I work down on Broad Street these days, just below the Stock Exchange. There are actually a number of good restaurants in the Financial District, if you've got time for a sit-down meal, but if you just want to grab and go, you're basically limited to above-average but expensive and nothing really special franchise outlets, (Pret a Manger, Cosi, Hale and Hearty Soups, the local Mangia) or standard-issue Korean delis. Bleh.
Which is why I was delighted to discover Cafe Doppio (55 Broad St, at the corner of Broad and Beaver Streets) this week. They have about ten fresh homemade soups on offer every day, plus salads and sandwiches, all reasonably priced. (Coffee's quite good too, as you'd expect from a place named after a double espresso.)
I tried three different soups this week, all of them winners: Chicken Jamabalaya, Senegalese Peanut Stew (a particular standout), and today, a very good Salmon Chowder (which was tasty, although understandably quite pink; there was almost as much salmon in my cup as potato chunks.)
Salad ingredients are very fresh and just fine. Haven't tried the sandwiches yet.
A large soup (20 oz) and a small mixed green salad with your choice of fixings will set you back about $9; a piece of fresh fruit and your choice of some very good bread is included in that price (I got a big chunk of foccacia today that would've set me back at least a dollar or two on its own, in my neighborhood.)
This is an independently-owned little shop offering good Chowish lunchtime food at a good price for the neighborhood. Recommended if you work in, or are visiting, the area.
Cafe Doppio - Financial District
55 Broad St (corner of Broad and Beaver Sts.)
New York, NY 10004