Free Cone Day At Ben & Jerry’s is Upon Us: The weather is warmer, and coincides with a free ice cream cone giveaway at Ben & Jerry's. Luckily, both NYC shops are in Midtown: on the concourse level at Rockefeller Center, and on 44th btw. 7th+8th. You can snag your freebies from noon to 8 p.m.

Breads Bakery Coming Soon to New Bryant Park Food Kiosks

Super exciting news – three new kiosks will be opening up in Bryant Park, in the old Starbucks/’wichcraft spaces – Le Pain Quotidien opens today, April 13, and Wafels & Dinges is scheduled to open second, sometime between April 15 and 30th.

I know, that’s great and all but the most exciting is Breads Bakery will have its first midtown outpost! No word yet on exact opening date for that kiosk, but I will update you as I find out more information.

New Pret a Manger Opens in Penn Station Today w/ Free Stuff

A new Pret A Manger is opening in Penn Station tomorrow – exact location above because I could not personally describe to you where anything inside Penn Station is. While I haven’t personally posted about them here on Midtown Lunch, I go there a little more often than you might think – mostly for their amazing chocolate chip cookie, which Serious Eats declared the best chocolate chip cookie in midtown some time ago (while I have a different place I think would take the top prize now, I can’t justify buying 8-10 cookies all the time). That post even caused a temporary shortage of Pret cookies

All that to say, I get cookies from Pret whenever I need a quick pick me up. And now if you work in the Penn Station area, you have one more location from which you can do so.

In celebration of their first transport hub shop in the city, during the grand opening today, they will be giving away tote bags throughout the day (while supplies last). The newest location will have seating for 30+ and boasts 1,900 square feet. Also, like at every location, unsold food will be donated daily to City Harvest.

Store hours will be:
Monday-Thursday: 4am – 12am
Friday: 4am – 1am
Saturday: 5am – 1am
Sunday: 6am to 12am

Freeloaders, engage!

Grand Gourmet Returns and So Does Your Chance to Score VIP Tix

Once again, there will be a big food festival inside Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station called Grand Gourmet. This is a huge event where food businesses from the area set up shop and serve some of their best dishes. Not only do you get all this food in one place, but it’s a chance to try some higher end restaurants that are a little out of the usual ML price point. Tickets are $125 for general admission and include all the tastings, plus net proceeds go to charity (to local homeless service programs in the neighborhood).

If that’s a little out of your price range, here’s your chance to score a pair of VIP tickets to the event on Thursday, May 7, which will last from 7:00 (6:15 for VIPs)-9:30pm. Just take a look at the list of participating restaurants and tell us which you are most excited to try and why in the comments below. We will randomly pick a winner on Thursday, April 30 at 3pm. For more information, click here and to purchase tickets, click here.

Shady Dawgz Barks Up the Midtown Lunch Tree

On another jaunt through midtown, I stumbled across this truck bragging they were “Voted NYC #1 Gourmet Dawg” – I was born & raised in NYC, but the only time I say “dawg” is with extreme sarcasm, or when I’m extremely inebriated. Regardless, pictures of the menu and why ML readers probably aren’t too interested in this truck, after the jump…

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Lil Zeus Lunch Box Brings Greek Cuisine to Midtown West

Shortly after I alerted y’all to the existence of this magical blue cart, I went back to check out the goodies. I even foolishly asked the guy for “a little hot sauce” – because part of the quality of any street cart lies in how good their hot sauce is, right?? Right! What I ate, and how I fared with their hot sauce, after the jump…

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Free Peanut Butter and Stumptown Alert

Today (March 31) & Tomorrow (April 1) between 7:30 am and 1:30pm, and 4pm – 7pm at The Corner at the Roger Smith Hotel (47th St and Lexington Avenue), the peanut people will be hosting a pop-up with actual peanut farmers, breakfast and snack samples, and much more. If you missed the promo of free Peanut Butter & Co. pb&j sandwiches being delivered to your office on Monday, this is your opportunity to grab some other goodies. Details here.

If that isn’t enough freebies for you, you can also score a free 12 oz Stumptown coffee from the Shake Shack in Grand Central Terminal with purchase of a breakfast sandwich on Tuesday, 3/31 only, from 7am – 10:30am.

Freeloaders, engage!

Little Steamed Buns Ramen II Coming to Midtown East

Exciting news for Midtown East Lunch’ers — Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen is heading east to open its second location, taking over what was formerly Legends 55 (Google shows me what looks like a fairly generic Chinese/fusion/mishmash restaurant) at 146 E. 55th Street. The original in Midtown West was reviewed favorably by Chris almost exactly a year ago, so hopefully they bring the same game to Midtown East. While we don’t lack for ramen, we could certainly use some soup dumplings!

Some more immediate news you can use after the jump…

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Another Blue Greek Cart Appears in Midtown West

OMG, you guys… I found another new-to-midtown (possibly entirely new?) cart. Actually, Lunch’er Dave sent in this tip:

“There’s a little “Greek” cart on W 50th, across the street from the other carts, which does grilled meat in its plates and salads. I’ve been once, a couple weeks ago, and it was quite good, but I haven’t checked if they are still coming around regularly.”

I walked over to see if it was parked there today. The menu and more after the jump…

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New Asian Food Cart Pops Up in Midtown East

Guys, I found a new cart (new to midtown, and seemingly just about 6 months old) today, and it sells something I haven’t seen at a cart previously. GET EXCITED.

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