Where to get lunch in the East Village

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  • Photograph: Annabelle Nyst

    Xi'an Famous Foods

    Xi'an Famous Foods

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Cowgirl's Baking

    Cowgirl's Baking

  • Photograph: Jeff Gurwin

    DBGB Kitchen & Bar

    DBGB Kitchen & Bar

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Veselka

    Veselka

Photograph: Annabelle Nyst

Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods

Quick bite: Xi'an Famous Foods
The East Village got noodle bona fides when excellent Queens chainlet Xi'an Famous Foods opened this diminutive takeout shop. As at the other locations, the regional eats from northwestern China, like the cumin-laced lamb burgers ($3) and silky liang pi steamed and cut noodles ($4--$4.50), are as addictive as they are affordable. 81 St. Marks Pl between First and Second Aves (xianfoods.com)—Mari Uyehara

Quick bite: Cowgirl's Baking
This bright little vegan caf is made all the more cozy by a cushion-covered bay-window seat and a display case full of colorful house-baked treats. Sandwiches here are laden with meat—actually flavored textured vegetable protein (TVP). The signature Patsy Cline ($10) is a worthy meal: spicy faux salami, ham, convincing cheese and pepperoncini, all doused in a cooling soy-based mayonnaise. Don't leave without dessert, though. The Coffee & Donut cupcake is a dense chocolate-and-coffee-flavored cake slathered in chocolate-coffee buttercream and topped with an airy miniature vegan doughnut ($4). 259 E 10th St between First Ave and Ave A (646-449-0469, cowgirlsbaking.com)—Claire Zahm

Business: DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Scoring a table at Daniel Boulud's packed downtown brasserie is nearly impossible during the raucous nightly crush, but you can easily slip in with a team of cohorts during the more civilized daylight hours. Buttery gray leather booths offer privacy and comfort for hatching your next blockbuster business plan. Hearty plates, like the porky beaujolaise sausage with lentils ($14), and the three-course prix fixe (available Monday--Friday noon--3pm; $24.07) provide the fuel. 299 Bowery at E Houston St (212-933-5300, danielnyc.com)—MU

Delivery: Veselka
Although this 24-hour institution is best known for sating boozed-up diners into the wee hours, its menu of Ukrainian-influenced comfort food still hits the spot in broad daylight. Satisfying house specialties, like the fried pierogi and thick grilled burger on a seeded Amy's Bread bun, arrive piping hot via speedy delivery. 144 Second Ave at 9th St (212-228-9682, veselka.com)—MU

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