One day after I’d already eaten, I noticed this truck with a naggingly familiar logo parked on the northwest corner of 51st Street and Park Avenue outside the AT&T store. Midtown Lunch noticed them a little over a year ago, but it doesn’t seem like we covered the donuts… I was curious and figured a little sweet treat to end my lunch would work… See what they have and what I got after the jump.
Are you a Rock Center worker that’s been wondering what’s happened to the annual Greenmarket? For the past few years, it’s magically appeared for about a month or so starting in late July, but this year there’s been a Koons topiary taking up valuable space. No worries, my friends, we will be eating pumpkin whoopie pies soon enough: the Greenmarket is scheduled to return every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from September 10th to October 10th. Just in time for gourds.
For as long as I have been reading Midtown Lunch, people have clamored for a truck that serves reasonably priced Thai food. I’ve known people who toyed with the idea of actually starting their own truck just to satisfy such a need, but it never came to fruition. Then, a few years ago, Luckyim Thai Cart came on the scene… downtown. Would Midtown Lunch ever have their Thai craving satisfied? Find out, after the jump…
Twitter told me that Coolhaus was parked next to Bian Dang last week, and when I saw how long the Bian Dang line was, I decided I would have ice cream for lunch because I’m an adult and that’s what adults do: eat whatever they want for lunch. Right?
Right… even if that’s a $6 ice cream sandwich…
Here’s some exciting news for fans of street food, and walking tours, and food tours involving walking and lots of street food. Starting on August 18, Midtown Lunch will be partnering with Turnstile Tours to offer hour long food cart tours. Turnstile Tours has been running weekly food cart tours for the last 4 1/2 years (featuring guides like me!) and have had a nice mix of locals and tourists. But since it runs a full two hours, it’s always been tough for the office crowd to join. This new tour changes all that; it’s a great option for ML-ers with a tight schedule looking to expand their list of lunch options, or for a quick and fun office group outing.
Each week (for four weeks) leading up to the Vendy Awards, we will be leading tours along Sixth Avenue, Park Avenue, and the Financial District. Each tour will revolve around a theme (Eat Street Meat, Sandwich Days, Bring the Heat, and the Vendys) and you’ll get to visit and sample the food from three different carts or trucks. The entire thing will run an hour (1-2pm), you’ll be full, and back at your desk before your boss realizes you’re gone.
Tickets are $29 which is a bit more than an average Midtown Lunch, but it’s a fun, unique experience (you’ll even learn some facts about the mobile food industry) and when can you get three dishes for under $30?
Every tour is totally different and you can take four tours for $89 (a value of $116). We also donate 5% of our ticket sales to the Street Vendor Project so by joining a tour, you’re helping to support the rights of mobile food vendors. You can see more information, the calendar, and puchase tickets at the Turnstile Tours website here or call (347) 903-8687.
Even though they’ve been on the streets for just a few weeks, the Latin Kitchen NYC truck has earned quite a following. I’ve gone by a few times at 47th between Park and Lex (their usual spot) to discover a huge group of people waiting for food. I finally visited when the crowd was manageable and the food didn’t take so long.
On Sunday, at the Taste of Jewish Culture festival, Taim Mobile made an appearance and parked on the corner of 47th and Madison. They seem to park almost exclusively in the Flatiron most weekdays, which puts it way out of range for me (I’m in North Midtown-middle), and – on a personal note – I’ve tried a few times to go to their brick&mortar locations but apparently can’t keep my Jewish holidays straight – so when I saw the truck I got on line immediately.
At the beginning of the year, I stopped by Melt Shop’s new location on 50th (btw. 6th and 7th) to check out the new digs. In my review, I made clear my disappointment at the removal of some of their old menu items, specifically, the Buffalo Blue. Well, on a recent visit to Melt Shop, the Buffalo Blue had returned as the Buffalo. It was clear that the return of this delicious grilled cheese was in direct response to my post, so the least I could do was give it a try and see if it was still good enough to hold the #1 spot in my heart.
I’ve heard many good things about Frites’n'Meats, so when I saw the truck parked at 52nd and 6th Avenue it was the obvious choice for lunch that day.
Last Friday, I spotted a new truck parked on the southwest corner of 53rd and Park – next to Brooklyn Grandma and across from Freddy’s. At 1:15 pm, there was a sizeable crowd outside the truck – exacerbated by how narrow the sidewalk is there (thus the very awkwardly angled photo of the truck). It seemed like everyone was waiting for their food, and a quick glance into the truck showed two people looking very harrowed as they scurried around the interior, presumably putting together orders.