Archive for November 2012

A Revisit To Peep Yields An Interesting Take On Fried Rice

Some days, lunchtime goes awry and the place I want to go eat at is closed or no longer exists. The latter happened to me earlier this week, so when I walked past Peep on Prince St. (btw. Thompson & Sullivan) and remembered how good and cheap their Thai food was a couple of years ago I went inside to give the place a second go. You may know Peep as the place where you get an entree and appetizer for $8 or $9 at lunch, and this time my choices contained a win and a loss.

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Soho Seems To Have A Truck Monopoly: Your Tuesday Twitter Tracker has Korilla at Varick & Vandam, Sweetery's at Hudson & King and Rickshaw's at Hudson & Houston. Both Calexico carts are out with a brisket special, and Phil's Steaks and Munchie Mobile are at the WFC lot.

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Maria”

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 Maria who’s a real estate agent and resident of Battery Park City. She’ll point you in the direction of her favorite brick oven pizza and wants to know your restaurant ideas.

Name: Maria Hadjidemetriou

Occupation: Passionate real estate sales agent

Where you work: Mainly Battery Park City

Age: Fabulously 40

Favorite kinds of food: Vietnamese, and amazing brick oven pizza

Least favorite foods: Hot dogs and hamburgers

Favorite lunches downtown: Inatteso Pizzabar Casano on West. St. (at Morris) for brick oven pizza “Parma” which has prosciutto and arugula; Mangez Avec Moi on W. Broadway (btw. Murray & Warren) for tom yum soup; Souvlaki GR truck (normally at Old Slip & Front) for kolokithokeftedes (Greek meatballs) and the pork souvlaki in pita with tzatziki.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Inatteso

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? GRK on Fulton St. (btw. Nassau & William). I’m a Greek and besides my Mom’s, this place, thanks to you, is on my list. 

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Schnitzel & Things Back Downtown: On your post-Thanksgiving Twitter Tracker...If you've been missing Schnitzel & Things, they're back at the WFC lot along with Hibachi Heaven. Soho, you have Crisp and Sweetery at Hudson & King, while Rickshaw's at Hudson & Houston.

Takahachi Bakery Is A Great Source Of Inventive, Cheap Sandwiches

It seems it’s been two whole years since I’ve written about Takahachi Bakery which sits quietly on Murray St. (at Church) baking up all kinds of Japanese-inflected goods both sweet and savory. They also have sandwiches, salads and soup some of which I’ve already tried, but when I stopped in recently I was drawn to the hot case which has little lunch boxes containing a sandwich that’s heftier than it looks and a little side of some sort for $8.25. I was mighty pleased with the meaty, gingery beef concoction I grabbed. Read more »

Downtown Links (The “Let The Holiday Feasting Begin!” Edition)

What a $14 Italian take on the Thanksgiving sandwich looks like. Via SENY.

  • Barbarini‘s going to be out of commission for at least six months. [LA Times]
  • Pret has a craveable roast beef sandwich? [Lunch Studio]
  • “Noodle bliss” is found at Pok Pok Phat Thai. [SENY]
  • Turns out food trucks aren’t a scourge on the city. [Grub St. ]
  • I’ve broken the 90 barrier on the Gutbomb Index a few times. [FitR]

Wafels & Dinges Is On The Bowery: It's pretty dead on the Twitter Tracker today, and it seems like everyone's headed anywhere other than work today. Those of you near the WFC lot have Valducci's, Rickshaw and Gorilla Cheese, Sweetery's at Hudson & King until noon, Bob & Jo are at Varick & King, and Wafels & Dinges is at Bowery & Grand. Calexico is out at Prince & Wooster with shredded brisket as a special.