Archive for January 2013

Massive FiDi Food Court Earl’s Court Is Officially Dead

earl's court closed

The lights went dark in massive lunch spot (and bar!) Earl’s Court on John St. (at Gold) a while ago, directing visitors to their other location and not really saying whether the place would ever reopen. Based on the “For Rent” signs now in the window, we have our answer.

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Tribeca Has A New Cart Serving Fried Chicken…And More

fried chicken cart

One thing the city doesn’t have nearly enough of are carts selling fried foods. Yes, there are a few in Chinatown selling things like $1 chicken legs or fish balls on sticks, but that’s only useful if you work near Chinatown. What if you want a fried chicken fix but don’t want to trek to Popeye’s or pay the prices for the delicious, organic variety from Dirty Bird To Go? I introduce to you the Fried Chicken & More cart. Read more »

Does TD Bank’s Ad Agency Owe This Site Some Thanks?

Kofta Hero

Kofta sandwich from Little Morocco: One of many varieties in this city.

Yesterday it came to our attention that TD Bank has a new ad up in the subway touting the fact that you can get a kofta sandwich from a truck in this city. Well, Robert Sietsema over at Village Voice food blog Fork in the Road wonders if perhaps the ad writers cribbed from Midtown Lunch to come up with this copy. As flattering as that thought is, all you’d have to do is troll Twitter or Google a bit to come up with that particular mobile food item.

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BonChon On John Momentarily Shuttered By Fire


I stopped short while walking down John St. yesterday as I spotted a papered up window out of the corner of my eye. Then I spotted a sign hanging in one window below some scaffolding, and lo and behold, BonChon Chicken apparently suffered some sort of fire recently and now we’re deprived of Korean fried chicken.

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Find A Great Lamb Sandwich On A Budget At French Cafe Gourmand

french cafe sign

I haven’t checked in with French Cafe Gourmand since they opened on Maiden Lane (btw. B’way & Nassau) last May. Since then the place seems to have cultivated a following judging by the steady stream of customers ordering quiche, soup and sandwiches from the affable counter workers. The focus is on French-tinged sandwiches but they have a few like an Indian curried chicken one that stray a bit outside the norm. I had spotted a lamb sandwich on the menu and was intrigued to see how the French did it, and because it was a steal at less than $8.

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Toby’s Public House Offers A $10 Express Lunch

If you work in Soho or near Little Italy, listen up: Toby’s Public House on Kenmare St. (at Mulberry) is offering readers of Downtown Lunch a deal on their express lunch which aims to get you fed and back to the office in 30 minutes. You can get salad, pizza and a non-alcoholic drink for $10 (which doesn’t include tax or tip), but you have to mention Downtown Lunch when you order. It’s a nice option if you want a sit-down lunch at a decent price and aren’t in the mood for Chinese or any of the tourist trap Italian spots in the area.

Downtown Links (The “Fried Cubes & Peanutty Noodles” Edition)


Sabor de Mexico’s third location. Via Tribeca Citizen.

  • Sadly, a lot of lunch spots are still shuttered post-Sandy. [Eater NY]
  • Looks like 35 Thai bit the dust. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Where to find some insanely cheap, nutty noodles. [Eat to Blog]
  • The “fried cubes” are the thing to order at Sanur. [SENY]