Where to get lunch in the West Village



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Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese

Quick bite: Murray's Cheese
This landmark purveyor of esteemed curds also dishes out stellar grab-and-go salads, soups and build-your-own melts, featuring Sullivan Street bread and the shop's top-notch cheese selections. Create your own sandwich or go straight for one of the house specialties, such as the Nor-easter—braised pork belly, pesto mayonnaise and smoked mozzarella melted between slices of sourdough pullman ($6.99). 254 Bleecker St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-243-3289, murrayscheese.com)

Business: Perry St
While there's no shortage of quaint cafs in the West Village, there's only one choice for formal daytime dining: Perry St. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's downtown charmer has all the trappings of a midtown power player—a genteel matre d', creamy leather banquettes, a pricey wine list—but the glass-encased dining room offers serene views of the Hudson, instead of Fifth Avenue's honking throngs. The three-course lunch prix fixe (available Monday--Friday noon--3pm and Saturday, Sunday 11am--3:30pm; $26) showcases refined seasonal fare, like a chilled peekytoe crab salad lightly spiced with cumin-mayonnaise and topped with paper-thin shavings of radish, asparagus and baby zucchini. 176 Perry St at West St (212-352-1900, jean-georges.com)

Delivery: Taim
Falafel competition is fierce in the nabe (Mamoun's and Moustache are blocks away), but the superlative chickpea fritters at this Middle Eastern takeout shop are moist inside, crisp on the outside and available in three different flavors: roasted red pepper; harissa with Tunisian spices; and parsley, cilantro and mint. Lightning -fast delivery assures that the nutty spheres arrive still crispy whether you get yours in a pita with hummus, tahini and tangy coleslaw ($5.25) or on a plate of spreads and salads ($10). Don't overlook the smoothies ($5) in exotic flavors such as date lime. 222 Waverly Pl between Perry and W 11th Sts (212-691-1287, taimfalafel.com)

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