Archive for November 2010

Taim Mobile Diverts To Soho Today: The new Taim Mobile truck was supposed to make its grand entrance in midtown today, but luckily for us they're coming downtown instead. According to their Twitter, the truck will be on Hudson btw. King & Charlton today for your lunching needs.

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Adam”

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 Adam who is a transplant from midtown but has made a good dent in downtown dining options. And he needs your help in finding some good drinking spots.


Name: Adam Prato

Occupation: IT manager in finance

Where you work: West Soho

Age: 37

Favorite Kinds of Food: No changes since my Midtown Lunch profile - Spicy food (Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Szechuan), Mediterranan (Turkish, Greek, Moroccan), European (Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Scandinavian, Irish, Eastern European, etc.), North/South American (Barbecue, Steakhouses, Peruvian, Brazilian, Argentinian), etc, etc, etc…

Least Favorite Foods: Japanese, French

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Mooncake Foods on Watts (btw. Thompson & 6th Ave.) – beef shin or steak sandwich is the best bang for the buck from all the places I’ve tried; Alidoro on Sullivan (btw. Prince & Spring) – having grown up in Bensonhurst, this place really brings back memories for a real Italian hero; Grand Deli on Grand St. (btw. Thompson & W. Broadway) – it’s a generic deli, but they do a great job on their rotisserie chicken; Pinche Taqueria (Multiple Locations), Yatagan Kebab House on MacDougal (at Bleecker) - you’ll never eat the “lamb meatloaf” from a cart ever again if you go here for their real lamb doner kebab. Read more »

Downtown Nicky’s Vietnamese Now Serving Pho: If you've ever despaired about the lack of Vietnamese noodle soup in the Financial District, you now have at least one option without taking the train to Chinatown. When Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches opened last month on Nassau & Ann a lunch'er noted that they would start serving pho soon like they do at the Brooklyn outpost. A call to the store this morning confirms that it's now available, just in time for the many freezing days ahead.

FIKA Proves You Can Eat Swedish Food Without Buying Furniture

The only previous experience I’ve had with Swedish food involves the IKEA cafeteria and I’m sure that’s about as close as most people have gotten to that country’s cuisine. As much as I love the dirt-cheap food there, I also know it’s like eating in a hospital cafeteria and no one ever said that food was good. Enter FIKA Swedish Espresso Bar, which started out in midtown but now has its flagship location down on Pearl St. (at Coenties Slip). While technically an espresso bar, they also make their own chocolate and serve both cold sandwiches and hot entrees and soup. I ventured down to see what was good to eat besides the meatballs. Read more »

Downtown Links (The “Countdown To Holiday Gorging” Edition)

I guess this is what happens when you’re de-franchised. Courtesy of Tribeca Citizen.

Get Started On Thanksgiving Early At Toasties

If you are one of the poor souls working today (or Friday) and are missing out on Thanksgiving, there is at least one option in the Financial District that incorporates all of the flavors of the holiday. That would be Toasties on John St. (btw. Broadway & Nassau) that has a Thanksgiving sandwich permanently on its menu. I’d been meaning to go here anyway after walking by a million times, and also on the recommendation of profiled lunch’er Paul. Find out if they pull off the tricky turkey/stuffing/cranberry combo after the jump.

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Free Pie At Bubby’s Today: If you work in or near Tribeca you might want to head over to Bubby's Pie Company on Hudson St. (at N. Moore) today for some free pie in celebration of their two decade anniversary. The giveaway started at 11 a.m. with 600 slices on hand, and will go until they're all gone.