Where to get lunch in Downtown Brooklyn and Dumbo

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  • Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

    Brooklyn Fare

    Brooklyn Fare

  • Photograph: Jenna Andrews

    Superfine

    Superfine

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    Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches

    Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches

Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

Brooklyn Fare

Brooklyn Fare

Quick bite: Brooklyn Fare
Reservations are booked six weeks out for chef Cesar Ramirez's two-Michelin-star Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, but diners can get a taste of the toque's handiwork by checking out the market's prepared-foods selection. The options in the expansive glass display case rotate daily, including large-grain Israeli couscous with sweet yellow raisins and dried cranberries. Choose three vegetarian dishes for $8, or pay by the pound to work in any of the six daily meat entres or cold cuts (per pound $6--$19). Load up at the grocery counter, then claim one of the few indoor seats by the exit or mosey to nearby Columbus Park to enjoy. 200 Schermerhorn St between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Downtown Brooklyn (718-243-0050, brooklynfare.com)

Business lunch: Superfine
This high-ceilinged Dumbo tavern offers a refuge from the hustle of Downtown Brooklyn—and rocks a seasonal menu that varies based on the availability of local ingredients. Staples include a killer burger made with organic-grass-fed beef from small Brooklyn butcher Heights Prime Meats, served with hand-cut shoestring fries. The three-tiered dining room divides the cavernous space into intimate nooks—ideal for a casual business lunch. 126 Front St at Pearl St, Dumbo (718-243-9005, no website)

Delivery: Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
This microchain provides a quick option for worker bees too busy to leave the hive. The traditional sandwich ($5.50) blends rich, salty pt with ground pork and cha lua (a Vietnamese sausage spiked with fish sauce), all paired with tangy pickled veggies and enveloped in a soft white or wheat French baguette. It travels well, as does the pho: a tub of briny beef broth delivered with a separate container of protein (chicken, pork, beef or tofu; $8.50). Stir in crunchy bean sprouts, jalapeo and cilantro, slurp it down and get back to work. 311 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Downtown Brooklyn (718-855-8838, nickyssandwiches.com)

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