Your Last Midtown Lunch Before Passover (aka, the best bread in Midtown)
For practicing Jews, tonight at sundown is the start of Passover- the holiday that celebrates the time when the Jews escaped from slavery, and left Egypt so quickly that they didn’t allow for their bread to rise. Little did they know, thousands of years later, tons of their relatives would have to commemorate this time by throwing away perfectly good bread, and eating crappy crackers for a week and half.
The part of the tradition I don’t understand is this… The story doesn’t say the Jews were in such a rush they didn’t put yeast in their bread. The way I understood it, they were in such a rush that they grabbed the already made bread, not allowing it time to rise. So why can’t we eat bread with yeast in it, that just doesn’t rise that much. Like delicious flat breads??? It’s because of this that I don’t celebrate Passover. That, and I am a terrible Jew. Sure I made a brisket for tonight, and my family is coming over to read the story, find some hidden Matzah, and drink a ton of wine… but after that I fully plan on eating bread the rest of the week. I also wouldn’t want to disappoint the readers of Midtown Lunch with a week and a half of breadless posts. That wouldn’t be right. Yeah, that’s it. I’m doing it for the blog…
But- in honor of the tradition, I’d like to present the Midtown Lunch guide to the best bread in Midtown. For good Jews, use it to choose your final lunch before Passover. It’s going to be the last bread you enjoy for awhile, so you might as well make it count. For me, I figure if I am going to anger God, I might as well be eating good bread while I do it.
Kati Roll (46th btw. 5+6th). They fry the paratha fresh on a giant skillet/frying pan right in front of your eyes. Delicious!!!
The flat bread at Cosi (Multiple Locations). I think this should be ok for Passover, since the bread doesn’t really rise that much! But it’s not. So even though they have salads, I would recommend that good Jews stay away from this place entirely during Passover. The free bread bowl may be too much temptation for a good Jew to handle.
More bread porn, plus a list of Passover closings- after the jump…
Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck (Two Locations). Pizza. Bad. Very bad (for Passover).
Milant Gourmet Deli (39th btw. 3+Lex). I wouldn’t say the bread is particularly special, but it is easily my favorite sandwich place in Midtown.
The biscuits at Popeye’s (40th btw. 7+8th). I’m pretty sure the breading on the fried chicken is not acceptable either. Get some shellfish (the very not kosher Popcorn Shrimp) fried up with that biscuit and then you’re really breaking the rules.
I thought I’d be able to depend on places like Kosher Deluxe or the Diamond Dairy to provide some good alternatives to bringing peanut butter and jelly on matzah to work- but no such luck. They are all closed during Passover! Also closed… Olympic Pita, Pick-a-Pita & Taam Tov. I couldn’t get a hold of Moshe’s Falafel (it’s a cart), or House of Pita- but I’m pretty sure they are both closed as well.
Where can a brother get some matzah brie around here? (Other than the overpriced Stage & Carnegie Delis). Know of a good suggestion for Passover lunch? Post it as a comment below for all the good Jews. As for me- I’ll be at Popeye’s.