When is Coolhaus’s $6 Ice Cream Sandwich Worth It?

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…

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Join Us and Turnstile Tours on a Lunch Rush Street Food Tour

Photo by Jennifer Strader

Photo by Jennifer Strader

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.

Latin Kitchen NYC’s Huge Menu Includes Plantain Sandwiches

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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.

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Midtown Needs Taim Mobile to Visit More Often

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.

Because FALAFEL.

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Melt Shop Answers My Prayers, Brings Back Buffalo Blue

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Melt Shop on 50th between 6th and 7th Ave

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.

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Frites’n'Meats Is Good, But Too Damn Expensive for Midtown Lunch

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.

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Hit Your V Spot – New Truck Brings Vietnamese Food Mobile

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.

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New Hole in the Wall Coffee Shop Lives Up To Its Name

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Starbucks really needs to watch their back. We now have a serious and credible coffee culture that just continues to expand. The newest addition to our java scene is aptly named Hole in the Wall nestled inside the lobby of 420 Fifth Avenue. It’s not the first Australian-owned coffee shop in the neighborhood nor the first one “secretly” hidden inside an office building lobby.

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Taste of Jewish Culture Comes to Midtown on a Weekend

While most of you probably don’t want to be in Midtown outside of work hours, this awesome street festival organized by good friend of ML, Noah Arenstein, actually sounds pretty awesome. On Sunday, July 27, from 10am to 6pm on Madison Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, the Taste of Jewish Culture will take place – and best of all, it’s free and open to the public.

A list of food vendors is after the jump…

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Luzzo’s Pizza is Launching A Cart and You Can Try it For Free Tonight

Eater announced yesterday that one of New York’s greatest pizzerias will be launching a cart today. Luzzo’s dishes up amazing wood-fired pizzas and is bringing those flavors to the streets. The cart will park downtown for the rest of the week and will announce their future locations soon. But we hear Midtown is on their radar. Before they’re added to regular rotation here, you can sample some of the pizza after work tonight for free. They’ll be handing out free pizzas at the cart in Chelsea near the restaurant Ovest, on 27th btw. 10+11th. It’s just a quick subway ride away from Midtown and worth it to try some amazing pizza… especially when it’s free.