House of Pita Returns With a Strange Choice For New Name
House of Pita has become the little falafel stand that could, re-opening their operation on 8th Ave. btw. 39+40th, in the space formerly occupied by Mandler’s Sausage Co. This comes a little over a month after their 2nd location, on 46th btw. 5+6th closed after 6 months in business. According to the owner, the 46th St. location was always only going to be a temporary location- they were just forced out a little earlier then they expected.
The new House of Pita on 8th has the same falafel, salads and pickled veggies you loved at the original 48th St. window, but they are now serving meat dishes, most notably- chicken shawarma. Because House of Pita was always a dairy (no meat served), and the new location will serve meat, the owner felt it would be misleading to keep the original name, so he plans to change it to… Chicken Bar.
Why does that name sound familiar???
Oh… right. And not only does it already exist, there’s a branch five blocks away (on 8th Ave. & 45th). Ooops! I let the owner know, and he said he would have his lawyer look into it. Lucky for them, they didn’t put too much effort into signage before opening. They still have the old Mandler’s sign up.
Regardless of the name issues (which I’m guessing will sort themselves out), it’s good to have House of Pita back on the Midtown Lunch’ing landscape. I tried the Chicken Shawarma on a pita, and it was good- but only worth the trek for H.O.P’s most insane fans. On the other hand, it’s a great new option for all the people who already work near there. (New York Times employees… are you paying attention?)
Chicken Bar (aka The New House of Pita), 8th Ave. btw. 39+40th, 212-391-4242