Archive for November 2010

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Julia”

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 Wall Streeter Julia who likes vegetarian buffet and pizza for lunch and is looking for a good source of a brunch staple.


Name: Julia

Claims technician

Where you work: Wall St.

Age: 29

Favorite Kinds of Food: anything! Pizza especially, I think.

Least Favorite Foods: Cheesecake

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Little Lads Basket in the lower level of 120 Broadway – They have tasty vegetarian food, home style buffet, and stuff like breads and popcorn you can purchase.  Also, there are an abundance of food/smoothie trucks and fruit vendors.  I love pizza from Underground Pizza on William (btw. Beaver & Pearl). Read more »

Prosperity Still Makes My Favorite Dumplings In Chinatown

As you guys may know by now I like dumplings. Any kind of dumplings. And when you give me 5 of them for $1, and throw in a sesame pancake on the side I couldn’t ask for a better carb-explosion of a lunch. I hadn’t been to Prosperity Dumpling on Eldridge St. (btw. Hester & Canal) in a while because it’s not exactly close to where I work. It’s well-known among those who love cheap, delicious Chinatown treats, but shunned by those who would rather walk up the street a couple of blocks to the larger (and more expensive) Vanessa’s Dumpling House. I actually discovered Prosperity after going to Vanessa’s one day and seeing how packed it was. Read more »

Fulton Transit Center Claims A Burger King

 width=Up until now it’s mostly been local stores forced to relocate due to the massive Fulton Transit Center construction. Most notable to lunch’ers until now was the loss of Tokyo Kitchen, but now it looks like the Burger King on Broadway & John St. has also fallen victim to the project. As you can see from the sign taped to the door, you only have to walk a couple of blocks to get your chicken fries and Whoppers from the King.

Downtown Links (The “I Prepared For A Marathon By Eating At Sea World” Edition)

"Sunday gravy" from Table Tales Cafe at the New Amsterdam Market, New York

Now that’s some good looking gravy. Courtesy of Eating In Translation

Presenting…A Ranch 1/Soupman Combo?

As I was walking back from lunch I happened to notice that the location of The Original Soupman on Pearl St. (btw. Wall & Hanover) that’s been papered over forever and under renovation looked open. Well, they weren’t, but that’s not the interesting part. It looks like they’re still going to be serving Soupman items, but also Ranch 1 chicken?! This seems like a weird combo to me but I’m going to wait to pass judgment until I can actually eat here. I really hope they have someone standing outside in a chicken costume! Let us know in the comments if you see them up and running for lunch.

A Trip To The All You Can Eat $7 Buffet At Sea World Will Not Kill You

The other day I told a couple of people that my lunch destination was Sea World on Church St. (at Lispenard) to further investigate the $6.99 buffet that popped up. They wished me luck in the way that people do when you tell them you’re taking the subway to the Bronx or going to eat a McRib. My stomach has handled worse things than fried seafood, I thought, and it’s only come back to haunt me once! When I got there and asked if the buffet was by the pound, I heard the magical words “No, it’s all you can eat.” And with that I was handed my plate and went over to see what my strategy would be for gorging on fried foods. Read more »

Get Two Yushi Katsu For The Price Of One: This week Yushi introduced baked chicken katsu, and it wasn't half bad if you don't mind the lack of grease. Today and tomorrow they're doing a buy one get one free offer of the $9.95 dish. There's a limit of one per customer, it's only good until 3 p.m., and you have to bring a print out of this post (or this) with you to get the deal.