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Flatiron Specialty

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Eataly
200 5th Ave., Flatiron
This is kind of foodie nirvana, care of Mario Batali. Essentially Costco-sized, this Italian gourmet grocery store stocks aisle after aisle of the best artisanal ingredients, including truly fantastic fresh pasta. Throughout the space (which also includes cookware), you’ll find plenty of places to sit down and eat. While there are several gussied-up Batali restaurants upstairs, including a rooftop birreria, we find the best way to experience Eataly it is to grab a seat at one of the many bar-size specialty eateries scattered across the main shop floor. Understandably, they offer an excellent array of gelato.
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Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop
174 5th Ave., Flatiron
Eisenberg’s has been serving deli sandwiches and egg creams to New Yorkers since 1929, and while these types of delis are a dying breed at this point, owner Josh Konecky will proudly tell you that Eisenberg’s and its old-school style are here to stay. The menu offers all of the classics, from pastrami to BLTs to tuna melts, and regulars like to hang out at the counter and chat with the chefs (and Josh himself, of course, as he can usually be found somewhere on the premises). When you order your lunch to-go, they’ll package it '50s-style, in wax paper and a brown lunch bag with your name on it.
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Just Salad
315 Park Ave. S., Flatiron
Just Salad was an early adopter of the fast casual dining option, and they now have locations in practically every New York neighborhood. While they have some great existing menu options (including a few rotating seasonal choices), the main move here is to create your own salad and have it chopped. The ingredients are always really fresh, as they source them from within 350 miles of the restaurant at New York, New Jersey, and Vermont farms; everything is organic and exclusively non-GMO. Other locations: Flatiron, Fashion District, Financial District (on Broad St., Gold St., and Broadway), 30 Rock, Murray Hill, Chelsea (there's one on 8th Avenue and one on 6th Avenue), World Wide Plaza, Lexington, Park Slope, Downtown, Upper East Side (on 3rd Avenue and also on 1st Avenue), Hudson Square, Downtown Brooklyn, Macy’s Herald Square, Upper West Side, and the Woolworth Building.
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Toby’s Estate
Flatiron Building, 5th Ave., Flatiron
This is one of few places around that roasts their own beans, which are responsibly sourced from all over the globe. Meanwhile all four Toby's Estate locations (the other three are spread out between Williamsburg, the West Village, and Midtown) are consistently simple and comfortable in design—think communal tables, couches, and excellent lighting. Yes, it's a great set-up for work, but also worth stopping by on your day off for a simple and hearty lunch. (They also offer a random assortment of classes in everything from art to cupping.)
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