Archive for June 2010

Cheeky Sandwiches Gets Shout Out From NY Times

I wasn’t the only one to find the New Orleans-style sandwiches at Cheeky Sandwiches on Orchard St. delicious, it seems. The Times did a short review in its $25 and under column and loved both the half and half po’ boy and chicken biscuit that I recently sampled. Just stay away from that veggie muffalata on their menu, which Zach deemed an abomination for its lack of cold cuts…or any meat.

Wah Mei Serves Up a Pork Chop Feast At Rock Bottom Prices

Oh Chinatown, you just keep serving up the delicious and cheap food in true Midtown Lunch style, and my latest venture to one of your restaurants made me love you even more. That place is Wah Mei Pork Chop Fast Food on Hester St. (btw. Baxter & Mulberry). It’s one of two Taiwanese pork chop places in that neighborhood, the other being Excellent Pork Chop House on Doyers. Wah Mei has a pretty limited menu consisting of pork chop or chicken over rice or noodles, soups and fried rice. Clearly, if pork chop is in the name, that is what must be eaten when you first go there. Read more »

Late Lunch Opportunity At Tribeca Food Cart Market Today: An organization called Grameen America that provides loans to some food cart vendors in all five boroughs is having a market at St. John's University Campus on Murray St. (at West) today from 1:30 to 4:30. Food options will include Caribbean, Ecuadorean, Puerto Rican and Southeast Asian, and the vendors keep the money and get exposure. If you're up for a late lunch go check out some vendors you otherwise couldn't get downtown (or anywhere in Manhattan)!

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Sherry”

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, we have Sherry, a fellow food blogger with a twist who likes Asian food of all stripes and is mourning the loss of her favorite food cart.

Name: Sherry

Occupation: Co-founder of Appetite for Good (, a new kind of food blog that focuses on the philanthropic side of chefs and restaurants.

Where you work: Soho, for my day job

Age: 25

Favorite Kinds of Food: I’ll give anything for good Japanese food. I love love love sushi! And Chinese food – good, authentic Chinese food is really hard to find in New York, though. I just came back from Shanghai and had some of the best dim sum I’ve had in my life. I wish I can find dim sum of that caliber (and price LOL) in Chinatown!

Least Favorite Foods: Call me boring, but I can’t eat anything too salty or greasy. I have a “delicate” palate, as described by one of my friends. Hey, gotta be sensitive to all the subtle flavors of Japanese food, right? Read more »

ESPN Match Truck Back At Bowling Green Today: The ESPN Match Truck that's been making the rounds of the city with its international food deliciousness will be back at Bowling Green today starting at 9 a.m. You can check them out on Twitter, and just take my word for it that it's worth a visit just for the bunny chow.

Qba Cuban Kitchen Truck In FiDi Today: A newish truck from New Jersey, Qba Cuban Kitchen, will be serving up food in the Wall St. area today starting around noon, according to their Twitter post this morning. Sounds like they have sandwiches, rice and beans, and of course, pork, and midtown already got a taste of it. Will let you know when they have an exact parking location up.

Lunch In A Russian Bath House Is Just As Weirdly Awesome As I Expected

A while back when I was reviewing Tandoor Palace on Fulton St., to what did my wandering eyes did appear but…a Russian/Turkish bath house with a restaurant. The unnamed restaurant is within the enormous Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 (seriously, I could have gotten lost in there), and they serve a just out of Midtown Lunch price range three-course lunch for $11.95. “This is amazing,” I thought to myself. And so, one day I rounded up a co-lunch’er and went with an empty stomach and thoughts of erasing the vegetarian lunch I had the day before from my mind. Read more »