Archive for September 2012

Nicky’s Vietnamese Does Pork Chop Over Vermicelli Right

It had been a while since making a visit to Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches on Nassau St. (btw. Fulton & Ann) and I was pleasantly surprised to see the small space was jam-packed with people ordering and consuming banh mi and pho. Scenes like this make me happy that not everyone chooses to stand in line at the nearest chain for lunch, but I digress. I’m here to talk about the third lunch-worthy item on the menu at Nicky’s which is the pork chop, chicken or tofu over rice or rice vermicelli. Yes, at $8.50 it’s more expensive than most places in Chinatown but as I discovered, if you want Vietnamese food and aren’t in the mood for a sandwich, Nicky’s will still fix you up right.

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PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Tom”

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 Tom who works in the nether regions of the FiDi and counts Italian and Mexican among his go-to cuisines.

Name: Tom M.

Occupation: Trader

Where you work: Broad St. right by Stone St.

Age: 37

Favorite kinds of food: Big fan of Mexican and Italian foods, if it’s done correctly…

Least favorite foods: Salad or anything in the salad family.

Favorite lunches downtown: The Frites N Meats truck – all of their burgers are fantastic. The buffalo chicken sandwich from Zigolini’s on Pearl St. (at Coenties Slip) is also fantastic. The pizza and chicken parm from Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar on Gold St. (at Platt) = amazing.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: We mix it up quite a bit, so this is not really pertinent.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? All of the food trucks in the area. As I stated earlier, I’m a huge fan of Frites N Meats. And I’m a huge fan of the Twitter Tracker!

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Sweetery’s On Hudson All Day Today: Lunch'ers of Soho, you have more mobile options today including Big D's Grub and Sweetery at Hudson & King while Taim and Mexico Blvd. are at the Lent Space. The ML Downtown Twitter Tracker also shows the FiDi has Jiannetto's at Front & Wall with buffalo chicken rice balls, alongside Mike N Willie's, Frites N Meats and Bob & Jo are at Hanover Sq., Cinnamon Snail's at Wall & Water, and Cupcake Crew, Kimchi Taco, Palenque, Bongo Brothers and Phil's Steaks are at the WFC lot.

Sophie’s Combo Deals Only Exist At One Downtown Location

Tip of the hat to Lunch’er Justin who wrote in to tell us that the location of Sophie’s Cuban on New St. in the Financial District no longer had its under $10 sandwich combo that included a sandwich, side and soda, and now if you order all of those things it will run roughly $14. Well what about the other two downtown locations on Chambers St. and Fulton St.? You probably won’t be happy to hear that only one of those three locations will still hook you up with this deal.

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The FiDi Has A Monopoly On Food Trucks: It looks like many trucks are taking this fine Monday off, but what we do have on the ML Downtown Twitter Tracker are Gorilla Cheese, Taim, Shorty's, Sweetery and Rickshaw at the WFC lot, Chinese Mirch is at Wall & Walter, Souvlaki GR's at Old Slip & Front, Jiannetto's is at Front & Wall, Blend's at Front & Gouverneur and Morris Grilled Cheese is at Water & John,. Soho, you get Schnitzel & Things and Crisp at Hudson & King.

If You Love Pizza, Rosella’s Should Be On Your Radar

It’s not often I go into a pizza place and everything looks so good that I seriously can’t make up my mind which slices to get. This was the problem I had while at Rosella’s Pizza on William St. (btw. Beekman & Ann) last week. It’s off the beaten path, although I’m sure they get a lot of business from the NY Downtown Hospital across the street and from Pace University students – and from office workers in the know. The only reason I knew about it was because of two recent recommendations for both Rosella’s pizza and pasta from Profiled Lunch’ers. No matter what kind of pizza you like, you’ll find some variety of it here.

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Downtown Links (The “I Didn’t Ask For My Street Meat That Well Done” Edition)

What’s Cajun about that beef? Via SENY.

  • We’re probably not getting our Danish sandwiches soon. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Now we can all see how fat we’re getting at Shake Shack! [WSJ]
  • Did you know ML contributor Brian gives FiDi food cart tours? [Eat to Blog]
  • M&O puts out a decent deli sandwich. [SENY]
  • A van pulling a street meat cart caught fire in the FiDi. [DNAinfo]