If y’all are anything like me, you watched a movie in the late 90s called Half Baked and know exactly to what Mr. Nice Guy refers. If not, consider yourself lucky, because walking up to this truck thinking you might be able to get THAT will only disappoint. Not that I tried!! But you know, just in case you were the type to joke with the person taking your order and they just look at you like ‘wut’ and you feel very dumb…
For the first time ever, the Vendys are bringing back some previous winners to compete in a special category called Masters. Five previous Vendy Cup winners will be present to see who reigns supreme and to celebrate the awards’ tenth anniversary. This is a game-changer if you ask me.
The Daily News released the nominees over the weekend. And they include the very first Vendy winner ever and veteran Midtown vendor Hallo Berlin, our local favorite Freddy King of Falafel (who will be featured on today’s Street Meat tour), along with Solber Pupusas, Calexico, and NY Dosa Guy. It’s going to be a good year. If you haven’t already purchased tickets, I can’t imagine them lasting too much longer. Buy them today by clicking here.
A few weeks ago, we told you about a unique and exciting new way to get lunch for the next month. We’ve teamed up with Turnstile Tours (who have been running food cart tours for close to 5 years) to offer one hour tours along Park and Sixth Avenue to three different food trucks and carts based around a specific theme. For $29, you receive three generous tastings, learn stories and context about the food cart industry, and help support the Street Vendor Project.
Our first tours begin on Monday and the theme is Street Meat, which we know just a little something about. Monday will be along Park Avenue (in the 50′s), Tuesday will be along Sixth Avenue (in the 40′s), and Wednesday will be in the Financial District. Both Midtown tours will include previous Street Meat Palooza winners and finalists, in addition to some unexpected twists on the usual chicken/lamb over rice (not all the tastings feature these two meats). This is just the first week of tours and the following three weeks will feature different themes and tastings. You could buy a Crash Course to experience them all, which is 4 tours of your choosing, for $89.
All tours start at 1pm and run one hour. Tickets are available until the morning of the tour at turnstiletours.com.
As if by magic, a new outpost of FIKA has appeared at 114 W 41st Street (btw 6th and Broadway). Personally, I’ve never heard of this place, but there have been a few Midtown Lunch posts about it in the past. While I’m sure espresso is on the menu, they also offer up a handful of breakfast and lunch options. Interestingly, there are a few sandwiches being sold right at the $10 ML limit. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a good Swedish meatball, so I might have to make a return trip. I also snapped a quick photo of the menu, which you can find after the break. Already had the pleasure of trying their meatballs? Let us know in the comments.
One day after I’d already eaten, I noticed this truck with a naggingly familiar logo parked on the northwest corner of 51st Street and Park Avenue outside the AT&T store. Midtown Lunch noticed them a little over a year ago, but it doesn’t seem like we covered the donuts… I was curious and figured a little sweet treat to end my lunch would work… See what they have and what I got after the jump.
Are you a Rock Center worker that’s been wondering what’s happened to the annual Greenmarket? For the past few years, it’s magically appeared for about a month or so starting in late July, but this year there’s been a Koons topiary taking up valuable space. No worries, my friends, we will be eating pumpkin whoopie pies soon enough: the Greenmarket is scheduled to return every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from September 10th to October 10th. Just in time for gourds.
For as long as I have been reading Midtown Lunch, people have clamored for a truck that serves reasonably priced Thai food. I’ve known people who toyed with the idea of actually starting their own truck just to satisfy such a need, but it never came to fruition. Then, a few years ago, Luckyim Thai Cart came on the scene… downtown. Would Midtown Lunch ever have their Thai craving satisfied? Find out, after the jump…
Twitter told me that Coolhaus was parked next to Bian Dang last week, and when I saw how long the Bian Dang line was, I decided I would have ice cream for lunch because I’m an adult and that’s what adults do: eat whatever they want for lunch. Right?
Right… even if that’s a $6 ice cream sandwich…
Here’s some exciting news for fans of street food, and walking tours, and food tours involving walking and lots of street food. Starting on August 18, Midtown Lunch will be partnering with Turnstile Tours to offer hour long food cart tours. Turnstile Tours has been running weekly food cart tours for the last 4 1/2 years (featuring guides like me!) and have had a nice mix of locals and tourists. But since it runs a full two hours, it’s always been tough for the office crowd to join. This new tour changes all that; it’s a great option for ML-ers with a tight schedule looking to expand their list of lunch options, or for a quick and fun office group outing.
Each week (for four weeks) leading up to the Vendy Awards, we will be leading tours along Sixth Avenue, Park Avenue, and the Financial District. Each tour will revolve around a theme (Eat Street Meat, Sandwich Days, Bring the Heat, and the Vendys) and you’ll get to visit and sample the food from three different carts or trucks. The entire thing will run an hour (1-2pm), you’ll be full, and back at your desk before your boss realizes you’re gone.
Tickets are $29 which is a bit more than an average Midtown Lunch, but it’s a fun, unique experience (you’ll even learn some facts about the mobile food industry) and when can you get three dishes for under $30?
Every tour is totally different and you can take four tours for $89 (a value of $116). We also donate 5% of our ticket sales to the Street Vendor Project so by joining a tour, you’re helping to support the rights of mobile food vendors. You can see more information, the calendar, and puchase tickets at the Turnstile Tours website here or call (347) 903-8687.
Even though they’ve been on the streets for just a few weeks, the Latin Kitchen NYC truck has earned quite a following. I’ve gone by a few times at 47th between Park and Lex (their usual spot) to discover a huge group of people waiting for food. I finally visited when the crowd was manageable and the food didn’t take so long.