Croque Monsieur Coming Soon to Midtown

Attention, cheese ‘n carb fans! The Union Square gem, Croque Monsieur, has a second NYC location in the works at the corner of Lex and 45th St. For those that don’t know the original store, the grilled cheese is king here, and it speaks French. The owners even had the balls to open a sophomore store (and then some more) in Paris, so safe to say their grilled cheese is worlds away from your 3am hangover savior. And with all menu items under $10, you won’t get a financial hangover either.

From the looks of it, the new spot will only have enough room for a takeout counter. Okay, no cute upstairs window seat overlooking trees on the street. No backstory like the original Union Square digs, former apartment of writer Anaïs Nin. But we have damn low expectations of ambiance when stuck in the lunch rush. If the food is anywhere as good as the Union Square location, then Melt Shop has some competition to deal with. Let the comparisons begin!


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  • Totally unrelated to this post, someone at ML needs to do a write up on Roti on 43rd between 3rd and Lex. It’s delicious and like a Mediterranean Chipotle, and it’s under the ML limit.

  • While we’re at it, there was a new-to-me Mexican cart on 50th between 6th/7th, serving “Mexican Organic” basics – tacos (hard or soft), burritos, quesadillas, tostadas. There were platters as well. But 3 tacos for $9, platters ranging to $12… kind of steep given the competition.

    Plus, no Sombrero cart to offer the polar opposite in Mexican cuisine across the street.

    • There seem to be a bunch of mexican carts/trucks popping up. A generic looking truck has been at 46th (btw 5/6th), as well as a fancier “Mike & Jen’s Camion”. I’ll always look at the menu and kinda want it, then remember- i can get the same or similar items from Tacos y Quesadillas (53rd, btwn 7th/B’way) for much cheaper. Probably taste better too.

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    This replaces a crappy Rickshaw Dumpling location, that’s enough backstory for me.

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