A Clarke’s Standard Lunch Option Well Under $10
All you people do is complain about the $10 lunch “limit” that ML self-imposed 8 years ago that has never been adjusted for inflation. Here’s a lunch option at Clarke’s Standard that stays well under $10, and should satisfy everyone.
The crispy buttermilk chicken strips – a box of FIVE – runs $5.25. Make it a combo – which gives you your choice of fries or sweet potato fries and a fountain soda (which means if you eat there, it’s free refills) – for another $3.
Bringing your total to $8.25, plus tax. You’re welcome, people.
There’s a choice of classic or spiced, and I mistakenly thought ‘spiced’ meant a dry spice rub added. Nope, these were doused in what tasted like Frank’s Red Hot, which was fine but not really what I wanted. The fingers themselves were crispy and nicely fried – not dry like white meat tends to be, and actually pretty good.
One thing to note – last time I ate at Clarke’s Standard there was an awesome array of sauces from which to choose. This time, they’d gotten rid of the tomatillo relish and replaced it with regular pickle relish instead. Not sure if that’s a permanent thing, or they just ran out this time.
In any case, I still think Clarke’s Standard is a great option for Midtown Lunch – especially those who gripe about staying within $10.
For those who don’t, you can also add on a Lil Clarke’s ice cream cup for $2.50. I tried the salted caramel. I liked it, but I probably won’t get it again – I couldn’t fit all 5 fingers as it was (though I will say one of them was markedly smaller than the others; the thumb maybe? Har, har).
Clarke’s Standard, 636 Lexington Avenue (southwest corner of 54th Street)
Locations also off Union Square & in the Financial District, check website