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Now Midtown MomoMilkBar *Is* Serving the New Lunch Specials!

Milk Bar Midtown

Things got a little confusing on Friday re: the new Momofuku Milk Bar lunch specials. First we heard they had them at the Midtown branch (56th btw 5th+6th), then I got there and they didn’t. Then their PR person told us they weren’t going to offer them, and a few hours later Milk Bar tweeted out that they were!  So yesterday I called ahead just to be sure it was in fact on. Long story short, they’re now offering lunch specials at the Midtown Momofuku Mil Bar, but there aren’t as many options as some of the  other Milk Bar locations in the city.

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MomoMilkBar Not Serving Lunch Specials in Midtown!

I think it’s safe to say that our dream of having a Momofuku’ish lunch available in Midtown all those years has finally come true.  And as if to completely seal the deal, Momofuku Milk Bar is now serving bonafied lunch specials.  They’re $8, 9 and $10 and come with one of their signature items (like the pastrami croissant), plus chips and a drink.  Not all items are available at all locations (for example, as of the other day the pork and veg buns were not available in Midtown as part of this deal), but we’ll take it! We’re being told that the pork bun special is available at the Midtown location!

Momofuku Milk Bar (inside Ma Peche), 15 W. 56th St. (btw. 5+6th)

UPDATE: Remember that nonsense about dreams coming true? We take it all back. Blondie headed over to Milk Bar today only to discover that the lunch specials aren’t available in Midtown! We still love you Milk Bar. Your twitter account and PR people? Not so much.

Our Favorite Turkey Dishes in Midtown

Blarney Rock Pub
Photo by Donny T

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, all of the ML contributors have turkey on our minds. And of course this wouldn’t be Midtown Lunch if we didn’t try to think outside of the generic deli turkey sandwiches box (hello, Thanksgiving pizza anyone?). So we polled a few of our contributors to recall some of their favorite Midtown turkey dishes.
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Thanksgiving Croissants are Back at Momo!

Thanksgiving Croissant

Peace out Halloween, it’s time to think about turkey and stuffing! The croissant that inspired “Grease is nature’s lip gloss” is back at MomoMilkBar (56th btw 5th+6th) today! If you’re nursing a post-Halloween hangover, turkey, cranberry sauce, and gravy are waiting for you. Chocolate chocolate cookies and Chocolate Chip Cake are also returning to the menu!

Related:
MomoMilkBar Selling a Thanksgiving Dinner Stuffed Croissant!

Momofuku Midtown (aka Ma Peche) Gets a New Chef

Ma PecheSo bummed to read yesterday on Eater that Tien Ho has left as chef of Ma Peche (on 56th btw. 5+6th).  We’ve always been huge fans of his, and not just because he brought Momofuku to Midtown, installed a Midtown Lunch menu, and made sandwiches for our 5th Birthday Party. (Wait… that’s actually exactly why we love him!)  Anyway, Tien will be sorely missed but he let us know that his replacement, Paul Carmichael, is awesome and will do the restaurant proud.  I think I speak for everyone when I say, as long he doesn’t do away with the Midtown Lunch menu, we’ll all get along just fine!

Related:
Tien Ho is Our Vote For Best New Chef

Contributor Stalking (The “Should you eat these ribs?” edition)

Should you eat the ribs at Backyard Chicken? Um...yes! Photo by Andrea.

Brian had Beef Seven Ways meal at Ma Peche, Blondie says Levain Bakery has one of the best cookies in New York, Brownie is searching for fresh Colombian arepas con huevos, Chris panned Telepan, Donny’s been writing about New York’s Hidden Gems for the Wall Street Journal and I’ve been posting film photos from Peru.

Elsewhere in the ML universe… Andrea asks the preposterous question, “Should you eat ribs” at Backyard Chicken downtown, Jamie shared the Duck for Two special at Sang Kee in Philadelphia and Zach carbo-loaded on all sorts of Persian rice at Javan restaurant in Los Angeles.

Ma Peche Rejiggers Their Online Ordering System: If you like ordering lunch from Ma Peche (on 56th btw. 5+6th), but found their rule filed online ordering system to be annoying, you'll be excited for this news... they debuted a new online ordering system on Tuesday.  It's not only easier to navigate, but it has a lot more menu items now available- including pork buns, the pork belly sandwich they created for our birthday party, and party packs for 8-12 people.

Ma Peche is Now Serving Momofuku Pork Buns

Ma Peche Pork Buns

It’s been 2 1/2 years since we first begged Momofuku to come to Midtown. Obviously Má Pêche opening was huge, and we love everything that they’ve done for the lunchers of midtown. But we also love Momofuku’s pork buns, the lusciously fatty and sweet morsels that launched an empire. But up until this week, Ma Peche was pork-bun-less.  No longer. Yesterday Eater broke the huge news that pork buns are now available at Má Pêche for both the sit down lunch service, as well as the take-out service at the bar ($10 for 2). Naturally I used this as a excuse ran out and immediately got an order, and can confirm that these babies are just like the version we’ve enjoyed countless times from the Downtown Momofuku locations. Between this and the Ippudo news, our long held East Village jealousy might finally be coming to an end.

Related:
Your First Look at Ma Peche’s “Midtown Lunch” Specials

Ma Peche Adds Birthday Banh Mi to Menu

Special banh mi @ Ma Peche

Ma Peche (aka Momofuku Midtown) brought their A-Game to our 5th Birthday Party, and the reaction to the special banh mi was so positive they’ve decided to add it to the menu. The sandwich features pork belly and beef, paired with crunchy pickled daikon, crab mayo and green papaya, in a crusty roll. It’s not showing up on their online order form, so we can only assume that for now it’s available for eat in only. UPDATE: The sandwich is $10 and available to eat in or to go from the balcony bar.

Ma Peche, 15 W. 56th St. (btw. 5+6th)

Highlights From Our 5th Birthday Party

Crowd shot

On Saturday we gathered together at City Winery with a couple hundred of our closest friends to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Midtown Lunch (yes, we too are surprised this thing has been around for 5 years!)   A great time was had by all thanks to the amazing food (provided graciously by Kwik Meal, The Biryani Cart, Cer Te, Ma Peche, Food Gallery 32, El Rey del Sabor, Tri Tip Grill, Wafels & Dinges, Miss Softee & the Rolling Cones, Kelvin Slush, and Momofuku Milk Bar) and the endless drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and GuS’s soda.

Check out the highlights, after the jump…

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