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Flatiron Lunch: Cafe el Presidente

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.

In May, Cafe el Presidente opened what looked to be an mini version of Eataly but with Mexican food. Over the past two months they have been rolling open the different components with take out still to come on or around July 1.

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2 Beans Has A Wall of Chocolate

2 Beans

Brian spotted 2Beans (Park btw 40th+41st) preparing for opening over the fall, but it wasn’t until the past few weeks that I got the chance to stop by and check it out. And holy moly, they have a wall of chocolate (plus coffee and pastries and fancy groceries.)

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‘Wichcraft Has Your St. Pat’s Needs

Corned Beef

In case your resident holiday office lady didn’t make you aware, today’s St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s forget about the disaster that is the Fifth Avenue parade and discuss where you can get your corned beef on. Of course all of Midtown’s Irish/Scottish/English pubs will be partaking, but given the drunken crowds, your peaceful pub lunch could end go south real fast. Our old favorite, ‘wichcraft, does have an answer. For the past few days, they’ve been serving a corned beef and cabbage sandwich. It’s served on grilled rye with sauerkraut, Gruyere and Russian dressing, and the whole sandwich is (admittedly above our price ceiling) $10.33. No word on whether it’s worth it or no (or whether it comes as pretty as this promo picture.)

If anyone knows of a sure shot place for your Irish Thanksgiving meal, leave it in the comments.

In Which We Beg Anthony Bourdain To Bring His Hawker Center-style Food Market to Midtown

Ever wonder “where in this big Food Gallery 32-style vertical Blade Runnerized crowded market am I gonna eat today?” as you mull over whether you want curry noodles, Singapore chicken rice, mee goreng, char kuey tiow, or other awesome Asian fare? According to The Post everyone’s favorite badass chef from Jersey, Anthony Bourdain, is exploring this as an option. Hudson Yards could be one of the developments where they want to put it – square at the edge of Midtown! Could this redefine out of bounds in favor of chicken rice? (short answer: IT DAMN WELL BETTER!)

Urban Space to Open Broadway Bites Today

Broadway Bites Exterior

Ever been jealous because you’re too far uptown for Madison Square Eats, too far downtown for Columbus Circle’s Market, and generally “meh” on the Bryant Park Market? Or wanted more lunchtime options in the K-Town region? Well, you’re in luck. Urban Space, the people behind Madison Square Eats, the Union Square Holiday Market, and the Columbus Circle Holiday Market are opening up Broadway Bites today in Greeley Square Park!

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Cinnamon Snail’s Fall Doughnuts, Available Today in Midtown

Cinnamon Snail
Even if you’re not on The Cinnamon Snail‘s vegan bandwagon, it’s very possible you’re on their doughnut bandwagon. And one of their draws are the seasonal updates to their doughnut line (they’re also now selling the Thanksgiving Sandoo, but that’s for another post.) Here’s three of the autumn-inspired flavors that can be found on the truck.

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Clarke’s Standard is Adding Two More Midtown Locations

Clarke's Standard 43rd & 2nd

We’re guessing Clarke’s Standard, PJ Clarke’s new fast casual concept on 54th & Lex, is doing well as the signage is up for their third location, the former Goodburger at 43rd Street & 2nd Avenue. This is their second Midtown East location, but don’t feel left out Midtown Westers. You should be getting your own Clarke’s Standard on 8th Avenue between 57th & 58th Street soon enough. We just heard in the comments that a Columbus Circle location opened a month ago on 8th Ave. btw. 57+58th.

Hopefully You Won’t See This Until Monday…

Happy Birthday America.

Transit Museum Food Cart Tour w/ Blondie & Brownie

Cinnamon Snail box of assorted doughnuts

A few months back, Brownie and I were approached by the Transit Museum to lead two food cart tours through Midtown East. Of course, we said yes. We are all about spreading the knowledge we learned while making New York a la Cart. The first of these tours happens this Friday, the 17th from Noon to 2pm–perfect for anyone who can take a long lunch. The tour will go up Park Avenue from Grand Central and you’ll learn all sorts of great things plus there will (most likely) be doughnuts. For more information on our tour and the other programs from the Transit Museum, click here. For tickets, click here.

Ranchito del Agave Shuttered For Serving Alcohol to Minors

It’s 23 Skiddoo for the Tequila Baron of 9th Ave – apparently Ranchito del Agave, who holds honors for buffet excellence dating back to the Brooks Era, was busted by the fuzz last week! A confidential source tipped us off to the sign and its big neon closure. Illegal alcohol sales? Anyone ever get offered something off the menu? Until they reopen, you can get your Mex on at Rinconcito Mexicano or La Montanita, not too far away on 8th.

UPDATE: We finally got to swing by the still-shuttered Ranchito, and a copy of the affadavit taped to the door (mostly torn off by unhappy Ranchitadores) states several incidents where a minor with the police auxiliary was served alcohol. Ouch!