Best Jury Duty Lunch in Manhattan

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Have jury duty? Here are the top-rated restaurants for jury duty lunch in Manhattan.

Blaue Gans
European · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“First-rate” Wiener schnitzel heads the list of “hearty” Austro-German dishes at Kurt Gutenbrunner’s “down-to-earth” neighborhood TriBeCan, abetted by “wonderful” Teutonic brews; the “artsy poster-clad” room is “simple” but “cool” , while “fair prices” and “pleasant” staffers add to the “gemütlich” mood.
Excellent Dumpling House
Chinatown · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 2.5 · Service 3.2

There's “no false advertising” at this Chinatowner where the “name-says-it-all” dumplings are served with equally “worthwhile” Shanghainese plates; true, there's “no atmosphere” and service is of the “rush-you-out” variety, but “at these prices, who cares?”
Great NY Noodletown
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.5 · Service 3.2

“Surrender to the crowd experience” and “sit with strangers” at this “chaotic” C-town noodle shop known for “dirt-cheap” Cantonese eats (and “delicious” salt-baked seafood) served into the wee hours; not so great is “zero decor” , no credit cards and “difficult” service.
Nha Trang Centre
Chinatown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.5

“Fantastic” pho and other “authentic” Vietnamese eats trump “institutional decor” and the “rushed service you'd expect” at these “hole-in-the-wall” Chinatown joints; the “incredibly reasonable” prices alone make them “worth a stop” even if you're not on jury duty.
The Odeon
French · TriBeCa · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Historical hipness” clings to this “sexy-smart” TriBeCa bistro that’s enjoying something of a rebirth with the renaissance of the Financial District; “solid” Franco-American fare, a “vibrant” mood and the addition of breakfast service are reasons why it “seems fresher” than ever to its perpetually “cool crowd.”
Nha Trang One
Vietnamese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.5

“Fantastic” pho and other “authentic” Vietnamese eats trump “institutional decor” and the “rushed service you'd expect” at these “hole-in-the-wall” Chinatown joints; the “incredibly reasonable” prices alone make them “worth a stop” even if you're not on jury duty.
Takahachi Tribeca
TriBeCa · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

“Creative sushi” and “excellent” Japanese home-cooking basics at a favorable “quality-to-price ratio” earn these neighborhood spots “favorite” status; a “helpful” staff adds warmth to the “nothing-fancy” setups, which “bustle” at prime times.
Xi’an Famous Foods
Chinese · Chinatown · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.4

Fans of “banging” hand-pulled noodles discover “fiery” “nirvana” at this “burgeoning” Western Chinese chain also famed for cumin-lamb burgers so “insanely good” that they have their own “cult following” ; “zero decor” and “cramped” seating are offset by ultra- “cheap” tabs.
Zucker's Bagels & Smoked Fish
Brunch · TriBeCa · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

These “real-deal” delis from the family behind Murray’s Bagels supply “high-quality” bagels with a “nice, chewy texture” alongside “delicious spreads” including “incredible” smoked fish; service is “no-nonsense” and the decor “nonexistent” but they’re “busy for a reason.”