Grazing Through New Eating and Drinking Options at Grand Central

There haven’t been any Earth-shattering changes to the dining scene at Grand Central Terminal (until this happens!), but there are some newer offerings that you may not be aware of. In the interest of stomach space, time, and not taxing your attention spans, I narrowed the newer food and drink options down to a few and was led on a mini-tour through the terminal. Most of the newness is on the dining concourse, but a smattering are at street level. Summer sorbet flavors, meats, fish, and caffeine after the jump!

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New Morocho Cart Brings Peruvian Fusion to Midtown

A reader alerted us that a cart that normally sets up shop in Union Square actually ventured to Midtown last Thursday, so I hurried over to check it out. Morocho, which serves up Peruvian fusion and has received a fair amount of attention since it first appeared on the scene about two years ago – for its burger and other items – was on 52nd Street and 6th Avenue, outside the Big & Tall store over there, and informed me that they plan to be there Monday – Fridays for lunch. A quick check on Friday around lunch, and they were there – with a decent crowd – so hopefully they’re here to stay.

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Flatiron Lunch: Best of the Flatiron Outliers, My Parting Gift

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.

Since all good things must come to an end, the time has come for me to step down as Flatiron Lunch Contributor. If has been a pleasure exploring the area and eating lots of delicious food. I won’t disappear from ML entirely as I am planning to occasionally put up posts, but they will most likely be for the main site. As a parting gift, I leave you with a few of my favorite out-of-bounds spots.

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Untamed Sandwiches: Now Feeding You Three Meals A Day

In an exciting runny-yolk related development, Untamed Sandwiches is now serving breakfast. And I think we can all agree that even though I am inherently biased, Untamed makes damn good sandwiches. Adding on to their lunch and dinner menu, Untamed’s breakfast will feature eggs, braised meats and seasonal vegetables, all served on those amazing crusty rolls from Grandaisy bakery. I am most excited to try the Ol’ Grumpy with soft scrambled eggs, grass-fed beef chili, pimento cheese, hot jam, and cilantro. If that doesn’t sell you on it, just look at the photo they sent out to their email list…Breakfast served from 8-10:30.

Untamed Sandwiches, 43 West 39th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues, (646) 669-9397

Moo Shu Grill Serves Up Delicious “Moo Shu”

Another suggestion from a reader: check out the Moo Shu Grill truck. I’ve never actually had moo shu anything – and when I just went to check the Wiki for moo shu to verify this, I just became even more confused by what it is and what it was inspired by. So I’m not going to even touch all of that or talk about whether or not this is moo shu. Y’all who’ve eaten moo shu in the past can tell me what’s what.

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The Halal Guys Are Suing the Imposter Cart

It’s been a long time coming. But Eater reported yesterday that the Famous Halal Guys, who are currently gearing up to be the Middle Eastern Chipotle in an international expansion, are suing the longtime imposter cart that sets up nearby (evidently they’re called The Halal Guys of New York – who knew?) Anybody who reads this site on a regular basis knows the difference between the competing carts. And while the imposter cart has gained a following of its own, there is no doubt still a large number of people waiting in line on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th during lunch thinking they’re tasting the “famous” chicken over rice. The lawsuit demands an unspecified amount of money and a name change. May we suggest “The Imposter Cart”?

Crumbs is Done

For the past half decade, New York’s cupcake bubble has expanded beyond any sort of logical economic equilibrium. But the writing has been on the wall for quite some time, and it seems that Crumbs Bake Shop is the first major casualty.

The New York based chain got its start in 2003, and has expanded to 70 locations in 12 states. In 2011, they went public and set aggressive plans to double its footprint by 2013 despite flagging same store sales and increasingly expensive operating costs. Last month, Crumbs’ auditor expressed a going concern (essentially a financial deathwatch) of their financial stability, and the company was de-listed from the NASDAQ shortly after. Crumbs has officially shuttered all locations as of Monday. (BI has a good timeline of events)

Like all crisis’s, there’s probably a lot of lessons to be learned – but thankfully there are many many other places to score a cupcake in Midtown.

Kashkaval Garden is All About Value and Variety

A few years ago, ML overlord Zach Brooks wrote a glowing piece on Kashkaval, a now shuttered Mediterranean themed tapas bar in Hells Kitchen known for its cozy back dining room, well curated cheeses, and tasty dips . The Kashkaval team has moved a few doors down and reincarnated into Kashkaval Garden, a larger restaurant that with an expanded menu that follows similar themes of Mediterranean dips, small plates, and an extensive wine and booze list.
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“Taste of the Terminal” Starts Today: Today—and on every Monday in July—you can get a free taste of some of the edible offerings in Grand Central (subway platform churros not included). Samples will be handed out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall. Participants include Cafe Grumpy, Ciao Bella, Joe, Li-Lac Chocolates and Manhattan Chili Co.

The Gobuki Korean Cart Serves Up Bargain BBQ

Sometimes I wander around in search of lunch, aimlessly, wondering what to eat. I really need some suggestions that y’all want to see here, so feel free to email me or comment on any of the posts I’ve written with recommendations – please! Your contributions are what make this site invaluable!

To that end, on my wanderings recently, I passed the Korean Gobuki Cart a few times before I decided sure, I can do Korean food – for less than $10… from a cart! Sounds like a win already; Korean food/BBQ is notoriously fairly pricy.

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