New Hole in the Wall Coffee Shop Lives Up To Its Name

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Starbucks really needs to watch their back. We now have a serious and credible coffee culture that just continues to expand. The newest addition to our java scene is aptly named Hole in the Wall nestled inside the lobby of 420 Fifth Avenue. It’s not the first Australian-owned coffee shop in the neighborhood nor the first one “secretly” hidden inside an office building lobby.

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Taste of Jewish Culture Comes to Midtown on a Weekend

While most of you probably don’t want to be in Midtown outside of work hours, this awesome street festival organized by good friend of ML, Noah Arenstein, actually sounds pretty awesome. On Sunday, July 27, from 10am to 6pm on Madison Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, the Taste of Jewish Culture will take place – and best of all, it’s free and open to the public.

A list of food vendors is after the jump…

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Luzzo’s Pizza is Launching A Cart and You Can Try it For Free Tonight

Eater announced yesterday that one of New York’s greatest pizzerias will be launching a cart today. Luzzo’s dishes up amazing wood-fired pizzas and is bringing those flavors to the streets. The cart will park downtown for the rest of the week and will announce their future locations soon. But we hear Midtown is on their radar. Before they’re added to regular rotation here, you can sample some of the pizza after work tonight for free. They’ll be handing out free pizzas at the cart in Chelsea near the restaurant Ovest, on 27th btw. 10+11th. It’s just a quick subway ride away from Midtown and worth it to try some amazing pizza… especially when it’s free.

Some Nominees Are Revealed For the 10th Annual Vendy Awards

It’s that time we at Midtown Lunch anticipate every year: Vendy season!! And while no famous celebrity did a live reading of the nominees (that’s how they do it at the Oscars), the Street Vendor Project revealed the lucky nominees in three of the five categories yesterday.

Rookie of the Year includes a few vendors that visit Midtown on a regular basis, like Dub Pies, Shanghai Sogo, and Big D’s new Khao Cart. The category is rounded out by GoGo Grill, a cart in Bowling Green that specializes in gourmet falafels and burgers, and Snowday, a food truck that employs fomrerly incarcerated young people and serves maple syrup-inspired dishes.

The nominees for Dessert of the Year are Craffles, Alchemy Creamery, Ricas Botanas Mexican (churros), Ice & Vice, and a huge favorite of the ML staff, Dough. In the Market Vendor category, the nominees are Bolivian Llama Party, Zha Pan Asian, Ssam BBQ, Chickpea & Olive, and the infamous Ramen Burger (I hope they don’t bring their line with them to the Vendys).

The nominees for the remaining two categories will be announced a little closer to the event on September 13. As always, there’s promise of lots of amazing food and the ability to support the important advocacy work of the Street Vendor Project. So, do not delay and buy your tickets now. Both General Admission and VIP Tickets are on sale here.

Clarke’s Standard is Worth Going Over $10

I really like burgers. My answer to the eternal question “Burgers or pizza?” is actually “BURGERSSS OM NOM NOM” to the shame of my New York heritage. So when someone pointed out that I’m reasonably close to Clarke’s Standard and Schnipper’s, I thought “um yes I want a burger RIGHT NOW” (unfortunately, a visit to Schnipper’s is NOT in the works – explanation at the end of this post) and walked the couple avenues east. What I got, and what I thought, after the jump…

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Gary’s Steaks Offers Another Cheesesteak Option in Midtown

Ever since I wrote about Phil’s Steaks, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for Gary’s Steaks – for comparison purposes, because I love cheesesteaks, and because a few readers recommended it to me. When I randomly saw them on 52nd/6th one day, there weren’t that many people waiting, so I quickly placed my order – pictures of the menu, what I got and more after the jump.

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A Closer Look at Some of Bian Dang’s Other Offerings

It’s been a LONG time since anyone here talked about Bian Dang, fka NYC Cravings, so I decided to wander over and try something besides the pork chop or chicken leg over rice. More after the jump.

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Two of Our Five Guys Locations Now Have Shakes!

Five Guys has Shakes

As much as I like Five Guys, I always felt something was missing from my meals there: milkshakes! Well, they’re trying to let us be true to our gluttonous selves by adding shakes to the menu in certain stores, and in Five Guys style with various free add-ins.

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Taipan Express Brings a Blend of Chinese, Indian and Thai to Midtown

Spotted this truck in Midtown on 52nd and 6th on Monday. The Taiwan Fusion Express truck has been around since March and had a brief mention here on Midtown Lunch; they have a brick and mortar location in Queens apparently. I’m always wary of sharing my opinion on Asian food – especially Asian fusion! and my bias against places that offer multiple Asian cuisines (they offer Thai, Chinese and Indian, says their Twitter); my Asian food palate is really rusty and specific to the things with which I grew up and my expectations. Having said that: has anyone tried this truck? What did you get, what did you think? A picture of the menu after the jump…

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