Archive for April 2010

Midtown Links (The “Is Otarian the Next Danku?” Edition)

Left photo courtesy of Ramen & Friends

Midtown Happy Hour: 57 Napoli Pizza e Vino

If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so every Friday afternoon our Happy Hour Correspondent “Mamacita” will post about a different bar in Midtown that fits the Midtown Lunch mentality: unhealthy food, not lame (unless it’s lame in a cool way), and most importantly… cheap.

57 Napoli Pizza e Vino made some news as the novel “speakeasy” pizzeria from chef Salvatore Olivella, formerly of L’asso and No. 28. ML was eager to check out their wallet friendly $6 personal pizza during lunch, but due to opening week hiccups that slice didn’t go over so well. Yet, 57 Napoli hasn’t been reviewed for their new happy hour so this intrepid reporter went out to have a post-work tipple and bite the bullet by buying the –a bit pricey- brick oven pizza with hand pulled mozzarella on the dinner menu. Read more »

At Lunch Now: Gargamel Spotted in Bryant Park!

Photo courtesy of Miss Menu

Omg. We know this has nothing to do with lunch in Midtown… but it’s lunchtime. And it was in Midtown! And quite frankly… how could we not? From Lunch’er “Shayna” (aka Miss Menu): “[Hank] Azaria as Gargamel in the new version of The Smurfs filming at Bryant Park – so funny!”

Second photo is after the jump…

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A Happy Hour For Every Hour of the Day: This week's Village Voice has a list of recommended NYC Happy Hours for every legal drinking hour (from 8am to 3am!) Sadly only one midtown bar made the grade- a 6pm trip to Russian Samovar (on 52nd btw. B'way+8th). What no Jimmy's Corner, Rudy's, or Subway Inn? Obviously I need to take this writer Ben Detrick on a midtown bar crawl!

Go Go Curry Reigning Champ to Qualify Today

Wondering if you could be a serious contender in the Go Go Curry Eating Championship?  Today would be the day to do it.  They’re holding a qualifying round today from 6-8pm, and according to Go Go Curry’s twitter feed the Champion “Gentleman” Joe Manchetti will be qualifying.  It’s your chance to match up head to head!  As of now, only 4 people have qualified… so there’s still a good chance a novice will make it through to the finals.  Could it be you?

Go!Go!Curry Eating Competition Update

Miss Softee Returns on June 1st With Loads of New Stuff


Now that the ladies have Billy Gunnz, I suppose we can get back to promoting the female run Mister Softee Trucks… This just in from Miss Softee–she’s officially finished all of her permit renewal paperwork and will be back on the road starting June 1st. And that’s not her only news…

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Olieng Makes a Pad Thai Worth Stepping Out of Bounds For

Olieng Thai

I love Pad Thai and I’m always on the hunt for a tasty and filling version of the classic noodle dish. Hells Kitchen has no shortage of Thai restaurants, but only one of them got the two thumbs up from veteran Midtown Luncher, Talida of Talida Bakes. Talida’s parents are both from Thailand and I’ve seen her in action ordering dinner for a dozen food bloggers at Sriprapai, so when she told me that Olieng was her go to place for real Thai style Pad Thai, I had to give it a try.

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It’s D-Day For Schnitzel: On the old ML Twitter Tracker today... Frites N Meats is in the Flatiron, Rickshaw and Treats Truck are on 45th, Wafels and Dinges is on 51st 58th, Street Sweets is on 50th, and the Schnitzel & Things Truck is back on 54th & Lex- the same spot they got kicked out of last week for being called a "terrorist threat". UPDATE: They've moved to 52nd. That was quick!

Flatiron Lunch: Kebab Factory is Now Kathi Rolls by Kebab Factory

Now that Downtown has its very own section of the site, what are we going to post on Fridays at 10am? Answer… how about a new column devoted to those lunches just south of the ML boundaries. Every week we’ll post about a lunch in Murray Hill south, Gramercy, Flatiron, and everything in between… or as we’ll call it from now on: Flatiron Lunch.

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One of the benefits of the Flatiron Lunch beat for me is going to be finally having a good excuse to explore Curry Hill. I confess, in five and a half years of working in Midtown South, I’ve rarely partaken in all the Indian delights to be found just a few blocks to the southeast. So, with few preconceptions and no recommendations, I took a walk down Lexington to see what I could find.

I took to the Midtown Lunch basics and sought out the smallest most unassuming hole in the wall I could find. That was Kathi Rolls, a tiny spot that apparently used to be called Kebab Factory- but changed names at the beginning of the year. It’s an offshoot of Bhatti across the street and is unrelated to the Kati Roll shops of the orange signage in Midtown and the Village or the Biryani Cart, which makes what are still my favorite kati rolls.

To call Khathi Rolls a restaurant seems to miss the point. It’s more of an indoor street cart with seating. As soon as you walk in the door, the veneer of quaint tea shop disappears almost immediately. The striped awning, cute sign and single table sitting in the window belie the heart of Kathi Roll, which is all street meat.

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Today is Your Last Day For Panini Tozt


If you’re a big fan of Panini Tozt (the weird little sandwich shop on 50th btw. Mad+Park) you may want to hit it up for lunch today. Back in September a commenter noted that their building was slated for demolition, and on Wednesday it was finally confirmed in the forums: Panini Tozt will be closing by the end of this week. That means today is the last day to get that french fry filled panini (provided they haven’t closed already.)

Don’t Mess With the Panini Tozt