Archive for January 2011

Trudge Through The Snow For Korilla, Dumplings:  Show some love to the mobile eats today, since a lot of them are braving the increasingly gross weather according to the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker...Korilla is on Front St., Rickshaw is on Hudson in Soho and Hanover Sq. in the FiDi and Frites N Meats is on Hudson. Calexico is taking the day off due to the snow. Also some exciting news from Eddie's Pizza Truck: They're heading to Soho on Friday after several requests (and barring bad weather).

In An Effort To Eat Fewer Things That Will Slowly Kill Me, I Try Toloache’s Pozole

As you readers of ML Downtown may have noticed, there aren’t a lot of “lighter” things like soup featured on here. It’s not that I’m purposely trying to omit liquid-based lunches, it’s just that they’re not that exciting (unless they’re pho, which is exempt from this bias). When I first went to Toloache Taqueria on Maiden Lane (btw. William & Gold) to try the tacos I saw they had a couple of interesting soups on the menu. Since it’s been freaking cold outside I figured it was the perfect time to try their version of pozole. Read more »

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “John”

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 John who is a street cart connoisseur and also likes a good noodle or some kimchi every once in a while.

 width=Name: John Dillworth

Occupation: Project manager for the City of New York

Where you work: Maiden Lane (although we will be moving to Metro Tech in Brooklyn soon)

Age: 51

Favorite Kinds of Food: Street meat , sushi, noodles (udon, pho) Middle Eastern, Soma by Nature’s kimchi

Least Favorite Foods: Burgers & fries (got to watch my cholesterol), deli salad bars,  fast food chains (with all the street options why would anyone want to eat this stuff?)

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Zak’s Halal cart on Broadway (btw. Cedar & Liberty) for chicken over rice with hot sauce and just a bit of white sauce; Pho at Nicky’s Vietnamese on Nassau (btw. Ann & Fulton); Soma by Nature for either the kimchi soup, or any of the bibimbaps – especially the kimchi.  Ramen is good there too.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Zak’s Halal cart, Sam’s Falafel on Cedar (btw. Broadway & Trinity).

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Taim Has Sabich Today!: We have some good stuff to stand outside in the ridiculously fluffy snow for today according to the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker...Taim is on Hudson with the sabich special, LaCense is on Barclay, and Rickshaw is on Hudson. There's also a glimmer of hope that the Schnitzel & Things Truck may venture downtown again once the midtown store is open.

Signage Goes Up On New Crisp Location

If you’re like me you’ve been wondering when the location of Crisp – the falafel place with the crazy flavors –  is going to open on Fulton St. (at William). They’ve been teasing us with that confusing falafel handbag sandwich sign for a while now and when I walked by yesterday a real sign was finally up, although the front door was still papered over making it difficult to tell if the store was ready to go or not. I’m told it will open soon, but there’s no solid date set.  The store was originally slated to open in December but we’ll just have to wait a bit longer for those falafel burgers.

Brave The Cold And Eat Like A True Gringo: It's not the best day to stand outside for food which is good because the options are slim according to the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker...Sweetery is on Hudson, you can get the Yankee Burger at the Burger Shoppe, and both Calexico carts are out with the one on Prince serving the "gringo especial."

Big D’s Grub Truck Enters The Fray With Korean Tacos And Grinders

It’s rare that a new truck hits the streets under the ML radar, but that was the case with Big D’s Lunch Truck. It parked in the Financial District last week serving its Korean fusion food of tacos and grinders although from its previous Twitter posts it seems they’ve been parking in Long Island City most of the time. The truck joins others like Korilla BBQ Truck and the forthcoming Kimchi Taco Truck (which is supposed to start serving food today). I was excited about Big D’s Korean-fusion grinders so I headed out to see what they were adding to the increasingly crowded field. Read more »