Archive for November 2009

Frites N Meats Delivers; Downtown Forum Now Active: No Downtown Lunch post this week, but we did get this bit of news from the Frites N Meats Truck.  They're now offering delivery.  Also of note for Downtown Lunchers... you have your own "Downtown Eating" and "Downtown Connections" sections in the forums.  Enjoy!

Jou Jou Café Redeems the Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad does not get a whole lot of love here on Midtown Lunch. In fact, there’s little about this old lunchtime workhorse on the site beyond this post on the forum sending those seeking egg salad to Ess-a-Bagel or Eisenberg’s.  And I can understand why. Bad egg salad is truly awful, and most egg salad out there is bad egg salad. I love egg salad that I’ve made myself when I can keep the mayonnaise level under control, but I almost never order it when I’m eating out.

Unless there’s a really good reason to, and the relatively new Jou Jou Café at Nassau St. and Maiden Lane offers up just such a reason: Their egg salad is not just any egg salad. It’s Israeli egg salad.

Hell yes.

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Ruchi Cafe And The Tale Of Two Street Meats

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I went back to the basics this week to try and find the Financial District’s equivalent of the street meat all-stars reigning over Midtown we hear so much about. It’s always “Famous Halal Guys” this and “Trini-Paki Boys” that. Well when’s it gonna be our turn? When are we gonna have a Halal cart to make the Midtowners drool? This is the mission I’ve taken upon myself: to find the best Halal cart downtown. It will be difficult, but I am willing to sacrifice many a lunch break in this treacherous journey. And I shall not rest until I have found that cart.

*Ahem* Right. So, the cart that caught my eye this round is called Ruchi Cafe on Maiden Lane between William and Nassau. I’ve been keeping an out for any stirrings at the downtown Baoguette location at 9 Maiden Lane and when I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary a couple weeks ago, I took a wander down the road and stumbled across this cart. I didn’t remember seeing it there before so I took a gamble on a rainy day to see what I could come up with.

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Frites N Meats Adds "Burger of the Week"

Frites'N'Meats 001Some news for our Downtown Lunch’ers about the Frites N Meats Truck… not only are they now open until 7pm, and will take orders over the phone (917.292.9226), but they’ve also added a new “Burger of the Week”.  The first one gets introduced on Monday and it’s called the “Mediterranean Burger”, featuring “Ground Lamb, Goat Cheese, and Figs Marinated in Port”.  Oh my.

Downtown Lunch: Your First Look at the Frites N Meats Burger

Downstairs at Yip’s is Just Round 1

Yips could be a Manhattan restaurant empire, or “yip” could just be a Chinese word for restaurant. I am absolutely clueless. Either way, there are a lot of them. There’s the Yips that Zach wrote about in Midtown (plus Ho Yip), and The Google has listings for three Yip’s downtown as well a Yip’s Dragon Style Kung Fu on the Lower East Side. So while there’s nothing apparently “Dragon Style” about the Yip’s Restaurant on Beaver St. between Broadway and Broad, its sprawling pay-by-the-pound buffet is chock full of ways for cheap Chinese addicts to get their fix.

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