Downtown Lunch: Finding New Options at the Dine Around Festival
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so 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 (ensuring 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 past Tuesday was the annual Dine Around Downtown event at Chase Manhattan Plaza. A ton of upscale restaurants pitched tents and served some of their more popular dishes, keeping the costs low enough to sample some of their best stuff.
I went to check it out and ended up stuffing myself silly- obviously spending more money than I normally would on lunch, but isn’t that kinda the point of these things? The lines were crazy long and the scene was mad but people were happy walking around with their bowls of lobster mac-n-cheese and waiting on the long ass line for a $6 Delmonico’s steak sandwich (I just couldn’t fathom that wait).
What I did end up waiting for, is after the jump…
Harrys Italian – My first tasting was at this new (yet to open) Harry’s on 2 Gold Street, an offshoot of the fancier Harry’s Cafe at One Hanover Square (it’s slated to open on June 15th.) They had a great looking meatball sub for $4, so I had to give that a try. The meatballs were fluffy (which I like opposed to the heavy bombs you sometimes get) and although the chef got a bit overzealous with the sauce, it was delicious. I only managed a few bites before I was making a total mess of it and had to move on to other things. It looked like a massacre, as you can see from the photo. I’ll be back to check out their menu later this month as they promised a variety of sandwiches and dishes under $10. 2 Gold St (btw Flatt and Maiden), 212-747-0797.
Wall Street Burger Shoppe - The extra P in Shoppe must be for Pretty fucking good burger! It was my first time having one and I have to say it’s one of the best burgers I’ve had downtown to date. They were slinging these smallish but flavorful beef patties for $5 (which is actually more than the $4.50 you pay for them at their actual location), but it was worth it. I loved the blend of the meat and their special sauce which has a thousand island/big mac type flavoring. At the restaurant you can get a burger, fries, and soda for $9 or for $12 you get 2 burgers. 30 Water Street (near Broad), 212-425-1000
The Ketch – This place was serving up a lump crabcake sandwich with a chipotle remoulade for 5 bucks. This was a decent offering but not entirely memorable. I’m not sure I’d specifically go to the restaurant to try it out, where you can get it for $15 with fries. 181 Pearl Street (and Cedar), 212-514-7700
Trinity Place - That crabcake sandwich left me craving a bit more seafood so I hit up Trinity Place where they smartly combined their food with a beverage and desert, making it the best buy of the day in my opinion. Their Lobster BLT came with a small cup of Watermelon Aqua Fresca and a chocolate truffle for dessert. The lobster BLT was pretty amazing, with a slice of crispy bacon on the top of it. This is something I’d definitely consider trying in their actual restaurant although the steep $20 price tag (it comes with a salad or home fries) might deter me. 115 Broadway (at Cedar St.), 212-964-0939
I might just wait in that Delmonico’s line next time, or perhaps try the $6 Harry’s lambchop that people were raving about (which normally goes for a whopping $46 on their menu for two larger sized chops.) I’m definitely looking forward to the next one of these.
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger