- Danji is a small splurge but totally worth it [Food in Mouth]
- Dave Cook seems to like Totto Ramen [EIT]
- Grubhub and Seamless are merging [Chicago Tribune]
- How did this fusion falafel article leave out Crisp!?! [NYM]
- The NYC Food Truck Assoc is up for the Helping Hands Award for their post Sandy work [SENY]
Thanks to Donny T.’s review, we already know that the Amish Market in Midtown East (45th btw. 2nd+3rd) has killer sandwiches. But did you know that some of the best, most unique sandwiches they offer take inspiration from the classic charcuterie of Europe, that of Italy, France, and Spain to be exact?
Donny covered one of those in his review: the Roma, which sports sliced porchetta, fire-roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, lettuce, and tomato. Despite the fact that the “porchetta” isn’t the juicy pork you might expect, it’s a good sandwich that relies on some of the simple food that comes from Italian culture. You could count the Di Parma as a classic Italian sandwich as well, but it’s mix of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette it’s fairly ubiquitous as sandwich shops around the city.
Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.
I was recently asked if I worry about running out of places to cover in the Flatiron Lunch area, and I had to answer honestly, “Yes!” But when I come across places like Salumeria Biellese, and I am reminded that I shouldn’t stress about it. There are always more hidden gems.
Last Monday morning, while brainstorming potential lunchtime meals, I was hit with a sudden, intense craving for a calzone (pizza’s oft-forgotten, heavier sibling). This was no ordinary craving, either – it was the kind of craving that can haunt a person for days on end. For whatever reason, I knew that absolutely nothing would satisfy my lunchtime desires except for a calzone. The problem, of course, was that I had never ordered a calzone in midtown. It’s hard enough to find decent pizza in the neighborhood, so how the hell am I supposed to find a respectable calzone?
Naturally, I turned to our archives for help and stumbled upon this gem of a post from 2010. “Perfect,” I thought. Now I had five delectable options to choose from, each with a detailed description and photographic summary. Something was wrong, though… this was too easy. What kind of Midtown Lunch’er am I if I just stick to what’s already been explored? So, I made the difficult decision to forge ahead on a different path and test some new waters. Why should Midtown Lunch readers have to settle for just five calzones? We should familiarize ourselves with all of the calzones! And so began my weeklong quest to find the most worthwhile calzone in midtown.
Springtime meant another menu update for the Bob & Jo truck starting a few weeks ago. Winter’s ramen and dumplings are out, and sandwiches are back. They’ve been touting their new tofu offerings nonstop on twitter, but when I went to check out the tofu sandwich ($8) the other day, I wasn’t that impressed. Has anyone tried anything worthwhile from the new menu? Let us know in the comments.
With the temperatures rising, it seems like new food trucks are rolling out by the minute! Spotted on the corner of 47th and Park today was a new Lebanese truck, Bread & Olives, not to be confused with the former restaurant, Bread & Olive, which used to occupy 24 West 45th, and was replaced by Karam Restaurant, and now by Xi’an Famous Foods. A quick glance at the menu shows salads, hot & cold sandwiches, and lebanese platters. There also appears to be a breakfast menu.
CBS Local and New York Street Food seemed to have lukewarm reviews on the new truck. Any early adopters out there? Let us know what you think.
Bread & Olives Truck, 47th and Park (currently no FB or Twitter)
Maoz Vegetarian Deal: Falafel fans, you'll like this. Google offers has a Maoz Vegetarian deal for a free drink when you spend over $5, which I suspect would be difficult to avoid, anyway. Especially if you add their awesome Belgian fries to your order. Which you should.
Posted at 10:45 am, May 22nd, 2013 | 1 Comment
Mamu Thai Noodle Truck made its first appearance in Midtown Manhattan yesterday at 48th Street and 3rd Ave after spending most of its time since opening in February in Prospect Heights, Dumbo, and in Manhattan at 27th and Madison. I first caught wind of the truck through their successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, which promised to bring authentic and delicious Thai noodle dishes and family recipes to the streets of NYC. Full review to come soon, but did anyone happen to try it out yesterday? Let us know in the comments.
Minamoto Kitchoan, purveyor of elegant Japanese sweets, is moving from their current location at 608 Fifth Avenue (at 49th Street) to a new location at 509 Madison Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street, right next door to Crumbs Bake Shop, two doors down from Japanese chocolatiers, Royce Chocolates, and across the street from Neuhaus Belgian Chocolates.
Minamoto Kitchoan is known for their “wagashi” or traditional Japanese confections, often made with mochi and red bean paste ingredients and paired with green tea, which start at the $2.50-$3 price range for individual pieces. The new location is set to open in mid-July.
I’ve always been wary of Lenny’s. Despite the fifteen locations listed on their website, in the past eight years that I have lived in NYC, I hadn’t actually been to a single Lenny’s location until last week (30 Rock location, wuzzup)! A couple of things prevented me from stepping inside. One: it’s a chain. Two: It’s probably overpriced.
Aside from the things preventing me from getting to Lenny’s two other things encouraged me to go: for one thing, our man Chris’ post about Toasties made me realize not to necessarily take these sandwich chains for granted and secondly, Urban Daddy ran a promotion for $3 Lenny’s sandwiches (normally priced at $7.99). Take a gamble on $3? Why not!