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Shop Local, then Eat

Nothing stirs the appetite—or need for a stiff drink—like a Saturday-afternoon crush at the Union Square Greenmarket. Here’s where to go for lunch afterward.

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  1. 1. Bar Stuzzichini

    928 Broadway, nr. 22nd St.; 212-780-5100

    This new restaurant, named after the Italian word for snacks, has added lunch and brunch to its repertoire, including an excellent torta di spaghetti and a salsiccia “burger,” inspired by the street-cart staple.

  2. 2. Union Square Cafe

    21 E. 16th St., nr. Union Sq. W.; 212-243-4020

    Go for the excellent tuna-salad sandwich, and look for Greenmarket specials like the recent strawberry tasting menu.

  3. 3. Bar Jamón

    125 E. 17th St., nr. Irving Pl.; 212-253-2773

    It’s horribly crowded at night, but if you go on a weekend afternoon, you lessen your chances of being jabbed in the ribs or poked in the eye.

  4. 4. City Bakery

    3 W. 18th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-366-1414

    Heavenly pastries beckon from the checkout counter. Pre-dessert, there are inspired soups, sandwiches, and the only salad bar we obsess over.


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