Flatiron Lunch: Quail Curry, Openings and Closings

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.

I know. I know. I am supposed to stay away from Indian food for a while on Flatiron Lunch, but this was too exciting. Remember back in August when I tried twice and failed twice to order the quail curry at Lahori Kebab? Well, I was walking by recently on Thursday looking for dinner, and they had it! It was as amazing as I was hoping. Where else in Flatiron can you get a whole curried quail? (Seriously, if you know of any place, let us know in the comments.) It tasted great (as did the saag I ordered with it), and the only drawback was that it isn’t eligible for the $8.99 combo specials. I managed to convince them, with the help of a regular customer, to let me do it with an up-charge bringing the total to about $13. I think it was totally worth it.

Lahori Kabab, 124 Lexington Avenue (between 28 and 29 Streets), (212) 400-1166

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A Long Overdue Return to Cafe Edison

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When we reported the news of pastrami cart Katz n Dogz legal troubles with Katz’s Deli, many commenters reminded us of the cheapest legit pastrami sandwich in Midtown. Few of us venture over to Cafe Edison since it is inside a very touristy hotel and you must cross over either Times Square or the equally mobbed Eighth Avenue to get there.

Zach reviewed the stuck-in-time Eastern European diner back in 2007 and I used to frequent this spot back in my early days living in NYC (back in the early aughts). Back then, if anybody had asked me where to get a good affordable meal in Midtown, this would have been my only answer.

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Choice Streets Tickets on Sale Today at Noon

Village Voice just keeps the food festivals coming. After the gluttonous Choice Eats last week, they’re focusing their attention to street food. Tickets for the third annual Choice Streets go on sale today at noon. Once again, more than 20 food trucks will board the Intrepid for a night of food, music, and fun.

The event is on Wednesday, May 7 from 7-11pm. General admission tickets are $50, but for $60 you get early entry at 7:30 and for $70 you get a VIP ticket with an hour’s worth of early eating, a gift bag, and a special drink experience (probably not from a food truck). This year, they will also be offering a special passport system, which should allow guests to sample a dish from each truck.

Already on the roster are Solber Pupusas, Moo Shu Grill, Love Mamak, and last year’s reader’s poll winner Sweet Chili. More trucks will be announced soon and if the previous years are any indication, there will be a few surprises and exclusive truck debuts. You can get your tickets and more information here.

Puff Cha Brings Thai Puff Pastries to Hells Kitchen


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When we got word that a new Thai eatery called Puff Cha was opening in Hells Kitchen (457 50th St between 9th & 10th Ave), we responded with an indifferent eye roll. In my opinion, there are simply way too many generic Thai restaurants in Hells Kitchen – and ever since I discovered my one and only love, I rarely mix up my routine. However, I love a scrappy specialist, and these guys are serving up a menu that’s focused on Thai puff pastries, both savory and sweet, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Aside from the puff pastries, there’s a curtailed menu of soup, noodles, and most intriguing, a lunch special that rings in at only $6.95.

We’ll definitely be checking this place out soon and bringing you a full report. In the meantime, any early adopters, please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.

Puff Cha, 457 W. 50th St (btw. 9+10th Ave)

Korilla BBQ Truck’s Edward Song Talks to Us About the Current State of the Food Truck Biz

When the Korilla BBQ Truck launched nearly 4 year ago, it was arguably a turning point on the NYC food landscape. It represented a new era of food trucks – not just the introduction of Korean tacos being vended from a food truck a la LA’s famed Kogi BBQ Truck, but also a paradigm shift towards the new school of gourmet food trucks.

Since then, many food trucks have come and gone. A ton of drama, police and otherwise, has occurred. However, the Korilla food truck has persevered and grown their footprint since their launch in 2010. I had a chance to sit down with the founder and owner, Eddie Song to talk about the current state of food trucks and his future plans for Korilla.
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Flatiron Lunch: Two Bagels w/ Whitefish Salad Below 23rd Street

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.

There are too many bagel places in the Flatiron area to continue to ignore them. Granted, not all bagels are created equal, and I still can’t wrap my head around how we lost H&H bagels. Instead of trying to write up each bagel spot, I, completely selfishly, decided to try the whitefish salad on bagel as my benchmark. If there isn’t a complete mutiny, this won’t be the last bagel post.

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Janchi Janchi is Another Option for Korean Fast Food & Buffet

The folks at Kum Gang San are having themselves a busy year. They’ve recently expanded their operations to Rock Center with the opening of New York Kimchi, and now they’ve re-purposed their ground level dining room at their 32nd street location into a fast food / food court / buffet style restaurant called Janchi Janchi (translating to ‘feast’).

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Quick Look: The Sushi at Wasabi Sushi & Bento

During my previous Wasabi review, I ate pretty much everything off their menu, but I never really dove into the sushi offerings. The sushi didn’t originally catch my attention at Wasabi, but I don’t write these posts for my own personal enjoyment (yes, I do), so the addition of a Midtown establishment serving up individually wrapped pieces of sushi will obviously attract some attention. Craving something healthy(ish) for lunch, I zipped over to Wasabi to try out their sushi.

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Choice Eats Highlights the Best of New York’s Diverse Cuisine (Though it Could Use Some More Midtown Flavor)

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Last night, I ate about a 40 course meal in just under three hours. It was at the gut-busting event known as Choice Eats. This year the festivities went down in Basketball City in BFE Manhattan (that weird neighborhood between the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the Seaport). The far-out location did not stop the crowds nor the food vendors from bringing lots of tasty offerings. And although there was a glut of barbecue and sandwiches (no complaints here), I couldn’t help notice the true diversity of cuisines. Not since the Vendy Awards have I been to a food event that represented so much of the world.

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