Archive for October 2007

Five Guys Burgers Midtown Not Opening Today!

Five Guys Burgers new Midtown location (on 55th btw. 5+6th) will not be opening today (as was reported here last week).  They told me last week that they were planning on opening today, but as of this morning they are still waiting on one last permit, and hope to be open by the end of next week.  As soon as I know anything, you will know…

Hallo Berlin Cart is Still the Best October Lunch…

What would October(fest) be without a trip to the Hallo Berlin Cart…

If you haven’t been yet, you’ve got to do it.  Best sausage in the city, and watching him operate the cart is quite a sight to behold.  My “Dictator’s Special” after the jump… Read more »

Midtown Links (Mid-week Edition)

Free Todd English Food Today in Midtown

I wouldn’t normally publicize such a stupid marketing gimmic, but it’s free food- and I feel it’s my duty to inform you about any food being given away in Midtown (whether it’s Chipotle, coffeeice cream, or airline food).  Delta Airlines has opened Sky 360, a lounge for business people to sit, relax and enjoy a number of different things that will apparently entice you to fly Delta Business Class.  This includes magazines, newspapers, coffee, Coke, and airline snacks (like Sun Chips and other stuff), all for free. 

PLUS on Wednesdays from Noon to 1pm, they will be serving free samples from their new line of in flight meals, designed by Chef Todd English.  That’s right.  Free food.  Free soda.  Free snacks.  Awww yeah.  Ironically, if you can afford to fly business class (or have the type of job that would fly you business class) you probably aren’t going to go out of your way for a free bag chips.  I’m not complaining of course.  It just means more for the rest of us!

The Sky 360 is on the corner of 57th & 6th Ave., and will be open weekdays from now until November 10th.

WANTED: Shangri-la Express Tibetan Food Cart


Suspect: The Tibetan Food Cart “Shangri-la Express”

First Seen: Friday, October 19th on 50th btw. 6+7th

Last Seen: Friday, October 19th on 50th btw. 6+7th

Crime:  Serving up various Tibetan dishes for $4-5- including Momos, Tibetan steamed dumplings stuffed with meat and scallions.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this cart, last seen hawking its wares across the street from the cart with the sombrero- please contact Midtown Lunch immediately by emailing

PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Joe”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. This week it’s Joe, a Graphic Design guy who’s into Pho and looking some Banh Mi (what else is new?)…

Name: Joe


Graphic Design Guy

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
37th & Broadway

Favorite Kind of Food:
This is totally dependant upon my mood, as I’ll eat pretty much anything you put in front of me. I guess my top food choices lately have been BBQ & Middle Eastern. I like anything that has lots of flavor, or can make me sweat when I’m eating it.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
I hate the TGI Applebennigachili’s type restaurants. I had a job that required a lot of travel and inevitably the popular vote would land us at one of these sit down glorified McDonald’s. There’s always a better option than those types of places. I also have a texture issue, so things like jellyfish and most raw meats get the thumbs down from me.

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
One of my coworkers took me to Pho 32, on, well…32nd street, which was great. Sometimes you just need some pho. I also dig Arang (32nd btw. B’way+5th) if I have a little extra cash.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: There are two places. When I want something “healthy” I’ll usually go to Bryant Deli (6th Ave. btw. 37+38th) for a salad. They’ve got the same type of set up as a Metro or Pax for half the price. I hadn’t been there in a while, and the last time I went it seemed like it wasn’t quite as fresh as when I first found the place, and it was a buck more, but still totally reasonable, comparatively. The other is the Chicken and Rice cart on 36th & 6th ave. This conversely has gone from “okay” to one of the better chicken and rice carts in the immediate vicinity.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Last week about half the production staff in my office went to Kati Roll (39th btw. 5+6th). I loved it, but most everyone else seemed to spend a half hour groaning, holding their stomachs and inevitably slipping into a food coma. A handful of us made the walk uptown to Kwik Meal (6th Ave. & 45th St.) the other day as I loved their sandwiches at the Vendys.  Their chicken and rice place was awesome, by the way.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I’d love to work from home in Astoria. There’s so many great, inexpensive options, and a short bike ride to Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. With an hour lunch in Astoria I think it’s possible to get pretty much anything my cold heart desires.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where can I get a good Banh Mi in the Macy’s / K town area? I searched the site, and came up empty handed, and I have a hard timebelieving that there are no good (or at least passable) Banh Mi placesin K town.

Ah yes… the Banh Mi question again.  What ever happened to that Banh Mi cart some of you readers were going to start up?  Any progress on that?  In the meantime, I finally made it over to Saigon 48 the other day (on 48th btw. B’way+8th).  Not the best Vietnamese food I’ve ever had, but it was ok.  A photo of one of the dishes I tried, after the jump… Read more »

Getting Sirius With the “Champion of the Buffet”—Me!

International Food House Restaurant & Buffet
Posted to the M.L. Flickr Photo Group by Seraphim1970

Last week I was on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Maxim Radio Channel giving my tips on how to beat the All You Can Eat Buffet.  Most of the info is already covered in the “Midtown Lunch Guide to Beating the All You Can Eat Chinese Food Buffet“, but now you can check it out in audio form! Notice how Stretch, the DJ, refers to me as “Champion of the Buffet” and “Buffet Expert”.  I think I could get used to that…

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Unfortunately, when it comes to all you can eat Chinese Buffets, we’re pretty weak here in Midtown.  The only option I have found is the “Midtown Buffet” on 7th Ave. btw. 39+40th., which is the kind of buffet you eat at once every 6 months, to remind yourself why you only eat there once every 6 months.  Luckily there are other places to enjoy, for those of us obsessed with buffets.  My favorites, after the jump… Read more »

Midtown Links

Belly Laughs: Tad’s Steaks on SNL

Even Saturday Night Live hates Tad’s Steaks.  Amazing.

Related: People Getting Punched Just Before Eating

Me Gusta Este Blimpie! (That’s right. I’m writing about Blimpie.)

***This Blimpie Location is Now Closed, but the Latin Food can now be found in the newsstand next door***

Latin food (and Korean food) seems to pop up in the strangest places in Midtown.  Delis (like Utopia Cafe on 56th btw. 5+6th), Pizza parlors like La Strada (on 56th btw. Lex+3rd), and I’ve even seen a lady selling homemade Latin food out of a grocery basket on 46th. btw. 5+6th.  But all of those pale in comparison to what I discovered the other day.  Latin food inside a Blimpie.

That’s right.  Blimpie.  The sub chain.  The place I would never step foot into in a million years… unless I saw a sign for Latin food.  Imagine my surprise when I saw such a sign while walking down 6th Ave. the other day.  Spanish Food.  Right there in neon.  For $5.50. How could I not?

Photos that prove I entered a Blimpie, what they had, and a +/-, after the jump… Read more »