Along with a miniature Statue Of Liberty replica and a beer on the ferry after work, the best way to spend $10 in FiDi is lunch at Xi’an Famous Foods. Get two spicy cumin lamb burgers, or the intensely spicy hand-ripped noodles, and sit at a counter seat along the wall or eat in Zuccotti Park a block away.
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Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit is part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and the best place to drink in FiDi.
Hudson Eats is a massive food hall on the western side of the Financial District where it would be hard not to find something for your weekday lunch.
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Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
If you want a fun spot for a group meal in Sunset Park, go to Hot Space. It’s a Szechuan spot specializing in whole fish with various sauces.
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Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles serves, yep you guessed it - hand-pulled noodles, in Chinatown.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Noodle Bar 2.0 (in the Time Warner Center) still has a downtown feel, and the food is really good.
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