If you want to start the day someplace very low-key, get breakfast at Pearl Diner. Between the swivel stools, booths with rips covered in duct tape, and regulars screaming across the room about their coffee and tuna fish sandwich to go, it feels like things probably haven’t changed much since this old-school diner opened more than 50 years ago. The huge menu ranges from omelettes and pancakes to triple decker sandwiches and shrimp marinara. If you come in the morning, try the big, fluffy Belgian waffles with eggs and bacon that costs about $8, and for lunch, get one of the more than 40 types of burgers, like the one with ideal proportions of ham, mushroom, and fried onions.
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With a couple of locations around the city, Luke’s Lobster is a casual spot to grab a good, simple lobster roll.
The Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is free, and you can use it to get to and from Staten Island. Or you can treat it like a floating bar with an outdoor deck.
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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A Korean-ish small plates spot in the East Village that’s affordable, tasty, and really fun.
A nice, big Bushwick restaurant with interesting pastas. It's not quite a destination, but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
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Leo’s Bagels arguably has some of the best bagels in the city and their egg and cheese sandwich will make your FiDi mornings better.
B & H Dairy
B&H Dairy in the East Village is one of the last kosher lunch counters in the city, and they make fantastic tuna melts, latkes, and borscht.
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