Archive for August 2010

Tickets On Sale For “Ultimate Lunch Break”: This is pretty cool: An event by food Web site Epicurious in a few weeks will have a smorgasbord lunch in Soho on Sept. 30 featuring eight eateries that are mostly from Brooklyn and the East Village. Tickets are $35 for early and late lunches. Seriously, Pies 'N' Thighs, Porchetta and Mimi's Hummus for lunch!?!

Unconventional Chicken Tikka At Biryani House Is Worth Checking Out

I haven’t been back to check out the Biryani House cart after eating both their biryani and kati rolls the first week they opened. They were both good, but I also had my eye on the chicken tikka masala and some of the seafood over rice options. I headed over to see if the chicken tikka was any good and if they’d changed their menu at all. Basically, I was just looking for an excuse to eat street meat. Read more »

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Nick”

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 Nick Horman, who knows a thing or two about pickles and favors the Lower East Side and Village for his lunches.

 width=Name: Nicholas Horman, aka Nicky Pickles

Occupation: Owner of a small pickle company

Where you work: Horman’s Best Pickles, Carmine St. & 6th Ave.

Age: 27

Favorite Kinds of Food: Falafel, lobster rolls, Indian, burgers,  anything pickled, Korean BBQ

Least Favorite Foods: Cheap pizza, fast food

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Luke’s Lobster (Multiple Locations) for the lobster roll, The Blind Tiger Ale House on Bleecker St. (at Jones) for the apple bacon cheddar melt (served with my pickles) and Veselka on 2nd Ave. (at 9th St.) Read more »

Souvlaki Truck Now Prowling The Streets: There's a new Greek food purveyor called the Souvlaki Truck in town, and it sounds like they could be hitting downtown before braving midtown. Sounds like they're doing a slow launch, and could show up anywhere this week, so look for their location on Twitter. If anyone sees them out and about, or samples the souvlaki and fries, let us know.

Choza Brings Solid Tacos To Deprived Downtown

I am hardly ever in the area where the Open Air Cafe is, at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and next to the gigantic 1 Centre St. building. Two of the four kiosks that make up the cafe had opened a while back, and I ate a delicious sandwich at The Pantry. Choza Taqueria was not yet open when I went over there (and neither was the now-open Sauced that serves pastas and pizza), which totally bummed me out since I really wanted tacos that day. Well, I am happy to report they’re open serving tacos, burritos, salads and a few side items (there’s also another location opening in the Flatiron soon) Let’s take a look at what was nestled in the corn tortillas, shall we? Read more »

Downtown Links (The “Things On Buns” Edition)

Mmm…fat. Courtesy of Lunch with Front Studio

  • If wanting to take a train to go eat this hot dog and french fries at Soho Park is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. [Lunch with Front Studio]
  • A new restaurant called Bun & Co. is opening in the old Kampuchea space this weekend. I will take a tongue sandwich topped with rum bacon, please. [Grub St.]
  • One of the last locations of Andrews Coffee Shop is no more, with the shuttering of the FiDi location. I will remember them for their free WiFi. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]
  • Luzzo’s Pizza is opening its third branch on Church St. in Tribeca in the next three months. [Crain's]
  • The caprese panino at Farinella is tasty, but will run you nearly a 10 spot if you want a real lunch. [Serious Eats NY]

Reaching Fancy Burger Overload At Go Burger Truck

The Go Burger Truck debuted a while ago and is parked semi-permanently on Front St. at the South Street Seaport, and to be honest I really had a hard time drumming up enthusiasm. You might say that I have reached fancy burger fatigue, and also, I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around a $5 (single, unadorned) hamburger from a truck. It doesn’t help that much like the La Cense Burger Truck (which incidentally, is parked a few blocks away at the end of Wall St.) it’s essentially a billboard for a product, which in this case is the BLT restaurants.  I had an even harder time drumming up excitement after a Five Guys opened just a short walk up Fulton St. Then there was the, shall we say, “scathing” review on Blondie & Brownie in which the food was so bad it ended up in the trash.

On a particularly indecisive day, I figured it was time to eat one of the Go burgers and find out if it was worth the cost and hype. Find out my verdict after the jump. Read more »