Where to get lunch on the Lower East Side



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Frankies 17 Spuntino

Frankies 17 Spuntino

Quick bite: Meatball Shop
Even on weekdays, wait times for tables can climb up to two hours at this ultra-popular ode to the favorite dish. Beat the system by placing your order at the takeout counter or calling ahead for pickup. You'll be back at your desk devouring your spicy pork spheres and seasonal salad before the meatball-hungry hordes can see the front of the line. 84 Stanton St between Allen and Orchard Sts (212-982-8895, themeatballshop.com)

Business: Schiller's Liquor Bar
Professionals looking to escape the LES scrum can duck into Keith McNally's airy, white-tiled tavern for brainstorming sessions. Ample sunny space and a low-key vibe mean you can hash out your dealings in peace, while seasonal cocktails and a simple wine list can help get the creative juices flowing. The steak frites ($21) are your best bet on the mixed menu of Continental eats. 131 Rivington St at Norfolk St (212-260-4555, schillersny.com)


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