Got some sad news over the weekend via twitter… DC Fusion Cafe, the bourbon chicken spot that moved from the Manhattan Mall to 7th Ave. btw. 36+37th when JC Penny shut down the food court, appears to be closed. We have no official confirmation, but our new man Jeremiah walked by this morning and it definitely looks closed. What’s a mall food court bourbon chicken lover to do?!
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It might surprise some of you to hear this, but sometimes even I have trouble deciding where to eat lunch. (It’s a daily dilemma we all share.) And on Friday, I was having an especially tough time picking a place to go. I even asked for recommendations via Twitter and Facebook, and offered free lunch to anyone whose suggestion I ended up taking. Of course that was before I read Friday’s Downtown Lunch column. After that, there was no question what I was eating for lunch… bourbon chicken! And I didn’t even have to head to the FiDi to get it. I just walked over to DC Fusion Cafe (on 7th Ave. btw. 37+38th.)
When DC Fusion Cafe opened on 7th Ave. btw. 36+37th, I was pretty excited to welcome bourbon chicken back to the Midtown Lunch’ing landscape. Although I was baffled by their pricing model: $6+ for one meat, one veggie and one starch. Are you joking? A true mall food court spot gives you at least the option for two meats (and ideally three!)
Well, thankfully DC Fusion Cafe has realized the error in their ways and have started offering a special of any two chicken dishes plus a side order for $6.39. After all bourbon chicken over lo mein is nice, but it’s far better when you can alternate bites with some orange chicken. Not sure how long this “weekly special” will last, but here’s hoping it’s permanent.
Like a heroin addict who can’t stay away from the methadone, my addiction to cheap Chinese food often manifests itself in my inability to eat at a mall food court without getting bourbon chicken. Sure, “technically” it’s not Chinese food- but who are they kidding? We all know bourbon chicken (and its many permutations) was invented so all the non-Chinese food spots could lure those with the same affliction as me away from the one Chinese food option in the food court. (Plus, it works as the perfect free sample.)
So you can imagine how excited I was to discover that the people who ran the “Cajun Cafe” in the now closed Manhattan Mall Food Court, have reopened their food court stand as a brick and mortar shop- replacing Pow Wok on 7th Ave. btw. 36+37th.