Archive for 'Food Type'

New Chain Va Presto Pasta Bar to take over Satya space

New signage at the old Satya space proclaims Va Presto -Something-  is moving in. Anyone want to buy a vowel? “Go Quickly _____” in Italian sounds like an ominous name for a space vacated so quickly by the previous tenant. A permit posted on their 8th Avenue door gives some clues. Apparently we’re getting a pasta bar with alcohol (yay!) being opened by the Scottos, a family with a group of expensive (boo!) Italian restaurants throughout Long Island. Sorry, this carless New Yorker can’t say she’s been to any.

But wait… there’s more.

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GRK Bringing Rotisserie Meats, Yogurt to Grand Central Area

One of the most memorable lunches I ate as editor of Downtown Lunch was at GRK in the Financial District. The meal involved a Thanksgiving special of rotisserie turkey, and it was spectacular. Soon we’ll be able to enjoy Greek meats carved off spits in Midtown East, as they’re readying a location on Lex btw. 44th & 45th streets. In addition to these meaty delights (lamb/beef, chicken, pork) in pita or plate form, served with your choice of three tzatzikis, they also have a pretty kick-ass fresh or frozen Greek yogurt bar with both sweet and savory toppings.

Yes, there are places nearby to get meats on spits (Adana Grill for Turkish, Naya Express for Lebanese) but there’s always room for more.

A Closer Look at Some of Bian Dang’s Other Offerings

It’s been a LONG time since anyone here talked about Bian Dang, fka NYC Cravings, so I decided to wander over and try something besides the pork chop or chicken leg over rice. More after the jump.

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The Gobuki Korean Cart Serves Up Bargain BBQ

Sometimes I wander around in search of lunch, aimlessly, wondering what to eat. I really need some suggestions that y’all want to see here, so feel free to email me or comment on any of the posts I’ve written with recommendations – please! Your contributions are what make this site invaluable!

To that end, on my wanderings recently, I passed the Korean Gobuki Cart a few times before I decided sure, I can do Korean food – for less than $10… from a cart! Sounds like a win already; Korean food/BBQ is notoriously fairly pricy.

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Former SMP Winner Kwik Gourmet is Still on Its Game

Speaking of street meat… underneath the scaffolding at the southwest corner of 47th St. at Park is the Kwik Gourmet cart, which you may remember as the winner of Street Meat Palooza 3 in 2010. That win was four years ago, and the cart has never had a proper review on this site. I wanted to correct that wrong (OK, and really wanted an excuse to eat street meat), and any street cart that regularly draws a line of suits from the nearby banks and offices on Park must be earning their business. A look at their lamb + chicken over rice, and some bonus shrimp action, straight ahead.  Read more »

Jacques Torres Pops Up in Grand Central (Cafe Grumpy Coming Soon)

We got word that a pop-up location of chocolate maker Jacques Torres was opening yesterday in the Lexington Passage of Grand Central Terminal. For whatever reason, the shop had an “opening soon” sign on the door late in the day, but the inside looked ready to go- so we’re assuming they’re open today. The pop-up will be open throughout May, then closed for renovation until August when the space will reopen as a permanent fixture.

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The Rotisserie at Chicken Provence Might Haunt Your Dreams

Rotisserie chicken is not exactly a “hip” food, nor one that you often hear people gush about (not counting that one place on the Upper East Side.)  That second part changed for me last week when this tweet @Midtownlunch sent me to lunch at Chicken Provence—a newish French chicken takeout place—on 39th St. (btw Lex + 3rd). I got no less than five comments from people back at my office wondering what the amazing smell was. The good news was the chicken lived up to the aroma wafting from it.  Read more »

Lunch At Midtown’s First Birdbath Bakery Is Going To Cost You

When you walk into a place where baked goods and bespoke chocolate bars are displayed on a table, and there’s no menu board on display, it’s always a little suspicious, price-wise. Such is the case of the new Birdbath Bakery -a City Bakery offshoot- that opened a branch in the 2 Grand Central Tower atrium on 45th St. (btw. 3rd & Lex). I’ve eaten at the location in Tribeca a few times during my tenure as head Downtown Lunch’er and found the food mostly tasty, but with a high price tag that was hard to swallow.

I checked out a sandwich for you Midtown Lunch’ers, and you can hear the good and the bad of it straight ahead.  Read more »

Anka Grill Offers Pricey Turkish Options

Lexington Ave. in between 54th and 55th is a great block to grab lunch on. You’ve got Clarke’s Standard, Glaze Teriyaki, and Sur Empanada Factory. And now you can also get Turkish food thanks to the newly arrived Anka Turkish Grill.

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Ground Central is a Cool New Coffee Shop, But is it a Good Lunch Option?

Ground Central Coffee Company, a small coffee shop that opened on 52nd St. (btw Lex+3rd) last month, boasts a lunch menu with sandwiches that sound really good. And with price tags just below and sometimes above the ML limit, you’d expect them to be really good. But before we get to that, let me just say that Ground Central is a really cool coffee shop. It’s got a nice drink menu of coffees and teas and a nicely decorated interior with plenty of seating. It’s definitely somewhere I’d go to relax over a hot drink. They’ve also got a bunch of tasty-looking baked goods like madeleines, chocolate chip cookies, and financiers. And when you buy a sandwich or salad, you get a free drink.

But is it a good lunch option?

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