Celebrate the New Year at Cafe Edison
Tonight is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), and if you don’t have your Mom in town to cook for you (mine is flying in this morning), then you may want to consider Cafe Edison for lunch. I don’t eat at too many sit down restaraunts, but they don’t have good matzoh ball soup at too many places that specialize in quick lunches. Luckily Cafe Edison, despite being a sit down diner, is cheap enough (the prices probably haven’t changed in 20 years) to be included as a bonafide Midtown Lunch.
Situated in the Edison Hotel on 47th btw. B’way & 8th, Cafe Edison is a relic of the Old Times Square. Stepping inside is like stepping into a time warp, and it doesn’t matter how old you are, chances are- if you are reading this blog, you will be the youngest person there. Their ever changing list of daily soups are easily the stand outs of the menu, but they also have great blintzes, matzoh brie (I’ll be back for Passover!), a real nice corned beef sandwich, and kasha varnishkes (if you don’t know, you probably don’t want to know).
The best Matzoh Ball soup in Midtown, more old school deli porn and a +/- after the jump…
Both the Matzah Ball soup and the Borcht (cold red beet soup, topped with sour cream) are great, and I’ve heard good things about the rest of the soups which alternate every day.
It may not be the best corned beef sandwich in the world, but you get good homemade corned beef, and the old school New York Deli feel, without having to pay $17 for a rediculously oversized sandwich that you can’t finish, and aren’t allowed to share (without paying even more). It’s also a great place to spend your hour lunch break, getting a piece of what the old Times Square was like, before Spotlight Live, ESPN, & Hawaiian Tropic set up their respective “Zones”.
So, if you’re craving Jewish food on this Rosh Hashanah, and don’t mind eating it in a dirty old NY Diner, Cafe Edison is the place to go. Who knows? You might see someone famous. I don’t know if Neil Simon hangs out there anymore, but truthfully, I don’t think I’d recognize him if he did.
THE + (what people who like this place would say)
- Cheap food, in an old school New York atmosphere
- You can get a regular sized Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich for under $10 (No Sharing Charge Necessary, and no lines of tourists)
- Awesome soups
- Did I mention how cheap it is?
THE – (what people who don’t like this place would say)
- It’s old and dirty
- The Corned Beef can be a little dry
- The food is hit or miss
- The service is not 5 Star
- It’s sit down, so you have to pay tip- making the really cheap prices, a tad bit more expensive
Cafe Edison, 228 W. 47th St. (btw. B’way & 8th), 212-840-5000