Archive for July 2010

Katie Holmes Has Midtown Cupcakes Shipped to Canada: I guess we do have great cupcakes after all? Apparently Todd English's 16 year old daughter has a line of cupcakes called Isabelle's Curly Cakes- sold exclusively at his Food Hall in the Plaza (on 59th and 5th.)  And they're so good that Katie Holmes had a box of them shipped to Canada where she is working. [People via Eater]

At Lunch Now: Mexicue Line is Out of Control

I think it’s safe to say people are super excited about the new Mexicue Truck… they’re parked on 52nd and Park today and as of 12:10 the line is already 30 people long (and getting longer by the minute.)  I guess a little rain isn’t a deterrent when chili rubbed, pulled pork sliders are involved.

Mexicue Truck Hits the Street Serving, You Guessed It, Mexican Barbecue

Maoz Closed By Electrical Fire

Thanks to discskyer for passing along this photo of the Maoz on 40th and 7th Ave.  It’s quite a coincidence that this happens the same week that the DOH is giving out letter grades… but we’ll take them at their word (their last inspection would have gotten them an A).  As for lunch, if you’re looking for some replacement falafel in the area you’ll have to make due with this, this, or this.

Pork Chops, Mexicue, Pizza, and More: On the ML Twitter Tracker today... Cravings is on 53rd, Schnitzel is on 48th, Quick Stop Kosher is on 52nd with free dinges from Noon to 1pm (sound familiar?), Wafels & Dinges is on 46th, Eddie's Pizza and Joyride are on 52nd, Mexicue is trying to park in the 50s, QBA Kitchen is having engine trouble but hopes to make it to 44th, and Hello Pasta now offers online ordering.

Leña Latin Grill to Open for Breakfast

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Lena Latin Grill, the new South American lunch spot on 35th Street btw. 5+6th, will soon be serving Latin breakfast. Starting August 2nd from 7-10am, they’ll be offering empanadas, arepas, cafe con leche and more. Too bad they don’t serve that stuff through lunchtime!  Check out the menu after the jump.
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Korean Tacos: Yesterday, the New York Times documented the eastward spread of Korean Tacos since the Kogi BBQ Truck launched a couple years back. Representing New York were Brooklyn's Oaxaca and Flatiron Lunch reviewed Sagaponack.

Contributor Stalking: Palm Sugar; Thai Sausage; B’day Dinner

Do you wonder what the ML contributors do when they’re not eating lunch in Midtown? (They’re actually pretty easy to stalk!)

Hello DBGB Thai Sausage! Photo by Food in Mouth

Brownie tries “The Sneaky Pete” at Shopsin’s (3 poached eggs over spicy garlic bread topped with jack, bacon, tomato and scallions) while Blondie discovers that the Van Leeuwen brothers are now serving palm sugar ice cream. Ultraclay had a delicious birthday dinner at Maialino, Danny loved the bone marrow and thai sausage at DBGB, and congrats to Amy whose Stupidly Simple Snack videos launch on Hungry Nation tomorrow!

Here Come the Letter Grades: The DOH has started awarding letter grades to restaurants, causing Eater to pose the question: "Would you Dine at a B or C Grade Restaurant." Uh. We already do! Every single day. A great man once said, "B is For Better". And another great man said "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me." Agreed!

Mia Dona’s Gelato Sandwich Might Be the Best Take Away Dessert in the Area

I may not be willing to trek over 10 blocks at lunchtime for a meatball sandwich, but I’m totally willing to do the trek after work for a gelato sandwich! As we told you last week, the Mia Dona cart is now serving gelato sandwiches from around 4 until 7. I stopped by yesterday and went with the ricotta drizzled with honey. The homemade brioche was soft, sweet, and fluffy; the gelato is pretty fantastic, except the freezer is a bit too cold- rendering the gelato a bit hard. The server did mention that if the cart gets more traffic, they’ll offer more flavors. $6 is a bit pricey for a late afternoon sugar rush, but in fairness it’s probably the cheapest dessert on the block, and quite possibly the best take-away one in the area.

Mia Dona Gelato Cart, 206 E. 58th (btw. 2+3rd), 212-750-8170 (Weekdays from 4-7pm)

The Boss Inspired Great Calzone Taste Off of 2010

My first thought when George Steinbrenner died two weeks ago wasn’t of Yankee Stadium or championship trophies, it was of Larry David’s voice. I guess I’m a bigger Seinfeld fan than Yankees fan. One of my favorite Steinbrenner episodes of Seinfeld is when he becomes obsessed with George’s lunchtime calzone stuffed with cheese, pepperoni and eggplant, and starts making George bring him one everyday. The spell that calzone casts on Steinbrenner always makes me crave one. So, to honor The Boss, I headed out to some of Midtown’s most notable pizzerias in search of Midtown’s best calzone. See what I found after the jump.

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