Flatiron Lunch: Quail Curry, Openings and Closings

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.

I know. I know. I am supposed to stay away from Indian food for a while on Flatiron Lunch, but this was too exciting. Remember back in August when I tried twice and failed twice to order the quail curry at Lahori Kebab? Well, I was walking by recently on Thursday looking for dinner, and they had it! It was as amazing as I was hoping. Where else in Flatiron can you get a whole curried quail? (Seriously, if you know of any place, let us know in the comments.) It tasted great (as did the saag I ordered with it), and the only drawback was that it isn’t eligible for the $8.99 combo specials. I managed to convince them, with the help of a regular customer, to let me do it with an up-charge bringing the total to about $13. I think it was totally worth it.

Lahori Kabab, 124 Lexington Avenue (between 28 and 29 Streets), (212) 400-1166

But wait… there’s more.

In exciting Mexican food and food market news, Cafe el President is opening on West 25th in about a month. Like a mini Eataly, they will have a table service restaurant in the back. By the door, there will be quick serve juice and coffee bars with to-go food. The mini grocery store is supposed to have queso freso, which is exciting to me because most Manhattan grocery stores (except Western Beef) don’t sell it. Oh and a tortilleria. The tacos are supposed to be cheap, but I am sure you all will judge if they are ML cheap.

Cafe el Presidente, 30 West 25th Street btwn Broadway and 6th Avenue, opening late April 2014

In sad news, Cafe Medina has closed. Home of the best soup bar in FL and an enticing hot-food bar, it is unfortunate that such a solid option has closed. What do we predict will take its place?

Cafe Medina, 9 East 17th (between Broadway and 5th Avenue), CLOSED


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