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    Scientists and Surgeons Get Asian Takeout and Italian Standards Around 65th andThe folks from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Weill-Cornell Medical, and Rockefeller University working in the micro-micro-neighborhood around 65th Street and First Avenue feast at tasty ethnic joints and cozy trattorias.
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    Ph.D.’s, M.D.’s Get Casual Eats, Tons of Takeout Around AmsterdamIn the micro-micro neighborhood centered around Amsterdam Avenue and 113th Street, Columbia students cram for exams at coffee shops and bistros while St. Luke’s Hospital workers grab quick bites from specialty delis.
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    Developers and Insurance Salesman Get Comfort Food Near West Broadway andThe 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, they’re still best off at Bouley.
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    Docs and Journos Get the Greenmarket and Kosher Classics Around 70th andThe micro-micro-neighborhood centered around 70th Street and Columbus Avenue boasts upscale haunts and casual wine bars for private-practice doctors, ABC staffers, and Apple Bank employees, while the area’s cozy cafés cater to freelancers and thirtysomething stroller-pushers.
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    Students, Shrinks, and Editors Chow Down around Fifth Avenue and 14th StreetSmall, refined ethnic restaurants and sunny cafés around 14th Street and Fifth Avenue sate Union Square shoppers, Village students and profs, and lower Fifth’s editors, publicists, and psychiatrists.
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    Simple and Stylish Lunches for Bookworms, Fashionistas Where Noho Meets NolitaAround the intersection of Broadway and Houston, fashion retailers, gallery sitters, and workers from the Scholastic building can walk north and east for good, cheap NYU eats, or south and west for something with a little more Soho finesse.
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    Cops and Professors Get Their Pick of Chinese and More Around Mulberry and CanalCops and city workers rub elbows with professors, bankers, and the courthouse crowd in the micro-micro-neighborhood around Mulberry and Canal Streets. In addition to fine Chinese, you’ll find everything from Malaysian and Vietnamese to Italian and New American.
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    Marketers and Finance Guys Get Crêpes and Martinis Around Third and 38thHorizon Media and Neuberger Berman employees dine next to private-practice doctors and lawyers in the micro-micro-neighborhood around Third Avenue and 38th Street. Located just southeast of Grand Central, upper Murray Hill offers an array of edibles ranging from hearty Italian to messy American to faux French.
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    Doctors and Teachers Tuck Into Asian and More Around Elmhurst’s Broadway andThe micro-micro-neighborhood centered around Broadway and Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst is one of the most diverse areas in the entire world, but Asian cuisine provides the best lunch options. The staffs of nearby Newtown High School and Elmhurst Hospital Center, as well as local real-estate agents and China Trust Bank workers, have no shortage of interesting places to nosh.
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    Bankers Find Truck-Made Pizza and Sushi Down Alleys Near 47th and ParkThe bankers and financial planners in the tightly packed area around 47th Street and Park Avenue have two choices for good lunch: Wait on line at often less-than-stellar carts that line Park, or head one avenue east for some of the best cheap international food in the city.
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    Doctors and Lawyers Look Beyond Burgers Around 72nd and SecondStrollers crisscross with lawyers and Lenox Hill Hospital workers in the micro-micro-neighborhood centered around 72nd Street and Second Avenue. Indian and Mexican food are noticeably underrepresented, but you can still find damn good diner eats, tasty burgers, and above-average Chinese takeout.
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    Cops and Law Clerks Plunder Expansive Eats in Downtown Brooklyn SouthLaw clerks, business people, cops, and hospital workers all earn their paychecks here, and downtown’s wealth of food options matches their diversity: comfy cafés, old-school pubs, stylish hot spots, and more share this micro-micro-neighborhood centered around the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.
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    Banker Cash Meets Working-Class Eats in Flatiron SouthThe micro-micro-neighborhood centered around Broadway and 20th happens to be the capital of Danny Meyer’s small but beloved empire of restaurants, where Credit Suisse First Boston financiers do lunch; actors and temps, meanwhile, have an array of lowbrow eats to choose from.
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    Haute Fast Food and International Fare for East Chelsea GearheadsIt’s a challenge for the young designers and Silicon Alley gearheads who work their magic around here to find something beyond pizza or deli-food for lunch — particularly in the environs near the Fashion Institute of Technology and the flower district, practically a culinary wasteland. Still, in the micro-micro-neighborhood surrounding Seventh Avenue and 22nd Street, there’s options running the gamut from Japanese and European street food to regional Italian and Persian fare.
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    Hell’s Kitchen Northeast’s Holes-in-the-Wall for HotshotsIf the gangs who once ruled Hell’s Kitchen could see the neighborhood now, filled with media hotshots and admen from places like Hearst, Random House, Time Warner, and Ogilvy, they’d no doubt shake down the few fancier restaurateurs and then duck into one of the tiny Asian or Middle Eastern joints for a cheap plate of stir-fry, noodles, or spicy kebabs. Behind the countless family-owned storefronts in the micro-micro-neighborhood centered around 53rd Street and Ninth Avenue, you can find some of midtown’s most enlivening flavors and aromatic, well-spiced cooking.
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    Lower West Village Offers Niche Lunches for Its ‘Creatives’ andWhere the West Village edges into Tribeca, you’ll find publishing and advertising execs in the Saatchi Building, government employees off Houston, and union carpenters and hip-hop studio workers. Lunch-wise, nearly all ethnicities are well represented, and independently owned niche foodie destinations far outnumber franchises. Jane Jacobs, the famed urban planner who lived nearby, would be proud. Welcome to the micro-micro-neighborhood around the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Leroy Street.
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    Worldly Lunching Around Rockefeller CenterNobody wants to walk more than three blocks for lunch during the workday. In this series, we’ll comb the city’s micro-micro-neighborhoods in search of affordable spots for dining with co-workers, eating solo, or just getting takeout. Today: The area around the intersection of 48th Street and Sixth Avenue.
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    Lower–Murray Hill LunchesNobody wants to walk more than three blocks for lunch during the workday. We comb the city’s micro-micro-neighborhoods in search of affordable spots for dining with co-workers, eating solo, or just getting takeout. Today: The area around the intersection of 27th Street and Third Avenue.
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    Working Lunch: Financial District EastNobody wants to walk more than three blocks for lunch during the workday. In this series, we’ll comb the city’s micro-micro-neighborhoods in search of affordable spots for dining with co-workers, eating solo, or just getting takeout. Today: The area around the intersection of William Street and Liberty Street.