Archive for September 2010

Get 50% Off St Andrews Pub from Scoutmob: As if I need another reason to visit a pub with men in kilts?!  Scoutmob is now offering 50% off St. Andrews Pub, and getting the coupon is free via text or email! Offer expires 12/29/2010, and has a $40 cap on the discount. Don't know about you, but half price haggis and scotch sounds like a happy hour to this bonnie lass!

Bill’s Bar & Burger Enters the Crowded Midtown Burger Scene

Since Bill’s Bar & Burger opened in the Meatpacking District late last year, I was under the impression that it was meant to compete with Shake Shack. I can’t speak to the original location, but after eating at the new Rockefeller Center location (51st btw. 5+6th), I can tell you that Shack Shack has nothing to worry about. This comparison isn’t about the quality of the food (we’ll get there), it’s just that Bill’s offers a completely different experience.

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BOGO Macaroons: On the ML Twitter Tracker today... Eddie's is on 52nd, Street Sweets is on 52nd, Mexicue was forced to move from Park Ave. to the Flatiron, Miss Softee is on her way with crumbcake, Cupcake Stop is on 58th, and if you buy one box of macaroons from Market in the Grand Hyatt, get one free until 5pm.

Sophie’s Cuban Coming Soon to 45th

Sophie's Cuban Restaurant

Good news for Sophie’s Cuban fans who work in the heart of Midtown. Construction has started on a new Sophie’s outpost at 45th st. between 5th and 6th Ave (next to Goodburger.) We’re hearing that the plan is to open in October, and Sophie’s feels a lot more confident about this spot than the ill fated 41st Street branch that closed almost two years ago. Looks like Margon and Cafe Cello are about to get their toughest competition yet. ¡Viva la Selección!

Boki Korean Cart Updates Menu, Still a Work in Progress

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A few weeks ago when we reviewed Boki, the new Korean food cart on 5th Ave. near the 32nd Street strip of Koreatown, we found that the dumplings weren’t so great and the fried chicken, though tasty, didn’t live up to the name “Korean Fried Chicken.” Well, last week Luncher ‘Pink’ chimed in to let us know that the fried chicken and dumplings were gone, and the folks at Boki confirmed that “after a couple of weeks of trial and error, we took the chicken and dumplings off our menu.” They went on to say that they are continuing to update the menu over time and that they love the feedback.

In the name of research, I decided to stop in again to see what options have replaced the outgoing ones.

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Kushi Q Closes 3rd Ave. Location: Thanks to Lunch'er Garett for passing this one along... the original location of the fast food yakitori joint Kushi Q (on 3rd Ave. btw. 45+46th) has closed, and there is a sign directing people to the Citigroup Center food court location (on 53rd btw. Lex+3rd).

ML Forums: Rainy Comfort Food

Softee Season is Coming to An End, But You Can Still Win Free Cones From Miss Softee

DSC00188Last week marked the beginning of fall and for those of you who follow the ice cream truck trade, that means that fewer and fewer trucks are on the road these days. While the last official day of the season isn’t until October 31st, it’s pretty much going to depend on the weather; about 1/2 of the regular trucks (both Softee and non branded white trucks) have already stopped for the season. Miss Softee is still out there (when it’s not raining!) and is currently running an ice cream contest. Want free ice cream? Details after the jump.

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Kelvin Slush is in Midtown!: It's probably the worst day for it, but we've just heard that Kelvin Slush is parked on 51st btw. 6+7th until 7:30pm. (Apparently Andrew Zimmern wanted to stop by after finishing up with the Schnitzel Truck.)  After their triumph at the Vendys, it might be worth ignoring the weather and checking it out. (But make sure you check Twitter for any updates.  You know how Midtown is...)

At Lunch Now: Bill’s Bar & Burger is Full But Not Insane

If there was any doubt that the new Bill’s Bar & Burger (on 51st btw. 6+7th) would have any trouble filling up their new mammoth Rock Center location, you can put those questions to rest. (Of course the rain probably doesn’t hurt.) There’s a wait for tables but it’s not too bad (aka it’s crowded but not insane.) Customers all seem to be in a pretty good mood. I was able to walk right in and grab a seat at the bar (it was the only one available.) Food came about 12 minutes after I ordered it. Not bad at all for a first day…