Archive for November 2011

ML Downtown Mailbag: Toloache Raised Prices On Taco And Burrito Specials

A couple of Lunch’ers wrote in yesterday to tell us that the prices of the Tuesday and Friday specials on tacos and burritos at Toloache Taqueria on Maiden Lane (btw. William & Gold) were each raised $1 to $3 per taco and $7 per burrito. Lunch’er Eric had this to say:

Toloache finally gave in and had to raise the prices on their Tuesday and Friday specials.  A $7 Friday burrito is still a good deal there, even at a buck higher than last week.  They did expand their menu a bit.  The Carne Asada tacos are worth it.

Lunch’er Chloe also stopped in for the Tuesday taco special and discovered the price raise. They were nice enough to give it to her for $2, and she was nice enough to pass along the updated menu which you can find (in part) after the jump.

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All Sunshine And A Bunch Of Trucks: On your mid-week ML Downtown Twitter Tracker...Wafels & Dinges is at Hanover Sq., Big D's Grub, Frites N Meats and Sweetery are on Hudson, Korilla is at Front & Gouverneur, Bongo Brothers is at Broad & Water and Souvlaki GR is at Old Slip.

Crisp’s New Casablanca Sandwich Gives You Eggplant Two Ways

As far as I know, fancy falafel chain Crisp hasn’t debuted a new sandwich in a while after throwing Asian and Mexican-hybrid sandwiches along with falafel burgers our way. The Crisp on Wheels truck has been talking about a new creation called the Casablanca on Twitter recently and since the truck only comes downtown one day a week it wasn’t likely I’d get to try it. Lo and behold, a look at the menu for the Fulton St. location shows it’s offered there too. If you like eggplant, this thing gives it to you in two forms.

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PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Patricia”

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 Patricia who lunches in the Financial District but would rather be in the East Village.

Name: Patricia Tirona

Occupation: Corporate gift sales

Where you work: Wall St. between William and Gold

Age: 38

Favorite kinds of food: Nothing beats Japanese  food for me – sushi, sashimi, udon, soba, yakitori – biggest variety within one cuisine by far.  2nd favorite is Thai – shrimp dumplings, drunken noodles, any dish with Thai basil.  Vietnamese – pho, classic sandwiches, grilled pork on vermicelli, mint/lettuce-wrapped spring rolls.  Love Mexican food – stewed beef tacos, enchiladas, tamales, anything with cheese and anything spicy.  Tapas is great for the variety and the smaller portions which means I can try several dishes every time I go.

Least favorite foods: Despite being Filipino, I rarely if ever eat it or get cravings for it.  For the most part I find it too heavy and am not a fan of the spices.  I can’t stand coleslaw, chicken salad, or anything with excessive mayo.

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All The Usuals Are On The Twitter Tracker: The ML Downtown Twitter Tracker is busy today with Big D's Grub and Cupcake Crew on Hanover Sq., and Sweetery is on Hudson along with Gorilla Cheese which has an American BLT. Bongo Brothers is at Old Slip, Frites N Meats is at Gouverneur Lane, and it's $2 taco day at Toloache. Korilla BBQ is on Varick, Taim Mobile is at its "usual Tuesday spot" in Soho, and Rickshaw Dumplings is on Hudson and at Water & Broad.

Chipotle Is Coming To Lunch Dead Zone

If you work in the desolate part of Tribeca on or near Broadway (or around City Hall), you may be happy to hear that you’ll have another lunch option in the near future. Lunch’er Danielle sent in a tip that Chipotle has a store coming soon to 281 Broadway btw. Chambers and Reade, in the bottom part of the above building that’s under construction and covered in scaffolding. According to Chipotle’s Web site, it will be open until 10 p.m. so it’s another option if you don’t want to eat at Checkers around the corner.

Free Cupcake Alert: If you haven't had breakfast yet, you may want to head over to the new Crumbs Bake Shop at 40 Broad (at Exchange Place). They started giving away 1,000 cupcakes at 7:30 a.m., so freeloaders, you should probably just go there now.