Where to get lunch in Soho

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Francois Payard Bakery

    Francois Payard Bakery

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    David Burke Kitchen

    David Burke Kitchen

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Snack

    Snack

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Francois Payard Bakery

Francois Payard Bakery

Quick bite: Francois Payard Bakery
You'll find more than just pastries at FPB. From 11am to 2pm, nab a combo deal on soup and a sandwich ($11), with options including smoked turkey and Swiss on a dense, chewy pretzel roll (crisped on a sandwich press) or a molten, bchamel-laden ham-and-Gruyre croque-monsieur on fluffy pullman bread (each la carte $7.50). If you feel like sampling some of the sweets, try the signature Papa Payard ($4.25), an apple-and-pear custard in a twice-baked pastry shell, or the seasonal gteau roul ($4), with wild strawberries and banana--passion-fruit mousse spiraled into vanilla sponge cake. 116 W Houston St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-995-0888, fpbnyc.com)

Business lunch: David Burke Kitchen
Duck into the lower level of the James New York hotel and you'll find a cavernous space that belies its basement digs, with a skylight, ground-level windows and a sloped interior "roof" of reclaimed- wood beams. The dining room lets you conduct your affairs in relative quiet, thanks in part to a chef's carving station in the center that buffers other diners' chatter. Start off with one of the house "snacks," like savory-sweet skewers of maple-bacon--wrapped dates, which are stuffed with peanut butter ($7). Then continue to sample the menu's bold combos in a three-course prix fixe ($24.07), which could include crispy octopus with lime yogurt and chorizo,  or an herbed mac and cheese topped with a prosciutto-wrapped egg. 23 Grand St at Sixth Ave (212-201-9119, davidburkekitchen.com)

Delivery: Snack
Why fight over one of the five tables at this diminutive Greek eatery when the full menu is available for quick delivery? Fill up on Aegean specialties such as traditional avgolemono (a light and lemony chicken soup with orzo) or hot pitas with assorted spreads like creamy potato-garlic skordalia ($6.25). The lamb sandwich ($10) is a satisfying meal, starring meat seasoned with a blend of oregano, thyme and citrus, then braised for three hours. The tender result is complemented by roasted tomatoes, arugula and ciabatta that can stand up to all the juices. 105 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-925-1040, snackny.com)

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