Shuka Truck Offers Something New to The Truck World

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The Shuka Truck has been floating around the streets for a few months now, but has recently become a regular fixture among the food truck gatherings in Midtown.

They are certainly offering something new from a truck, which is always exciting. Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish (often associated with Israel) that is basically eggs cooked with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices. What could be bad?

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Lunch’er Copyboy Reports: Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen II

Back in March Yvo reported that Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen II was coming to 55th & Lex.  Lunch’er Copyboy checked in last week to let us know that it was open and to file this report. 

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I was wandering Midtown East searching for lunch with my wife when we realized we were just down the block from Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen II, which opened two weeks ago. My initial report after a plate of noodles: the food is outstanding but the prices leave me a little confused about this restaurant’s mission.

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UberEATS expands service up to 59th Street

So Uber waited all of two weeks to roll out UberEATS to the rest of Midtown. Since initial launch, they’ve been tweaking their food delivery service, lowering prices (below $10!), eliminating the delivery fee, etc. Apparently they’re comfortable enough to roll out to the rest of Midtown! They claim delivery fees will start next week, But note that the delivery fees are still absent from their initial launch areas, so lets hope delivery fees stay clear in their newly expanded territory. Who’s willing to take the bait? Would love to hear someone’s feedback on their promise of good food delivered under 10 minutes. As for me, I’m gonna take my full lunch hour outdoors until hurricane tropical storm season sets in.

Indikitch’s Second Location Brings Dosa Tacos to Midtown West

This popular Indian version of Chipotle has expanded beyond its Flatiron store to Midtown West, in the old Ladino space. This real estate has had a LOT of turnover, but Indikitch will most likely be holding its ground for awhile here. With their prices and flavors, it’s a no-brainer for lunch in this area.

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DF Nigerian Brings the Funk to Street Food

We got a hot tip yesterday that a food truck serving Nigerian food had been spotted in Midtown East. Was there really a rare bird like this so close to my office? Why, yes, yes there was. And the DF Nigerian food truck serves some unique food that doesn’t shy away from funky flavors.  Read more »

$1 Burrito Alert: Just got word that the new Dos Toros (on Lexington btw. 45+46th) is having their Grand Opening today- for obvious reasons.  Score $1 Burritos, Tacos, Platos, + Quesadillas until 3pm, and then again from 5pm to 8pm.

UrbanSpace brings plethora of flavors to Garment District for next 6 weeks

Could the weather be any more perfect on Monday for the debut UrbanSpace’s latest batch of open air food stalls in the Garment District? I must have steered clear of these pricy but creative events for long enough that the lineup looks new to me. Sure there’s a couple of known names like Arancini Bros, Red Hook Lobster Pound, MMM Enfes, and Mayhem & Stout, but a whole slew of the multi-cultural remixes are also out peddling their creations.

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Luke’s Lobster Truck Has Moved to New Jersey

We saw a tweet last week from Luke’s Lobster truck saying that they will be leaving New York for good and heading to greener pastures in… New Jersey.

The company will be opening a brick-and-mortar location in Hoboken and then keeping their truck close by. Their website does not give details as to why they’ve given up on the city, but I can only imagine it has something to do with the difficult permitting situation and the heavy regulations for food trucks. After Cinnamon Snail’s untimely departure, this is the second Vendy Award-winning truck to close in the last few months

Thursday was the truck’s last day, but you can still get their seafood rolls at their Midtown East, City Kitchen, and Plaza Food Court locations.

UberEATS Now Roaming Lower Midtown (And Delivery is Free Today!)

How does Uber’s service manage to survive in a place where taxis are readily available? By delivering (arguably) superior service. And now Uber wants to join the New York food delivery party. We already have Seamless, Grubhub, Delivery.com, Eat24, Caviar…I don’t even know anymore! So how is UberEATS gonna standout in this crowded space?

For our purposes, the service will only cover the southern end of Midtown, from 40th Street down, during 11a-2p, but I’m sure if all goes well, they would expand the delivery range and times. The service is within the Uber app. Just move the slider from UberX/UberBlack/etc to EATS, and your map will display the cars driving around with the food, along with the day’s menu. Select the items you want, and they’re automatically charged to your saved card. Uber guarantees an ETA of less than 10 minutes, but my location has averaged 4 minutes. That’s much shorter than the amount of time for my building’s elevator to get me to street level. Why do I even need to factor that in? Apparently Uber’s “delivery” doesn’t go beyond the curbside. On the upside, 4 minutes is way below the average Seamless delivery wait time. However, we’re talking about food that’s already been prepared, sitting on cars. It’ll be interesting to see how fresh the food actually is.

Uber gets around this fact by serving a limited menu of sandwiches and salads. The menu switches daily, but it always sticks to one sandwich option around $15, and one salad option around $12. Occasionally a drink is also available. These prices are already beyond ML budget. Tack on the $4 flat delivery fee, and we’re almost in the range of special occasion lunch. Luckily for you, Uber’s nixed the delivery fee for today (and maybe until they get enough traction), so I just might splurge on today’s lobster roll.

Now if only Uber would let us order included EATS for our Uber car rides, I’d be on board for that!

Vive La Crepe joins the French fray around Columbus Circle

Crepe lovers rejoice! Although Columbus Circle has a plethora of casual french eateries (mostly above ML budget), no crepe maker has set up shop til now. Mini chain Vive La Crepe added another spot across from Carnegie Hall about a month ago. Just walking by, I inhaled that wonderful whiff of sugar and butter, but I had already bought some bread at Maison Kayser, so I’d have to wait til another meal to try them out. The crêpes range from $6.50 to $10, with plenty of savory options available. The crêpes looked nice and thin, browned perfectly.

I only wonder if they’ll stuff each crepe with enough filling to constitute a meal, not just a snack. Give it a try and let us know!

Vive La Crepe, 912 7th Ave. (b/w 57th and 58th St.)