Archive for January 2014

Get Tix to Village Voice’s Choice Eats Before They Go On Sale

We here at Midtown Lunch are excited to present an opportunity for you readers to get your hands on early tickets for Village Voice’s annual food-fest Choice Eats. Starting today at noon, you can use code LUNCH to get General Admission or VIP tickets a week before they go on sale to the public (and then inevitably sell out). The event is happening on Tuesday night March 25 at 7pm at Basketball City (Pier 36) downtown.  The participating restaurants have not been announced yet, but if the previous years are any indication, there’s going to be exciting vendors that you can’t easily sample in Midtown at lunch time. Click here to purchase your early bird tickets.

Midtown to Get Manhattan’s First Smashburger: Thanks to Lunch'er Joe for passing along this little tidbit... it looks like Midtown is getting its very own Smashburger in April on 33rd btw. 5+6th. Brooklyn has had Smasburger for a few years, but this will be Manhattan's first location.  Zach wrote about a location in L.A. awhile back if you're interested>>   Lunch'er Joe

The Steel Cart Shows True Grits

When Brian first reviewed the Steel Cart back in May, he enjoyed their glorified grilled cheese sandwiches. But for a self-described brunch cart, their brunch offerings weren’t very suited to lunch. But that’s all changed now, because they’ve started serving grits.

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Astoria’s HinoMaru Opens “Lucky Cat Ramen” on 53rd

Just when you thought the Midtown ramen scene couldn’t get any better… HinoMaru Ramen, the Astoria ramenya that was included in Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list in 2012, has opened Lucky Cat Ramen on 53rd btw. 2+3rd in the old Social Eatz location. The menu is completely different than HinoMaru, so there’s no sign of the HinuMaru ramen or the fireball meatballs that Sietsema loves so much, but there is a tonkotsu style ramen, a shoyu ramen, and a tonkotsu/shoyu hybrid, as well as four other styles that I think you’d be hard pressed to find in any other ramen shop in Midtown.

Check out the menu after the jump…

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Bagel Express: Checking Out Your 2013 Pick For Midtown’s Best Bagels

Last week, we announced that you voted Bagel Express as having the best bagels in Midtown in 2013, so it seems a shame that while we’ve reviewed their rotisserie chicken, we’ve never actually reviewed their bagels. Let’s fix that.

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Flatiron Lunch: Terri has Shockingly Tasty and Partially Resolution-Friendly Lunches

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.

For those of you still observing a New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, Flatiron Lunch is here for you. Through the end of the month, we will try to highlight healthier options, or at least “healthier “ options. For those of you with no plans to eat more sensibly, you might be surprised by how genuinely tasty these options are – health aside.

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Naya Express Finally Opening on 56th

Back in April we reported that Naya Express, the Lebanese fast casual place on 3rd Ave, would be opening a new location on 56th btw. 5+6th Ave.  August was the estimated opening date, but that came and went… because… well… it always does.  We just got word that they are just waiting for the gas to be connected and should be opening in the next few weeks.  Huzzah!

Naya Express, 54 West 56th Street (btw. 5+6th)

Is The Little Beet Just One More Overpriced Healthy Salad Bar?


There are so many reasons why we probably shouldn’t write about The Little Beet on this site. First and foremost, the restaurant is named after a vegetable! Also, most things on the menu are quite a few dollars above the $10 ML price point. And on first glance, it looks like this is just a glorified (and more expensive) Dig Inn or Chop’t.

Yet this bright and lively storefront on West 50th Street recently opened to a lot of hype and the lines are already out the door. Not to mention the chef, Franklin Becker, is both well-respected (from Abe & Arthur) and well-recognized from television (Top Chef Masters). So if anybody could make healthy food taste good, this would be the guy, right? We figured it was worth checking out.

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Ginger’s: Under-reported Chinese Goodness

How could it be that ML has never covered Ginger’s?! This place sits brightly on 7th Ave, hard to miss but easy to overlook. Between the tourist map hawkers, juice bars, and a handful of generic delis, we find a haven of good stuff. Sure, Shanghai Broadway is bringing it too, but we owe it to ensure that our fine readers know the good from the bad. I’ve been to Ginger’s many times before and never been disappointed – it’s time to give them the Midtown Lunch treatment and put their fare to scrutiny.

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A Street Level Moe’s is Coming to Midtown


Another fast food Mexican-esque chain is expanding in Midtown. Moe’s Southwest Grill, an Atlanta-based chain that’s pretty popular in the southeast has been serving commuters in Penn Station since 2009. Now they’re opening their second location on Sixth Avenue between 38th and  39th Street. So in case the line is too long at the new Chipotle, this will be just a few blocks away.