouleys flagship features four- and five-course tasting menus focused on the local and seasonal at half the price of dinner. Among the options: Chatham cod with truffle-infused dashi and Pennsylvania chicken baked in buttermilk. Opt for the five-course and get the Wild King salmon with clementines or Long Island duckling with blond wild rice. 120 W. Broadway, at Duane St.; 212-964-2525.
Ecco! Shooting the breeze at the bar of this old-world Italian saloon helps relieve boardroom stress and makes you eligible for the prix fixe $20.07 lunch. (The oversize booths are better for quiet chats and lingering over antipasti.) Bring your Marlon Brando appetite: The hearty portions of veal scaloppine with white wine and artichokes and the tomato-based casalinga sauce laced with whole-milk ricotta might otherwise overwhelm you. 124 Chambers St., nr. W. Broadway; 212-227-7074.
The Soda Shop The dark wood and old-school bric-a-brac at this nostalgic parlor make for a comfy atmosphere, and the Americana extends to dishes like roast turkey with sweet and spongy bread stuffing and tender pot roast with garlicky veggies and mashed potatoes. If youre comfortable with doing so in the company of office buddies, we encourage you to order a magenta cherry-lime ricky or chocolate milk. 125 Chambers St., nr. W. Broadway; 212-571-1100.
Pan Latin Cafe Cross the West Side Highway for views of the Hudson, wi-fi, daily papers, and sticky guava chicken with caramelized plantains, black beans, and yellow rice with a fresh mini-salad. Whatever meal you choose, order it with a house-made bread like pan de queso, a less greasy Columbian version of the more familiar Brazilian pao. 400 Chambers St., at River Terrace; 212-571-3860
Kiva Cafe The jazz on the speakers, Dwell magazines, and variety of teas make the tiny Kiva an inviting place to linger. Surf on your laptop between spoonfuls of one of the two rich soups of the day, or nibble on a moist and flaky leek quiche.139 Reade St., nr. Washington St.; 212-587-1198.
Fresh Pie Among the pumpkin, cherry, and pecan desserts lurk savory six-inch treasures like the chicken potpie and even tastier shepherd's pie, which boasts a well-browned head of buttery mashed potatoes and Worcestershire-spiked ground beef dotted with nuggets of carrots, peas, and corn. Buy a sweet, cinnamony apple pocket for later.149 Church St., nr. Chambers St.; 347-668-2037.
Ceci-Cela Friends split rich French desserts like the Opera cake here, but we recommend paninis filled with ham or brie or a sliced-open everything bagel-stick topped with cream cheese and a delicate row of cucumber and tomato. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee clairs make perfect portable sweets. 166 Chambers St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-566-8933.
Amish Market This produce-and-ethnic-goodies grocery also serves square slices of marinara pizza piled with plum tomatoes and chopped parsley and garlic in addition to meatier options like chicken shish kebab with rice and veggies. You can pick up Kinder chocolates and Feta for home on your way out. 53 Park Pl., nr. W. Broadway; 212-608-3863.