Archive for May 2008

Downtown Lunch: Guide to Chinatown Soup Noodles

Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, we’ll post a Downtown Lunch every Friday for those folks working in the lower half of New York City.  Admittedly, this column has been a little Chinatown heavy, but what can you do. If I worked Downtown, I’d eat in Chinatown every single day…

Our Downtown Lunch correspondent Daniel Krieger has taken the week off, so you’ll have to make due with this “Guide to Soup Noodles in Manhattan’s Chinatown” posted on the newly launched Serious Eats: New York (which I am now editing and writing for part time.  Fat man cannot survive on lunch in Midtown alone…)  

It’s a pretty comprehensive guide, and should be used as a checklist by every one of you.  Hell, you should already have a head start, since I know you all ran out and ate at Hong Kong Station after Daniel’s post a few weeks ago.

Guide to Soup Noodles in Manhattan’s Chinatown [Serious Eats: New York]

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Daniel Krieger’s Previous Downtown Lunch Posts
Luncher Grace Reports: The Ultimate Midtown Soup List 

Downtown Lunch: Excellent Pork Chop House

Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food).

How are you supposed to find the right Chinatown spot for a cheap lunch that is going to be better than the 100 other similar spots dotted on a downtown map? Well you can read this column every Friday to start. Or you can ask friends who work in the Chinatown area, which is what I did to find the Excellent Pork Chop House. I asked a friend of mine what her favorite place was for lunch and she immediately said, “Excellent Pork Chop House” on Doyers street. The name of the place is pretty confident and clear. If you go there you gotta try the pork chop because well, it’s probably going to be excellent. If it isn’t they should change the name to something else.   Read more »

Downtown Lunch: Rosario's

Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food). This week he leaves the comforts of Chinatown, for a great sandwich shop a little farther south…

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From a bang-for-your-buck perspective, it’s going to be tough to beat last week’s dirk diggler sized hot dog for a dollar, which remains so far- one of the best deals I’ve seen downtown. Not surprisingly as you move farther downtown from Chinatown, you move a bit higher in price- but for one of the best sandwiches below canal, you’ve gotta bite the bullet and go to Rosario’s.   Read more »

Downtown Lunch: The $1, Quarter Pound, Jumbo Hot Dog!

Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food), and seems to be particularly fond of Chinatown (my dream lunch location).  This week Daniel hits up one of the best deals in the city… the $1 Jumbo Hot Dog on Canal St. in Chinatown.  Coincidentally enough, the same little stand popped up on Ed Levine Eats Wednesday- leaving me to wonder if there is something in the air causing bloggers to crave giant Chinatown weiners… 

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The price of food is going up everywhere, but there are still good deals to be had in this city. If you happen to have spent your last $15 on a bootleg Gucci bag, or on a Fung Wah Bus ticket to Boston, you can probably still scrounge together a buck, which in Chinatown will get you one HUGE hotdog. If you’re near the entrance of the Manhattan bridge, you can find this window located at 149 Canal street next to what else… a Pawn Shop.  Read more »

Downtown Lunch: Hong Kong Station

Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food), and seems to be particularly fond of Chinatown (my dream lunch location). There are no shortage of “make your own salad” bars in Midtown. This week, Daniel shows us the Downtown version, an infinitely cooler “make your own noodle soup” .

Hong Kong Station has 3 locations in Chinatown, showing that people really do love to “Create your own noodles within your own budget” (Their slogan not mine.) These clean, almost cafeteria like noodle shops offer good fresh food, made almost instantly. All you have to do is choose what you want… Read more »