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
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!
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.)
Got a sweet tooth and don’t need anything savory for lunch? You’re in luck because the Korean dessert chain, Delimanjoo, is staking out territory in Ktown as a street cart. Freshly made cake waffles shaped as fish or corn, stuffed with different fillings are their specialties. I’ve only seen them in Chinatown and Flushing Mall, which have plenty of similar options, but they’re a welcomed addition to Midtown.
Oh, hello. A new poster-plastered storefront spotted in the heart of Garment District! There’s already a Nanoosh all the way on Madison, but not on the west side. Then again, not sure if the hood really needs yet another hummus-centric menu. The Hummus and Pita Company (on 8th btw. 39+40th) is currently my favorite, though there’s plenty of other mediocre choices. No opening date just yet, but if we’re lucky enough, they’ll do another free giveaway? If you’ve been to their other locations, let us know how you feel about a new branch in Midtown West.
Nanoosh, 469 7th Ave. (b/w 35th and 36th St.)
Last week, I had a bit of a panic attack. I noticed Biryani Cart had not been out four times over the month that I had walked by 46th and 6th Avenue. I got really worried when an imposter cart had taken their place. This is one of many carts that have been circling the area with creative names like “Biryani Car” and “Biryani Card”. We might have another Famous Halal Guy situation on our hands.
But as commenters had reported, there indeed was nothing to fear.
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I wasn’t in Midtown for the heyday of Teriyaki Boy, but I’ve heard good things, especially about their $3.99 lunch special. That offer may be gone, as are most of their locations, but I have been to the new Teriyaki Boy on 45th and 2nd, my friends, and it is good.
As noted by ML comment-er D, the 41st and Broadway Cafe Duke has shuttered and has been gutted inside. While Cafe Duke was never truly a great ML lunch, I thought that it was better than most options in the area, especially if I needed a quick and convenient soondubu fix. Less notably, the Baja Fresh across the street has also called it quits. Thankfully, you can now get Korean food a few blocks away at Liberty Cafe.
I stumbled across yet another “Greek blue” truck in midtown – this one on 47th between Park and Lex – and snapped a few photos for y’all (I was committed to eating kielbasa to celebrate dyngus day). Pictures of the menu after the jump…