Bagels and sandwiches from Leo’s Bagels (3 Hanover Square, 212-785-4700), $1.15-$9.45
This Financial District bagel shop offers a good reprieve from the joyless deli salad bars and big national chains.
A good bagel shop can usually be relied upon for turning out an immensely satisfying cheap lunch, even if you’re down to your last couple of bucks since you can always get the roll slathered with cream cheese. If you’re facing that prospect in the Financial District, head to Leo’s Bagels, a diamond in a rough of mediocre delis and national chain outposts. This shop hand rolls its bagels and bakes them all day long, which means you’ll get a dense, chewy, fresh torus on which to pile the fixin’s of your choosing. If you’re having a morning meal, you might go for a couple of eggs and bacon ($5.50); at lunch, consider the BLT ($4.50), club ($7.25), or gravlax ($9.45). Add a pickle for 50 cents — it adds a bit of luxury to a desk lunch.