Healthy lunch options during jury duty (NYC)

I had jury duty for the first time ever this week. The Centre Street courts are deliciously close to Chinatown and a huge plate of noodles was a definite consideration as I headed downtown on Monday morning. But after sitting around all day, eating a heavy meal didn’t sound so good to me any more. Also, we had Chinese food for dinner the night before. (If you were to ask “Who cooks?” in our house the answer would be “Mee Noodle Shop.”)

I searched the internet to find a list of “healthy lunch options for jury duty” and got bupkis. There are tons of recommendations for lunch, but none are for the healthy eater. So I wanted to share with you where I ended up eating, and what your healthy choices are for lunch near Centre Street.

These are all a short walk from the Centre Street courts.

390 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

This place is fabulous but its packed to the brim at dinner time. When I walked in for lunch I had my pick of seats and very prompt service. My kale & avocado salad was topped with hake and was seriously delicious and very filling. I pulled out my laptop to do some work here and it was totally acceptable.

Seamore's on Broome Street
Seamore’s on Broome Street

Two Hands
164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

This Aussie-run health spot is the best. I’d been here on other occasions and realized it was totally walking distance to the courts. They have incredible coffee and bright, fresh food. You can’t go wrong.

lunch at Two Hands
lunch at Two Hands

239 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

This is considered their SoHo location, and I will be a good New Yorker and argue this is more Chinatown/Little Italy than SoHo. Either way, it’s located on Centre street, just 2 blocks or so from the courts. They have French-inspired salads, sandwiches and quiche.

Maman NYC
photo from Maman’s website

Mulberry and Vine 
73 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

This is a class to-go lunch spot.  Mulberry and Vine has delicious proteins and diverse healthy sides. They also have fresh juices, which I am into.

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from Mulberry and Vine’s site


379 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

This place specialized in Greek yogurt, so you might prefer it for a pre-court breakfast. You can also get bulletproof (aka butter) coffee here. More on bulletproof coffee here.

my lunch (brownie I ate while waiting to be rung up not pictured and not so good)

Cafe Clementine 
227 W Broadway (at White St.), New York, NY 10013

There is the kind of place where you’ll definitely end up with sprouts in your sandwich. There’s also the option to ditch the bread altogether and have your lunch wrapped in lettuce.

Cafe Clementine
borrowed from Grand Tribeca hotel’s site

Wild Ginger
380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

This vegan Thai place is delicious. It might be technically vegetarian, since that’s what the sign says, but I thought inside the menu said it was vegan. Wild Ginger is good about telling you every ingredient involved in a dish in the event you have allergies or a stick up your butt.

Wild Ginger

Need a coffee break?

Happy Bones 
394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

La Colombe Torrefaction
319 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

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