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Downtown Links (The “Seaport Comeback Continues” Edition)

This picture makes me want lamb gyro, stat. Via Lunch Studio.

  • The fish burger at Westville is a good cleanser of holiday gluttony. [Grub St.]
  • Cowgirl Seahorse is again serving food at the Seaport. [FitR]
  • A look at The Butcher’s Daughter which just opened in Nolita. [Eater NY]
  • Don’t get hard boiled egg in your sandwich at Ba’al Cafe. [SENY]

A Look At The State Of Post-Sandy Lunching In The FiDi

I only just got back to working in my company’s office in the Financial District on Wednesday of last week after not being there since Oct. 25. Like many of you, our phone lines were fried and Internet service and electricity were slow to return. However, after walking around in the lower-lying sections of the neighborhood on Friday, it was amazing how much changed from block to block. Instead of office workers scurrying back to the office on Water St. below Maiden Lane, there was the constant hum of generators, streets lined with disaster recovery vehicles and construction workers wearing hardhats and reflective gear. Food carts and trucks remain the only options in some areas.

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Help Out Vendors And Restaurants By Eating Lunch Out Today

food carts Sandy

If you’re back at work today it’s likely that a good number of your favorite street food vendors, trucks and (some) brick and mortar lunch spots are too. Many of them lost nearly a week of business, so pick your favorite, go forth and eat. The NYC Food Truck Association is also raising money to help people affected by Sandy, and many trucks are out feeding people in affected areas.

Which mobile vendors have returned to lower Manhattan? Click through for a brief list and to share in the comments what you’re seeing out there.

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New Ramen Special At Koodo Sushi

I was walking past Koodo Sushi on Nassau St. (nr. Liberty) when I spotted the very festive handmade poster in the window. Basically you can get a very simple ramen soup for $6.95 but you’re going to pay $3 more if you want pork or any other addition. I’m going to be all over this when the weather turns nasty.

Sigmund Pretzel Shop Sets Up Cart At Bowling Green

I don’t wander down to Bowling Green unless I’m hot on the trail of lunch, but when I was down there Friday I noticed Sigmund Pretzel Shop had a cart parked right by the 4/5 subway station. Of course I had to go over and investigate! The delicious maker of all things pretzel on the Lower East Side will be parked there for the next five years, Monday through Friday, according to the bored-looking girl working the cart. They have various kinds of pretzels that are $3 and up, on top of a pretzel-wrapped hot dog and iced coffee. This is definitely going in the afternoon snack rotation.

PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Jody”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, we have Jody who mostly eats within a few block radius of work, but is willing to travel farther afield in nice weather for things like wings.

 width=Name: Jody Leggio

Occupation: Television Editor.  I also have a food blog (doesn’t everyone?) about wings.  (

Where you work: 6th Ave. between Watts and Grand

Age: 32

Favorite Kinds of Food: Things I can eat without utensils: Tacos, pizza, kati rolls, sopes, wings, moo shu, shawarma on laffa…

Least Favorite Foods: Frozen fish sticks.  They’re the only thing my mom would let me get away with not eating when I was a kid.

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Felini on semolina from Alidoro on Sullivan (btw. Spring & Prince); Chorizo sopes from Papatzul on Grand (at W. Broadway); Grilled wings from South Houston on W. Broadway (at Grand); Miso-glazed salmon from Mooncake Foods on Watts (btw. Thompson & 6th); Chicken cutlet parmesan from Torrisi Italian Specialties on Mulberry (at Prince).

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Mooncake Foods is so quick and easy, so it’s kind of the default lunch spot. It’s tasty and reasonably priced though so no complaints from me. Read more »

FiDi Pop Up Cafe Is A New Excuse To Not Eat At Your Desk

Today might not be the best day to go check this out, but a David Byrne-endorsed pop-up cafe is officially open on Pearl St. (near Broad) in front of the Fika Espresso Bar and Bombay’s Indian Cuisine (which sponsored the installation). It’s the first in the city, and the 14 tables are open for anyone to use regardless if you’re eating a sandwich from home or something from one of the restaurants it’s in front of. I went on Friday to check it out, but sadly all of the tables were full. And if you’re a Talking Heads fan, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to sit in the same chair Byrne did.