Archive for February 2010

Last Day for Free Coffee: Not that today's the kind of day you want to be wandering the streets, but if you're so inclined, feel free to swing by one of the vendors listed on the Seamless Web Free Coffee Days website and grab yourself a gratis cup o' joe.

Downtown Links (The “I Need to Spend More Time in Chinatown” Edition)

Cumin Lamb from Famous Sichuan, courtesy of Bionic Bites

Hot Soup Cart Changed My Life. Honest.

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As those of you who read my post on the stew at Country Cafe might know, I’m not a big fan of soup.  It’s a dish that’s almost always dependent on a complementary item like a sandwich or massive amounts of bread in order to constitute a filling meal.  On top of that, I just haven’t had many earth-shattering soups.  I know they exist, otherwise Seinfeld wouldn’t have dedicated so much time to the Soup Nazi.  I just haven’t really experienced them.  Well, that has now changed and all thanks to a little place I like to call “The Hot Soup Cart.” Read more »

Xpress Power Lunch on Wall/Pearl Does Its Midtown Sibling Proud

After placing 2nd in Street Meat Palooza and 5th in Street Meat Palooza 2, the Xpress Power Lunch at 48th and Park got plenty of love from the Midtown Lunch community, and then subsequently some confusion about just who was running which cart.

I can’t speak to the current XPL situation in Midtown, but the Xpress Power Lunch cart on the southeast corner of Wall and Pearl definitely serves up street meat that could win top honors at a downtown palooza. I stopped by on Monday on the recommendation of Lunch’er Maatthias, who said it was just as much of a gem as Adel’s. After just one visit, I have to agree.

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Street Vendor Protests at Health Dept.: According to Gothamist, a street vendor protest was scheduled to start at 10am this morning over a NYC law that bans street vendors from leaving their carts at all while in operation. A nut vendor in Lower Manhattan apparently lost his license for ducking into a bookstore to use the restroom.  Protests should be taking place at the Department of Health Headquarters located at 253 Broadway.  Can anyone confirm? UPDATE: The Village Voice has the scoop...

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Erin”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, a Midtown transplant asks about all the good spots she needs to discover in and around Tribeca…

ErinName: Erin

Age: Quarter Century

Occupation: Publicist at a PR Firm which recently moved from Time Square to Soho.

Where do you work?: Canal and Hudson

Favorite Kind of Food: Potatoes, scallops and cheese are my weaknesses. Make me any combination of those three and I’ll empty my bank account for you. I didn’t eat red meat until about a year ago, so I’ve recently discovered how freaking good medium rare beef can be. Having grown up in Houston, authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex food is like comfort food for me. I’m also a novice baker (anything with liquor in it/on it/with it) and have an insatiable sweet tooth. Oh, and I’ve liked brussel sprouts and lima beans since I was a kid.

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Free Coffee Days are here: Seamless Web's Free Coffee Days have finally reached us Downtowners, at least those of us in the FiDi.  Take your pick from 15 coffee purveyors around the district, including Champs Deli's 30 Broad Street location. Free loaders engage...  (I've always wanted to say that.)