Archive for September 2011

Ma Peche Rejiggers Their Online Ordering System: If you like ordering lunch from Ma Peche (on 56th btw. 5+6th), but found their rule filed online ordering system to be annoying, you'll be excited for this news... they debuted a new online ordering system on Tuesday.  It's not only easier to navigate, but it has a lot more menu items now available- including pork buns, the pork belly sandwich they created for our birthday party, and party packs for 8-12 people.

Contributor Stalking (The “Cosmically Delicious” Edition)

Do you wonder what the ML contributors do when they’re not eating lunch in Midtown? (We’re actually pretty easy to stalk!)

Fried chicken at Brooklyn Star. Photo by Donny.

Donny really enjoyed Brooklyn Star’s fried chicken dinner, Brian checked out that Chef’s Mau Po Tofu at Szechuan Gourmet, Brownie put together her own photo recap of last weekend’s Vendy Awards, while Blondie gave us a heads up that the NYC Food Film Festival is on its way, Chris H. gushed over the food and the chef at Forcello in Williamsburg and I finally started reporting on the food I had in Peru with a post on The Tree House in the town of Machu Picchu.

Elsewhere in the ML universe… Andrea gave us a Downtown perspective to the Vendys with her Downtown Lunch recap, while Jamie discovered what doubles are with the help of the Mini Trini truck in Philly and Zach breaks the ML price limit for a an exceptional all you can eat Brazilian bargain at Libra in Culver City, Los Angeles.

7-11 Free Coffee Reminder: Remember the free 7-11 coffee thing we told you about last week? Well, tomorrow morning is the big giveaway. From 7am to 11am you can get a free medium coffee from all participating 7-11. We're assuming that includes all the Midtown locations, including the the one that just opened last week at the corner of 33rd and Madison.

From Profiled Luncher to the New York Times

A big congrats to magician/food blogger Josh Beckerman on his huge profile in today’s New York Times food section.  Josh actually lives in Midtown, and old school Midtown Lunch’ers may recognize him from this profile 3 1/2 years ago. I wonder if he ever found that Italian hoagie… if you believe the New York Times he never did find that single gal looking to date a magician/foodie.

More Food Truck Parking Trouble Today?: Kimchi Truck is on 47th & Lex (for now), Crisp on Wheels is on 51st btw. Park+Mad, Comme Ci Comme Ca is on 52nd & Park, Papa Perrone is on 55th btw. Mad+5th, Bob & Jo is on 47th btw. Park+Mad, Eddie's Pizza is on 46th & 6th w/ pesto pasta pizza, Uncle Gussy's is in their normal spot but doesn't sound too happy, and Sweetery is on 50th btw. 6+7th. As always you'll want to check the ML Twitter Tracker before heading out.

Sri Lankan Cafe Niagara Runs Dry

It appears that the just barely out-of-bounds Cafe Niagara (38th btw 8+9th) has sold its last serving of Sri Lankan specialties. Customer pleas for help apparently couldn’t save them as the storefront has been shuttered for multiple days. I’m sad to see this Midtown oddity go, but not at all surprised. It was always empty and as thrilled as I was when I first stumbled upon it, my subsequent visits were never as exciting or satisfying. I actually bumped into a guy coming out of the restaurant who said he was “looking at the space.” I would have pumped him for more info but he did not seem interested in talking to “the media.” Now we’ll just have to wait and see what moves in next. Maybe Las Poblanitas will come back. I know that would make a lot of Lunch’ers happy.

Newly Open Tabata Ramen Gets the NYT Treatment: It looks like Lunch'er Michael isn't the only one who loves Tabata Noodle, the new ramen place on 37th btw. Mad+5th (9th Ave. btw. 39+40th).  The New York Times has deemed it worthy of a $25 and under review.  They recommend the Kyushu ramen, the tan tan mien, and the curly noodles, plus point out that the owner is Burmese- which "explains the coconut milk and red onions in the creamy Tabata ramen."

Leon Bakery Closed For Renovations

The out-of-bounds Leon Bakery (9th Ave. btw 47+48th), one of the greater Midtown area’s premiere purveyors of tamales (not to mention their selection of baked goods), is currently closed for renovations. From what I could see of the interior, the changes are extensive and the space will probably look much different. As long as there is still a barrel of tamales in the back, I’ll be happy. One of the workers told me they should reopen in the next few weeks. Can’t wait!

Fried Calzone Hunt: Lunch'er "Zanzor" poses the question in the ML Forums... does anybody in Midtown do deep fried calzones? One commenter says they're on the menu at Pizza by Cer Te, but hasn't tried them himself.  Anybody got a better line on the situation?

Potbelly’s Dreambar Will Be a Dream For Some, Nightmare For Others


After tasting two of Potbelly’s three dessert options–I’m not counting the mini cookies as a real option–and being greatly surprised with the taste and quality of their cookies, I was anxious to try out the last dessert, the Dreambar. The Dreambar is a bar equivalent of their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie in that it’s filled with chocolate chips and rolled oats. But there are some major differences that will steer you towards one or the other.

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