Archive for August 2010

Tri Tip Grill’s Burrito Gives Chipotle a Run for its Money

Burrito Size Compare

Last week, perennial ML favorites, Tri Tip grill (in the Rock Center concourse), introduced a new burrito menu item. A chicken burrito will cost you $7.99, but for an additional dollar one can substitute tri-tip steak. Personally I’m a big fan of the tri-tip steak sandwiches, and the transition to Tex Mex is a welcome menu addendum. However, given the format of the burrito, it’s impossible not to draw parallels to that other chain burrito joint… the restaurant that shall not be named… the ‘C-word’. So how does the Tri-Tip burrito stack up?

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4Food Open for Lunch; FnM Has Run In With Rafiqi’s: On the ML Twitter Tracker today (at the time of this post)... 4Food will be open from 11am to 2pm, Joyride is on 52nd, NYC Cravings is on 52nd, Frites N Meats is on 52nd (and had a little trouble with Rafiqi's this morning), Eddie's Pizza is in the Flatiron, Street Sweets is on 46th, and Quick Stop Kosher is on 33rd. Plus, there's a lot of lobbying going on for that $10k!

Chiyoda Sushi Closes to Make Way For Mai Cuisine

Thanks to everyone who tipped us off to this one (including this post in the forums.)  Chiyoda Sushi, the upscale portion of the Japanese holy trinity on 41st btw. Mad+5th (along with Cafe Zaiya & Yagura), has closed.  As of Friday there were some serious renovations going on, and a letter posted on the door said that the restaurant will reopen as Mai Cuisine on September 2nd, “providing all-natural sushi and Japanese cuisine, with the highest quality ingredients.” Uh… sounds a lot like Chiyoda if you ask us!

Find out what’s not on the sign after the jump.

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Win $10K For Your Favorite Food Truck: We're still not exactly sure why The Great Food Truck Race has two trucks from L.A., but not a single truck from New York City- but here's how we can make up for that one... You can now vote for your favorite food truck on the Food Network website, and the winner will get $10,000 and a chance to appear on the next season of the Great Food Truck Race.

Midtown Links (The “Everything Tastes Better From Dutch Ovens” Edition)

Dutch ovens are always a good sign. Photo courtesy of Grub Street.

  • “Peter’s Since 1969″ will serve rotisserie chicken, slow cooked pork, short ribs, and stew on 9th Ave. starting this weekend. Out of bounds, but could be good… [Grub Street]
  • Our dream for a $10 Anthos lamb burger comes to an end [Eater]
  • Flatiron Lunchers should be looking forward to Eataly! [Eater;SE;Gothamist;Feed Blog]
  • This blogger found the pork and lamb burgers at 4Food to be moist and tasty… [High Low Food Drink]
  • … this one?  Not so much. [Wandering Eater]

Remember Old New York At Hickey’s Pub

If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so every week 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.

Ever heard of a bar called Hickey’s? No? It’s not a seedy pick up joint for promiscuous playboys, quite the opposite in fact. Hickey’s happens to be a 43 year old pub that has managed to be one of the few dive bars in midtown that has yet to be overtaken with hipsters and pretentious martini sippers looking for an ironic new hangout. Hickey’s has no “scene” and is not the place to take a group of friends to party… most come here to forget. It is a hide away and a distraction. The walls are lined with portraits of pugilists, baseball players and Rangers hockey memorabilia. Hickey’s is a haven from the bright bustling crowds of Broadway for the cirrhosis addled looking for a drink.

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Smith’s Takes Their Shot at Shake Shack: Eater recently pointed out that Smith's Bar (on 44th & 8th) might be feeling a bit victimized by the emerging imperial ambitions of the expanding Shake Shack empire. Personally, I hope Smith's excellent fries and sliders will survive. After all, some of us like a pub burger in a neon dive.

Junior’s New Cupcakes Are Surprisingly Good

Junior's Cupcakes

The two Midtown locations of Junior’s have decided to shake up their quietly reliable existences by recently adding cupcakes to the menu (apparently getting you fat off their cheesecake was not enough!) The five different flavors-chocolate/chocolate, chocolate with cream center, red velvet, peanut butter cup, and vanilla/vanilla-in honor of their 60th Anniversary, are all just under $4, and available in the Grand Central Terminal and on 44th btw. B’way+8th. I hit up the Grand Central locale when four of the five were available, decided on the Reese’s Peanut Butter one ($3.95) and found the cake quite enjoyable.  It was fresh and moist, but a bit sweet on the frosting (then again, what brand-name bakery doesn’t add too much sugar?!) For the GCT cupcake loving commuters Junior’s might actually be more worthy of your money than the other cupcake places… although we still don’t quite understand why they’re not doing a cheesecake cupcake!

Time is Running Out for ‘wichcraft’s Delicious BLT


BLTs are in season at ‘wichcraft, but as the heirloom tomatoes begin disappearing from the green markets, so to will these sandwiches disappear from the ‘wichcraft menu. My partner in crime, Blondie, is a huge fan of the ‘wichcraft BLT–in fact she’s the one who reminded me that they were available–but despite her tummy rumble inducing post about them from two summers ago, I haven’t had a chance to try their BLT until this year. Could ‘wichcraft’s sandwich possibly stand up to expectations?

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Schnitzel & Things Off Until September 7th: If you find yourself craving schnitzel more than once every two weeks, you might want to hit up the Schnitzel & Things Truck today... after today they'll be on vacation through September 7th. Hit 'em up on 52nd and Lex between 11:30am and 2pm. To see where the other trucks are today, check out the ML Twitter Tracker.