Archive for June 2012

Downtown Links (The “RIP Carl’s Steaks” Edition)

Meatballs are what you want from Alleva. Courtesy of Lunch Studio.

  • The biggest Laduree macaron shop in the world is coming to Soho. [Grub St.]
  • A big pile of meat and eggs can be enjoyed at any time of day. [Serious Eats NY]
  • Carl’s Steaks has closed, but will  be reincarnated as a food truck. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Shrimp jerky looks like a dried fruit roll. [FitR]
  • A meatball/chicken parm mashup is half good at Alleva. [Lunch Studio]

Shorty’s Cheese Steaks Has Returned To The FiDi: On the Friday edition of the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker we have Domo Taco at Broad & Water, Hibachi Heaven at Water & Old Slip, Milk Truck's at Wall & William, Frites N Meats is at Hanover Sq., Shorty's is back at Maiden & Front with cheese steaks and Mike N Willie's is at Front & Wall. The WFC lot has Mexicue, Schnitzel & Things, Coolhaus, Morris Grilled Cheese and Big D's Grub.

Eat At Schnitzel & Things Truck On The Cheap

I know we don’t often write about Schnitzel & Things on the downtown part of this site, because they’ve been around for a while, but now we have a reason to! There’s a Groupon today for a sandwich (with a side) or platter plus a soda or water for $6 (or $11 for a meal for two) which is more than 50% off. The truck generally parks in Soho and at the World Financial Center lot a couple of days a week so you should have no problem putting this deal to good use. Check the Twitter Tracker for their daily location.

The Twitter Tracker’s Trying To Be Healthy: Food trucks downtown today include Mexicue at Water & Broad, Phil's Steaks is at Front & Wall due to a movie shoot, Bongo Brothers is at Old Slip & Water, Lent Space has Kimchi Tacos, Palenque, Eddie's Pizza, Now Eat This, Juice Pirate and Coolhaus, while the WFC lot has Taim, Milk Truck, Frites N Meats, Andy's Italian Ice and Red Hook Lobster. The ML Downtown Twitter Tracker also has Korilla at Varick & Vandam, Jiannetto's is at Front & Wall with rice balls and the FiDi debut of Nuchas truck, which I believe sells empanadas.

Lemongrass Grill Reboot Lemon Leaves Is A Change For The Better

It’s not unusual to have a Japanese restaurant selling Thai food. What is uncommon is having a chef from a decent, but mostly expensive Thai restaurant like Lemongrass Grill that shuttered on William St. last November, move to another restaurant and start serving the same food for a better price. Lemon Leaves is that reincarnation, opening in the Koodo Sushi on Nassau St. (btw. Maiden Lane & Liberty). When I called in my order the other day, the addition of the Thai menu was so new that the woman on the phone had to figure out what I was trying to order. It all worked out though, and I ended up with a great lunch.

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Lent Space Has Korean, Burgers & Empanadas: Many trucks seem to be in Midtown today, but we have the Fun Buns cart at Varick & Vandam (now with a chicken variety), Bistro Truck's at Water & Old Slip, Bian Dang's at Coenties Slip & Water, Frites N Meats is at Hudson & King, Bob & Jo is at Varick & King and Korilla's at Front & Gouverneur. The ML Downtown Twitter Tracker also tells us Munchie Mobile, Big D's Grub, Andy's Italian Ice, Nuchas, Chinese Mirch and Gorilla Cheese are at Lent Space and Mexico Blvd., Rickshaw, Valducci's, Mike N Willie's and Wafels & Dinges (also at 60 Wall) are at the WFC lot.

Checking In With Nixtamalito Nets Tamales, La Newyorkina Cart

It’s been nearly a year since we checked in with the Nixtamalito kiosk over by 1 Centre St. at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, but I was happy I did the other day. I was there to finally check out the tamales which have eluded me every other time I’ve been there. The menu for the kiosk has stayed the same, but I’m happy to report there’s now a cart next to it selling paletas from La NewYorkina! The details on that and the word on the tamales (spoiler: they’re really good) after the jump.

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