Chimi Chicken at Picnic Basket Worth Heading Underground

We recently got a tip from Lunch’er joer that there was an addition to the lunch options at the Crystal Pavilion. “What is the Crystal Pavilion?” this recently transplanted Midtown Lunch’er asked herself. Well, it is the subterranean food court within 805 3rd Ave. Go down the escalator, and then behind it, and you’ll find The Picnic Basket, which opened there a few months ago. The menu leans Mediterranean, but I was told the chimi chicken sandwich was the thing to try.  Read more »

Bye, Bye Pie Face

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Last week DNA Info reported that just about every Pie Face location has shut down in the entire city, including the four in Midtown. They sprouted up like hotcakes over the two years and have now shuttered just as fast with no explanation. There’s no clue on their website as to why they closed (or that they even are indeed closed). But no doubt they expanded too quickly and NY’ers were just not ready for a full-on Australian meat pie chain! The only one still open is just out of bounds on 36th and Ninth.

Bryant Park Holiday Market Returns Starting Today

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Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The Bryant Park Holiday Market starts again today, earlier than it ever has before. The identical kiosks have been set up and some familiar food vendors, like Mmm…Enfes, Strudels & Pies by Hans, and TopArepa, will be selling dishes alongside all the merchandise stalls with their brilliant gift ideas. There are also some new, exciting additions added to the line-up, like This Pie is Nuts (with crusts made entirely from nuts), The Lucky Sailor (Belgian frites), and Sushi Republic. Christmas came early this year. Literally!

Hibachi Dumpling Express Starts Frying on 6th Avenue

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A brand new location of a brand new chain opened on Sixth Avenue and West 38th recently (the 3rd of a planned 15 around the city.)  It’s called Hibachi Dumpling Express and it’s sleek and clean with Asian platters like teriyaki, tempura, fried rice and noodles, and of course, dumplings. Here, four pieces of fried potstickers will run you $1.99 (double what you pay in Chinatown), which isn’t too bad for the neighborhood. The full menu can be found here.

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Street Meat Palooza Nominations Are Now Open (You Didn’t Think We Forgot Did You?)

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It’s a little late this year, but Street Meat Palooza 7 is definitely happening.  We’ve got a slight major twist this year, but we still want your feedback.  Got a favorite plate of street meat that you think deserves to be in the canon, alongside previous winners like The Famous Halal Guys, Kwik Meal, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Trini Paki, and Uncle Gussy’s?  Just leave it in the comments below and we’ll consider it for this years palooza.  Oh, and the more votes a cart or truck gets, the more chance it will be chosen- so don’t let somebody else’s comment deter you for leaving your own.

The Craffles Truck Has Me Baffled

Spotted this truck tucked behind the Mystiik Masaala cart on the northeast corner of 54th and Park – Craffles. I’d already eaten lunch, so I snapped a pic of the truck and its menu before heading on my merry way… picture of the menu after the jump

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Famous Halal Guys Now Control Both Sides of 53rd and 6th; Imposter Cart Disappears

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Is the epic street food battle of 53rd street finally over?! We received a tip via Twitter earlier this week that the Imposter Cart was no longer on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th, and sure enough yesterday we discovered a brand new Famous Halal Guys cart in its place. This should end the confusion that we’ve been covering for years, but the big question remains.  What the hell happened to drive away the “Imposter Cart” (who it’s worth noting, placed ahead of the Famous Halal Guys cart in last year’s Street Meat Palooza.)

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Want to Write For Midtown Lunch?

Sorry things have been so light around here lately.  Clearly we need some help in the editorial department! Want it to be you? Ideal candidate will be familiar with the Midtown Lunch brand of under $10 lunches, with a likeminded aversion to boring sandwiches and salads from generic Midtown delis. Do you always take your full lunch hour, aren’t afraid to walk the extra few blocks away from your work, and see things before we write about them?  Even better! None of us really make any money doing this (i.e. compensation is minimal) so ideal candidate will also already have a job in Midtown that pays well, and preferably that job will not have a boss that keeps you from going out to lunch every day. To apply please send an email to zach@midtownlunch.com detailing exactly why you should be the next member of our team. And be sure to include what area of Midtown you work in…

Ditto on the Mexican Food: Our intrepid Philadelphia correspondent Jamie (who you may remember from her days here in Midtown) just got back from Mexico City, and did this pretty amazing post on all the food she ate.  Warning: if you click on the link, be prepared for extreme jealousy.  And if anybody knows where to get any of this stuff in Midtown, the comments are open and waiting for your suggestions.

Broadway Bites Is Back Once Again…

It’s been just two months, so I imagine nobody has missed it too much. But Broadway Bites is back. The vendors opened on Monday on 33rd and B’way in Greeley Square, and will no doubt be selling overpriced lunches through November 14. Not much has changed since the summer, but a few new vendors will appear including Wafels & Dinges, Doughnuttery, and Domo Taco. The focus will be on comforting fall dishes like pumpkin pie cannolis and sage arancini. The vendors (full list is available here) will be open every day from 11am-9pm. This is, of course, good news for those who can’t walk a block away to the other UrbanSpaces market happening in Midtown West.