Every year we post a friendly PSA before Thanksgiving (semi) joking about how we’re going to be avoiding the Rock Center area pretty much from now until January 1st. Sadly, we now have to extend that warning to the restaurants around Rock Center as well! Serious Eats: New York has posted a tourist friendly guide to finding food near the big tree, and it includes such ML faves as The Biriyani Cart, Tuscany Catering, Five Guys, the Eggstravaganza Cart, Burger Joint, Naples 45, Prime Burger, Bill’s Bar & Burger, Macchiato Espresso Bar, Akdeniz, and Men Kui Tei. Thanks guys. No… seriously. Thanks.
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Because of the craziness at the UN this week, there are a ton of street closures wreaking havoc on Midtown East today. According to the comments, the Mexican Cart on 60th and 3rd was super late setting up, and I got word in an email that the Dessert Truck couldn’t park at their normal spot on Park Ave. and 52nd Street. Any other problems? Feel free to post in the comments. I’m guessing there will be similar issues on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wow… where to start on this one.
1. Posted in a law firm kitchen. Don’t those people make enough money?
2. Points for clever use of DNA. Bonus points for not making it clear exactly what he would be using as “seasoning”. Not knowing is always scarier.
3. Was this salad homemade or from a chain? I’m guessing it was homemade- because if you’re adding “DNA seasoning” to your lunchtime leftovers while at work, that is gross. And who steals homemade food out of the fridge anyway? You don’t know where that stuff came from, or how good a cook your co-worker is. If you are going to steal, stick to lunchtime leftovers from actual restaurants.
4. Finally, a tip for people with leftovers. Finish your damn food! Leftovers is never an issue with me…
If you were hoping to cross the Avenue of the Americas for lunch purposes today, you may be very disappointed. The MLB All Star Parade will be shutting down 6th Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, from 40th Street all the way up to 58th Street, and while there will be some cross streets open to pedestrians along the route, I think it’s safe to say you should pretty much steer clear of 6th Avenue during lunch; unless of course you have an interest in watching grown men in baseball uniforms walk down the street for absolutely no reason (they didn’t even win nothing,) in which case you must be very excited.
From yesterday’s NY Post:
A well-dressed, well-coiffed daytime purse-snatcher has been targeting unsuspecting women [in Midtown] as they lunch… He is responsible for at least eight handbag heists in the last six weeks, and possibly as many as nine more… surveillance tapes show the scoundrel on April 21, at Chef Yu near Penn Station… The bandit has stealthily strutted off with thousands of dollars from ladies lunching at the Bread Factory Café in the Theater District, Koryodang Bakery in Midtown, Café Duke near the Port Authority bus terminal, the Radisson’s Martinique Café on Broadway, among others. The thief was last spotted striking the Bread Factory Café on May 10 and 12, where he stole a handbag, a camera and a wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards.
I would normally say ‘people who eat at places like “Bread Factory Cafe” deserve to be robbed’, but Chef Yu and Cafe Duke? Those are bonafide Midtown Lunches! Be careful out there…
Asking me to not eat lunch out for a day, is like asking a Doctor to stop saving lives. (People depend on me in a way, right?) It feels weird posting something to this site about skipping lunch, but it’s for a good cause, so I guess Midtown Lunch can skip a day of eating out. Today is City Harvest’s “Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger” day, and they’re asking individuals to donate what they would normally spend on lunch, to help feed New York City’s hungry kids and their families. With the amount of money you would spend on a Midtown Lunch ($10), they can help feed two children for a month. And if you didn’t bring a bagged lunch, or can’t skip lunch entirely (I know I usually pass out if I’m not lunch’ing by 12:15), get two slices of $1 pizza, and give the other $8 to City Harvest.
For more info, or to donate money, go to http://www.cityharvest.org/skiplunch/
A friendly little Public Service Announcement for all our practicing Catholics. If you are looking for a cheap and quick meatless lunch that doesn’t involve a filet o’ fish sandwich from McDonald’s, check out my personal favorite fried fish sandwich in Midtown at Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart on 45th St. just East of 6th Ave. If you’re not into that, there are plenty of recommendations from my lent post from last year… all of the places listed still apply (except for Ressie May’s which has closed.) I won’t be crazy enough to recommend Zen Burger (for fear of drawing the anger of all the commenters), but their whole menu would be lent friendly as well…
Got your own suggestion? Post it as a comment below…
The tree lighting ceremony is tonight. So if you work in a Midtown building, that does not have an underground tunnel to the subway- don’t even bother trying to leave work. What’s that? You work 6 blocks and 2 avenues away from Rockefeller Center? I defy you to ignore to the suckiness. It’s impossible. I’m angry right now- and I’m at my desk 36th floors above the madness.
Also, please refer as many tourists as possible to this site, forwarded to me by Profiled Midtown Lunch’er Conrad Logic. ”The Ministry of Tourism Abatement“ will help them to follow important rules, such as “walk at a brisk pace”, don’t ask “directions from residents who are clearly busy” and “dine in chain and franchise restaurants only”.
This concludes the Midtown Public Service Announcement.