1. The Orchard162 Orchard St., nr. stanton St.; 212-353-3570John LaFemina (ápizz), branches out from his strictly Italian roots with pan-seared foie gras, poached halibut with black-bean salad, and flatbreads topped with everything from steak tartare to duck confit.2. Zucco: Le French Diner 188 Orchard St., nr. Houston St; 212-677-5200Zucco’s menu features tasty sandwiches on crusty baguettes and entrées like cassoulet, moules marinières, and grilled tuna à la Provençale—what the owner shruggingly refers to as typical French truck-stop fare.3. Falai Panetteria79 Clinton St., at Rivington St.; 212-777-8956This bakery-café, the casual spinoff of Falai up the street, serves soup and sandwiches at lunch, baked pastas at night, and some much-talked-about meatballs.