Not In The Mood For A Sandwich? Try Potbelly’s Delicious Chili

In case you haven’t noticed, an annoying thing called the Polar Vortex has made walking outside to grab lunch an exercise in quickness and finding something warm to eat. The other day a craving for chili hit, and there aren’t too many places that regularly carry this specific dish. Then it dawned on me that Potbelly, of which there are four locations downtown, had chili on its menu every day and I had never tried it. While I may not flip my lid for their sandwiches, the chili is delicious.

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Lisa’s Pizzeria Closes After More Than 40 Years In Business

We got news this weekend that Lisa’s Pizza on Fulton St. has shuttered. The reason? The old “the landlord has raised the rent.” According to Lunch’er Seaweed, there were auction signs in the window on Sunday, only a couple of weeks after I finally got around to checking out their slices. You’ll have to walk a couple more blocks for your slice fix from now on if this was your go-to.

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Assessing The Fancy Soft Shell Shrimp Banh Mi At Khe-Yo

I know that paying more than, say, $7 for a banh mi is painful. I also know that I do not regret the amount of money I spent on the soft shell shrimp banh mi at Khe-Yo on Duane St. (near W. Broadway), and you probably won’t either. Read more »

Downtown Links (The “Mudville 9′s Having A Baby” Edition)

Go Go Curry’s stewy/saucy perfection. Via SENY.
  • There’s a new Vietnamese place you should know about. [Eater]
  • An ode to saucy dishes with rice. [SENY]
  • A sister to Mudville 9 is coming. [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Bucatini at Sole di Capri gets a rave. [FitR]

Jersey Mike’s Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich Makes A Worthy Lunch

I hadn’t visited Jersey Mike’s Subs since they opened their first New York City location on Maiden Lane (btw. William & Pearl) last July. That initial visit showed they did a good job with sub sandwiches at a cheaper price than nearby Dave’s Hoagies. An overlooked part of the menu is the breakfast sandwiches, which are available all day and are cheap. One of the items on that menu involves Trenton pork roll, eggs and cheese and it is worth your stomach space.  Read more »

New Fresco Tortillas Does Trashy Chinese Food Just Right

Eateries serving Mexican food alongside Chinese food are fairly plentiful in the city, with at least a couple within Downtown Lunch boundaries. One of those is called New Fresco Tortillas III on Reade St. (btw. Broadway & Church) and it’s just out of the way enough that if you don’t know it’s there, you’d miss it. There aren’t too many hole-in-the-wall Chinese spots left in Tribeca, with China Red on Chambers St. perhaps the most visible. I’m happy I didn’t walk right by New Fresco because I got served some of the finest Americanized Chinese food I’ve had in recent memory at a cheap price. Win win!  Read more »

Lenny’s Closes One FiDi Location Before Opening Another

It seemed the Financial District was being inundated with locations of Lenny’s, the mini-chain that serves at least one decent sandwich. Apparently they were looking to consolidate rather than have a store on every corner, because the John St. location has been shuttered and a new one opened on Pearl St. between Wall and Hanover Square. This joins another new location on Park Place between Broadway and Church.