Where to get lunch in Williamsburg

Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein



Quick bite: Saltie
Former Diner chef Caroline Fidanza and her partners know how to design a sandwich. Smart, inventive flavors and mega visual appeal make the sammies at her nautical-themed takeout spot one of the 'burg's best portable lunches. The line moves surprisingly quickly given that choosing between the Captain's Daughter—sardines, pickled egg and salsa verde—and the Little Chef, with its mortadella, pecorino and green-olive tapenade, is nearly impossible. Sandwiches run a reasonable $9 to $10; grab one to go and head back to your desk to finish that screenplay. 378 Metropolitan Ave between Havemeyer and Marcy Sts (718-387-4777, saltieny.com)

Business lunch: Sweetwater Restaurant
Business lunching in this neighborhood rarely involves pinstripes and power meals. Billyburg's arty set prefers a more casual setting, and this charming local favorite fits the bill, with warm vintage decor that's mature enough for talking shop over the well-executed American menu. If the Canadian-bacon-and-goat-cheese panino ($10) is too rich, try the quinoa burger with jalapeo jam ($10) to fuel your next graphic-design brainstorm. 105 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (718-963-0608, sweetwaterny.com)

Delivery: Fornino
Soggy slices are ubiquitous in New York lunch rooms. But the thin-crust pies from Michael Ayoub's pizza joint come garnished with ingredients you won't find at the rest (herbs from Southampton, white-truffle oil, pecorino), and they stay crisp until they hit your desk. Ayoub's wood-fired oven turns out an authentically bright and simple Margherita with the perfect ratio of crust to gooey house-made mozzarella ($9), but the end of a meeting-packed morning calls for the hearty patate e salsiccia ($14), piled with fennel sausage, fingerling potatoes and fontina cheese. 187 Bedford Ave at North 7th St (718-384-6004, forninopizza.com)