The day after Crisp announced that they’d be taking their falafel from storefront to the street, we got some bad news from a tipster regarding the M.I.A. Daisy May’s BBQ Cart. “Just wanted to give you guys a heads-up – I noticed the Daisy May’s Cart on 50th St. has not been there for the past couple of weeks and finally decided to give the restaurant a call. It turns out that they’re not doing the cart anymore — a big loss for Midtown lunch options, in my opinion. You guys should spread the word – maybe if enough people request it they’ll bring it back!” Sad news from one of the original gourmet food carts to launch from a brick and mortar. Daisy May’s used to pull their carts off the streets when the weather got bad, but this sounds a bit more permanent. Here’s hoping it’s not! UPDATE IN THE COMMENTS: The cart might be back on April 1st?
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It’s freakin freezing outside today, so I had no choice but to go for my favorite non-soup, gut warming lunch: a bowl of Texas style red chili from the Daisy May’s cart on 50th btw 6+7th. It’s a beanless chili (your co-workers will thank you) filled with big chunks of super tender beef. Cheese, sour cream, onions, and a tortilla come on the side, all for $7. I don’t know if the tiny cup of rice and beans was worth it, but I was glad to have it at the end to mix with the leftover sauce and condiments. Slightly spicy, completely satisfying, and most importantly- it warmed me up.
Don’t get too excited about the second Daisy May’s BBQ Cart that popped up like a mirage in the distance on Park Ave. this week. I got this email from an East Side Lunch’er very excited by Daisy May’s return to Park Ave. (they had a cart there last summer, which has not returned):
I saw from a distance that there was a Daisy May BBQ cart on Park Ave between 52nd and 53rd Street. I will take a closer look when I go out to lunch at 2:00. I hope they have some food left. — Alan
It turns out that it wasn’t a mirage, but it’s not exactly the triumphant return lunch’ers were hoping for. Apparently the cart on Park is only there for the filming of Adam Sandler’s new movie “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan“, and isn’t even serving any food. The angry and disappointed emails have already started pouring in:
Dude I was really bummed and pissed actually when I [realized the] Daisy May’s BBQ cart at the Seagrams Building on Park+52nd… was just for the filming of the Adam Sandler movie, and you could not actually get any â€˜cue. Grrrr. –Jason
According to IMDB ”You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” is rumored to star Mariah Carey. All will be forgiven if we see her crazy ass eating at a Midtown street cart.
BBQ lovers are not the only ones who have been effected by the production. The Jiannetto’s Pizza truck that appeared on 48th this week, is actually the cart that is normally on Park Ave. When the movie leaves, the Park Ave. Jiannetto’s truck will return, and they will put their newly built truck on 48th. St.
As always, if you have any Midtown Lunch news, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Yorkers love their BBQ. If you doubt that, try going to the Big Apple BBQ Fest at the beginning of the summer in
Bryant Park Madison Sq. Park (I’m retarded). I had read tons about it- but couldn’t believe what I saw when I actually went. People waiting hours in line to buy these tiny $7 plates of BBQ from different vendors from across the country. And if you want to try all the different choices, you’ve got to go with an entourage of friends, each waiting in a separate line. Go alone and you have to sit in 3 different one hour lines to get what would be considered a meals worth of food. And worst of all- what does it say about the BBQ places in New York City? Are they so bad that you’d be willing to wait an hour for four baby back ribs from Illinois.
Well, despite people’s willingness to wait hours in line every June in Madison Sq. Park, there are *some* decent BBQ places in NYC. Which one is the “best” is always up for debate- you know, when people aren’t arguing about where to get the “best” burger in town. (Actually the irony of the BBQ fest being in Madison Sq. Park was not lost on me. It is also home to the longest burger line in New York City.)
Lucky for us in Midtown there is no real dispute as to where the best BBQ is. Seeing that Dinosaur, R.U.B., and Blue Smoke are all outside of Midtown- it leaves only one true choice for the best BBQ (for the purposes of this blog of course). Daisy May’s BBQ. (Beware those of you who feel the need to speak up for Virgil’s on 44th… unless you want to be accused of being a tourist who knows nothing of good BBQ).
The actual Daisy May’s restaurant is on 11th Ave. & 46th St., but they have graced Midtown with the presence of THREE carts serving BBQ sandwiches and chili during lunchtime. I thought everyone knew about Daisy May’s… but once again, I brought my sandwich back to my desk, and the guy next to me asked where I got it. I had to answer “The BBQ cart. You know… the one that is right outside the entrance of our building”. Of course, this is the same guy who asked if my sandwich from Cosi was a falafel… (If you work next to someone like this- and I know you do, please forward them a link to this blog. They need our help the most…)
Pictures, where you can find the three different carts, and the +/- after the jump… Read more »