No-Martini Lunch

Saloons aren't just for drinking

Good lunch options in the Financial District can come from unlikely places: a convenience store (John's Snack & Deli), say, or an alley window (Golden West).

Add to their number the newly revamped parlor at Comstock Saloon.

In the evenings the bar is sultry and dark. In the daytime hours, though, the large windows allow enough light to give the room the feel of a café rather than a cocktail destination.

Despite a sign outside the door proclaiming that the soup of the day is "whiskey," chef Ronnie New–who took over for Carlo Espinas a few months back–prepares a terrific selection of sandwiches and salads.

A tipple with your lunch | Chef Ronnie New

The star of the midday menu: a crisp fried chicken sandwich ($12). The meat is drizzled with fennel honey, topped with a bright twist of coleslaw and stuffed into a Marla Bakery roll.

The steak sandwich ($14) offers a steady brace on days when you wish that whiskey soup was real. It's filled with slices of grilled coulotte steak, caramelized onions, peppery romesco sauce and pungent blue cheese.

During the day, the bar is staffed by owners Jonny Raglin or Jeff Hollinger. They make the full cocktail menu available should you want to christen the weekend with a stiff drink–even if it isn't Friday.