Archive for August 2013

Downtown Links (The “Labor Day’s For Eating, Right?” Edition)

A beef empanada from Nuchas, deemed too small. Via Eater.
  • A rundown of restaurants coming to Tribeca & the FiDi. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Wait, Zach’s not on this list of epic food bloggers? [First We Feast]
  • Annnd Elixir Juice Bar adds to the places to get your cleanse on. [DNAinfo]
  • Sietsema’s refreshingly-honest take on food truck fare. [Eater NY]
  • Forlini’s chicken parm: A tad greasy, but with good bread. [SENY]

A Survey Of Slices At Pizza Pizza Replacement Justino’s

There was some intrigue surrounding the replacement of Pizza Pizza with Justino’s Pizzeria on the stretch of restaurants between Pearl St. and Stone St. Pizza Pizza was serviceable but not remarkable, but Justino’s seems to be another branch of an NYC mini-chain that used to have a location in Midtown and also exists in Staten Island. A look at the online menu showed some intriguing options including clam pizza and one modeled after the L&B Spumoni Gardens square variety. Lunch’er famdoc called for an investigation, and I was ready to do it.  Read more »

Vivi’s Bubble Tea Has A Cheap Steamed Bun Lunch (But Go Early)

You may be able to get steamed buns at some of the Chinese spots in the Financial District, but they’re often over priced and underwhelming. Vivi Bubble Tea on John St. (nr. Nassau) is not necessarily a place you would think of for anything other than a liquid lunch. Yes, they offer many different varieties of bubble tea, but you can also get a couple varieties of steamed buns at lunch time although I’ve learned that you probably need to go as close to noon as possible, or even earlier, in order to get your hands on some.

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Luckyim Thai Cart Moves In Next To Mamak

The popular Luckyim Thai cart seems to have finally found a spot they’re sticking with after being ousted from the plaza along Liberty St. The cart has settled into the SW corner of Hanover Sq. and Water St., right next to the 2013 Vendy Award rookie nominee Mamak cart. The fans seemed to have followed Luckyim Thai as there’s a line every time I walk by, so get there early if you want your pad thai fix.

Give Feedback On Yushi’s New Banh Mi Burger, Get Free Food

I spotted this sign in the window at Yushi on Pearl (btw. Maiden Lane & Cedar) on Monday, and while initially the words “banh mi burger” were what drew me in, other text at the bottom of the sign was more interesting. Apparently on Wednesday’s this summer they offer a banh mi burger, and if you get one and then e-mail feedback to you can get a free order of dumplings on your next visit. I can’t vouch for how good Yushi’s dumplings are, but it’s free food, which I always endorse.

Sunrise Grill Regularly Parking In New Spot On Broad St.

Two times in the past week when I’ve been near Broad St. between S. William and Beaver, I’ve spotted the bright yellow Sunrise Grill truck parked on that block. They have Caribbean food, of the usual protein + rice and peas offerings, plus patties. I ate there once when they were parking on the other side of Water St., and it was OK. The last time I walked by, Nio’s Trinidad Roti truck was literally parked in front of Sunrise Grill. No word on if there was any beef about this parking situation.

The Tale Of The Tiny $8 Arepa At Los Americanos

I was in the upper part of Tribeca recently on the hunt for lunch. When I passed by Los Americanos at Church & Walker streets (where Pane Panelle once was), I took a look at the menu and saw they had one sandwich and a few other items for $10 or less. Those other items included tacos, pupusas, empanadas and arepas. How could I pass up an arepa in Tribeca?

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