Archive for July 2012

Hana Morphs Into China 59, Still Serves Trio Of Asian Food

Yesterday I noticed a  brand new awning for China 59 on what was more recently Hana on Nassau St. (btw. Maiden Lane & John). A look at the Chinese and Thai menus shows they haven’t really changed much except the name, and you can get all of the usual suspects in a lunch special for $8 or $9 which is at the higher end of what I consider an acceptable amount to pay for pad thai/sesame chicken/beef teriyaki. I’m always wary of places that serve more than one type of food, but I guess it’s one stop shopping for the indecisive eater.

Cinnamon Snail, Big D’s In The FiDi: On the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker today...Jiannetto's is at Wall & Front, Hibachi Heaven's at Water & Broad, Big D's Grub's at Old Slip & Water, Korilla's at Varick & Vandam, Shorty's is at Maiden Lane & Front, and Cinnamon Snail and Our Hero's are at Wall & Water. In the food truck lots you have Kelvin Slush, Mexico Blvd., Rickshaw, Schnitzel & Things and Taim at the Lent Space while the WFC has Cupcake Crew, Phil's Steaks, Bongo Brothers, Rickshaw and Palenque.

R&R Coffee Takes Over Old Country Kebab Space

It seems like we’ve been having a lot of coffee shops open in the Financial District lately with Blue Spoon Coffee Co. popping up last week and now R&R Coffee has appeared in the space that used to house Country Kebab at Fulton & Gold streets. I walked into R&R during lunchtime Monday but it appeared they’re only serving coffee right now as there was no food to be seen, but one would imagine they’ll have the usual breakfast pastries and maybe some sandwiches and soup. It’s nice to see something other than fast food open on this touristy strip of Fulton, and if you’ve checked it out weigh in in the comments!

Jiannetto’s Has Rice Balls Today: It's Monday, and you're at work, but there's always the promise of lunch. Today's options on the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker are Crisp at Hudson & King, Palenque is at Wall & Pearl, Hibachi Heaven's at Varick & King, Bongo Brothers is at Varick & Charlton, Jiannetto's at Wall & Front with rice balls, Chinese Mirch is at Front & Wall, Wafels & Dinges is at Front & Gouverneur, the WFC lot has Kimchi Taco, Gorilla Cheese, Taim, Shorty's and Sweetery, Schnitzel & Things is at Hudson & King, Comme Ci Comme Ca's at Old Slip & Water, Morris Truck's at Water & John with grilled cheese and Domo Taco's at Front & Wall.

Da Vinci Pizza’s Upside Down Slice: As Old School As The Place Itself

You know how sometimes you wander out of the office to grab lunch without a game plan? I call these “random lunches” where I just end up getting food at a place that I’ve always wondered about but never had a reason to enter. Da Vinci Pizza is one of those places and based solely on its weathered exterior awning you know it’s either going to be a great NYC slice or a lunch you’ll later regret. After walking in on a hot and humid day, I was faced with a huge selection of slices, no line, and a trio of men waiting for me to make up my damn mind about what I wanted. After spotting a tasty looking square pie in the corner I decided an upside down slice was going to be lunch.

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Downtown Links (The “Crazy Weather, Stop Messing Up Our Lunch Hour!” Edition)

This winning taco comes from a kiosk by a bridge. Courtesy of Grub St.

  • H&H Bagels could come back from the dead on Fulton St. Carbs!!! [Diner's Journal]
  • A NYC mini-chain Westville is coming to Hudson Square. [Eater NY]
  • Steamed pork belly and candied plum become one at Lotus Blue. [Eating in Translation]
  • Mulberry St. Bar serves a great burger (and liquid lunch). [SENY]
  • A bunch of downtown tacos made the cut for best in NYC. [Grub St.]

Grilled Cheese & Cheese Steaks In The FiDi: It's a little quiet on the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker today, but we do have Hibachi Heaven at Old Slip & Water, Korilla at Front & Gouverneur, Big D's Grub, Morris Grilled Cheese, Mexicue, Schnitzel & Things and Mike N Willie's are at the WFC lot, Shorty's is at Maiden & Front, Frites N Meats is at Hanover Sq., Milk Truck's at Wall & William and Bongo Brothers is at Varick & Charlton.