Archive for August 2012

Fishing Shrimp’s In West Soho: It's always busy on the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker on Tuesdays and today is no exception. The Lent Space has Eddie's Pizza, Kelvin Slush, Mexico Blvd., Rickshaw, Schnitzel & Things and Taim Mobile while Rickshaw, Bongo Brothers, Frites N Meats, Cupcake Crew and Phil's Steaks are at the WFC lot. Big D's Grub is at Old Slip & Water, Mike N Willie's is at Front & Wall, Cinnamon Snail and Our Heros are at Wall & Water, Bistro Truck's at Varick & Charlton, Palenque is on Wall at Pearl, Hibachi Heaven's at Water & Broad, Bob & Jo is at Coenties Slip & Water, Fishing Shrimp is in "west Soho" and Korilla's at Varick & Vandam.

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Frank”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch: Downtown, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, we have Frank who works in the nether regions of the FiDi, but has managed to scope out nearly all of the great lunch options near his office. But what he really wants is Taco Bell.

Name: Frank

Occupation: Project manager

Where you work: Water and Broad

Age: 27

Favorite kinds of food: Tacos (authentic + Taco Bell chalupas); dry-aged steak; cured meats with cheese (speck + piave); fried chicken (Southern + Korean); BBQ (all styles); bread pudding; horchata.

Least favorite foods: Raw seafood. I don’t eat sushi. Most people don’t trust my taste in food after hearing that.

Favorite lunches downtown: Sophie’s Cuban (Multiple Locations). If they have oxtail, I’ll get that with sweet plantains and yellow rice and I ask for the smaller pieces of oxtail because they seem to “fall off the bone” more.  If not, I’ll get a pernil sandwich with sweet plantains, loaded up with onions, mayo and green sauce. Tacos Morelos Truck for a cemita with any meat. San Luis Tacos Truck at Front & Wall for carnitas tacos – because it’s got some pig ear bits in there for some crunch. Bian Dang Truck for the “Porken” – half a chicken, half a pork chop – over rice with a tea egg. The Banh Mi Cart at Hanover Sq. & Pearl for a grilled pork banh mi, a “little spicy” with some fish sauce. Indian Biryani Delights Cart on Water (btw. Maiden Ln. & Pine) for chicken biryani. Veronica’s Kitchen Cart at Front btw. Maiden Lane & Cedar for jerk chicken with candied yams + collard greens. Obao at Coenties Slip & Water for pho bo (great in the winter). Chop’t on Pearl (btw. Maiden & Cedar) for a Santa Fe salad with fried chicken. I can’t eat a salad that doesn’t have any meat in it.

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Church Street Kitchen Serves Up Solid (And Cheap) Comfort Food

There’s a strip of Church St. in the lower part of Tribeca that’s chock full of cheap eats. Many of them are steam table Indian or those weird hybrid Chinese/Tex Mex hole in the walls but there’s also falafel and delightful independent places like Mimi’s Cafe. A place called Kool Bloo opened a year ago and terrible, intentional misspelling aside, I never got around to checking it out because it just seemed like a crappy overpriced generic deli and there are plenty of those around already. After Kool Bloo shuttered, Church Street Kitchen quickly opened serving deli sandwiches, fried chicken, burgers and well, basically everything from a generic deli. What brought me there was the reasonable prices and want of some comfort food. And I’d have to say, they delivered.

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Finalists For 2012 Vendy Cup Announced, Including Two Downtown Regulars

It’s the day a lot of street vendors – both new school trucks and carts serving food from all over the world – have been waiting for, when the finalists for the 2012 Vendy Awards‘ Vendy Cup are announced. There is quite a mix this year and a couple from the Downtown Lunch coverage area will be up for the big award being handed out on Governor’s Island on September 15. Those would be vegan food and sweets truck Cinnamon Snail and the Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs cart that’s a mainstay in Chinatown. Check out the full list of potential winners and one award that’s already been handed out, straight ahead.

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Toum & Chinese Mirch Are On Wall St.: Just like you, the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker's a little sleepy to start the week, but we do have Comme Ci Comme Ca at Old Slip & Water, Jiannetto's and Urban Lobster are at Front & Wall, Hibachi Heaven's at Varick & King, Toum and Chinese Mirch are at Wall & Water and Crisp is at Hudson & Charlton. The WFC lot has Shorty's, Taim, Gorilla Cheese, Kimchi Taco and Sweetery.

Whole Foods Tribeca Replacing Sushi Bar With A “Dosateria”


While I do enjoy a maki roll from the Genji counter at Whole Foods from time to time, I think we can all collectively get excited by the news that they’re scrapping that counter and putting something much more exciting in. If you like Indian street food, get ready because the Whole Foods in Tribeca at Greenwich & Warren streets is putting in a Dosateria in a collaboration with makers of prepared Indian food Cafe Spice. A look at what’s in store after the jump.

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Downtown Links (The “Lowbrow Vs. Highbrow Fried Chicken” Edition)

Sometimes all you need is fried chicken + a biscuit. Courtesy of Lunch Studio.

  • Dirty Bird To Go’s second outpost opening in DL territory. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • An insider’s guide to Soho eating options. [SENY]
  • A little love letter to Popeye’s from the “lunch ladies.” [Lunch Studio]
  • The food lineup for All Good Things Market looks great. [TONY]