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I Tried Cafe Charlie’s Seafood Pizza, And Lived To Tell The Tale

Cafe Charlie Yolato

When I saw that the old standby Cafe Charlie (40th btw Mad+5th) had added seafood pizza to their menu, I stopped in to see what it was all about. They have a decent mandoo bar-the only such one in that area of Midtown-so I wasn’t too scared about trying seafood from them. I was also intrigued by their sign of “gold” or “white” seafood pizza. What exactly would “gold” pizza entail? Answer: every Italian’s worst nightmare… yellow cheese on seafood.

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Cafe Charlie’s “Mandoo Bar” is Not Bad

Cafe Charlie's Mandoo Bar
Cafe Charlie's Mandoo BarAll that talk about dumplings yesterday has put me in the mood for… well… dumplings. A quick look in the comments proves that there are no truly spectacular dumplings in Midtown. No one place here stands out as the best. (For that you have to head to Chinatown or to the outer bouroughs.) But there are some decent options, like the gyoza at one of the Japanese ramen spots (like Men Kui Tei, or Sapporo), wontons in chili oil from Szechuan Gourmet or Wu Liang Ye, or the new dim sum bar at Yushi. And of course there is the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, which has its fans (to go along with some very vocal detractors.)

For Korean dumplings (or mandoo) there is the well known “Mandoo Bar” on 32nd btw. B’way+5th . But the other day I read something in the forums about a new mandoo bar in Cafe Charlie, an otherwise generic Midtown deli on 41st btw. Mad+5th. Clearly an investigation was in order.

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