There are places downtown that specialize in Japanese curry, sushi and baked goods. Then there’s Hiroko’s Place which pointedly does not offer sushi, but instead zones in on the comfort foods including casseroles and a version of spaghetti featuring unconventional ingredients. Somehow, this works, and I discovered that this kind of food is well-suited to a blustery winter day. Read more »
It’s soup weather and while there are several places to get your fix downtown, one of my favorites is at Alfanoose on Fulton St. (at Ryder’s Alley). Not only is their red lentil soup delicious, it’s also a steal and a complete meal if you pair it with one of their savory pies.
We got word yesterday from ML contributor Brian that a new truck called You Got Smoked was making its debut downtown at Wall and Water streets. Judging by the truck’s Twitter account (which they don’t update often), they’ve been parking in Williamsburg but apparently decided to venture into Manhattan. According to Brian they’re serving “BBQ/Mexican tacos” which sounds like another truck.
It was by chance that I discovered Pisillo, the new Italian panini shop on Nassau St. (btw. Fulton & Ann). The menu is simple with a roster of sandwiches and not an Italian-American park in the bunch. In fact, there aren’t any hot options at all, only cold cuts, cheese and a few vegetable toppings. You also won’t find any mayo or marinara sauce. These are all good things. Read more »
Word came yesterday that the renovation of Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport by the Howard Hughes Corporation is set to include a large food market in the style of Italian mecca Eataly. There aren’t many details of what exactly this market will contain, but it won’t be focused on the cuisine of just one country. And I think we can safely say whatever food options that come can be considered a win for that part of downtown.
New menu items keep popping up at A-Pou’s Taste cart and some of them are so different that I feel the need to try them. When I walked by the other day, there was a sign for a new dish called “brown meat sauce over rice” next to the ones for pork chop over rice and shrimp fried rice. What I was picturing in my head and what I got were pretty different, but the dish wasn’t like anything I’d eaten before. Read more »