Archive for November 2010

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Signage Alert! KTown Food Court is Food Gallery 32


Luncher “Donny” comes through once again with a signage shot for the long-awaited Koreatown Food Court. The name, Food Gallery 32 is descriptive if not so interesting, but what I really want to know is when they’re going to open?

Last week I checked in with them to find out how soon they expect to be open. It looks like it most likely won’t be before the end of the year. Right now they are estimating something like another five weeks. They promised to send us a rundown of the vendors that will be selling there, but so far we only know about the upcoming brick and mortar branch of the Cravings Truck, and (now) Red Mango.

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Nominations Are Open For the 2010 Readers’ Poll: It's that time of year again.  Want to decide who ultimately gets to vie for the title of "Best in Midtown"?  Nominations for the 2010 Midtown Lunch Readers' poll are now open in the forums. Nominate your favorites now, or you have no right to complain later.

PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jen”

Every Tuesday we 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 Jen, an attorney who hates offal but wishes she was eating Japanese balls in the East Village.

Name: Jen

Age: 32

Occupation: Attorney by day / Food blogger by night

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Currently I’ m on Park between 40th and 41st Street. I move around every few months/years. Have also spent a lot of time on 54th St between Lexington and 3rd Ave and 30th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese (sushi, ramen & izaykaya), Indian (particularly Southern indian for lunch, dosas and chaats), tacos, dumplings and desserts from all around the world

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Any type of offal. I just can’t do it.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Top favorites, Minar on 31st Street for the samosa chaat or the dosas, Mai Cuisine or Café Zaiya on 41st Street, Kati Roll Company on 39th Street, Menchanko Tei (on 45th btw. Lex+3rd), Mandoo Bar on 32nd Street for kimchi dumplings, or mysterious Korean-Mexican hole in the wall on 29th Street that helped me win tickets to a Citymeals-on-Wheels benefit at Rockefeller Center back in 2009.

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Leave the Soup, Take the Bun: Your First Look at Sensebowl


I’ll admit to being very intrigued by Sensebowl, our latest Asian offering (on 52nd btw Lex+3rd). “Build your own bowl” can be hit or miss.  For example: build your own salad?  No thanks.  Pay what it weighs?  Even worse.  But these bowls are sold at a set price (good), and they’re billing themselves as “Chipotle meets Momofuku”.  But Momofuku is kind of great, and I could help but wonder if Sensebowl was setting my expectations too high.

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Generic Kati Roll and Biryani Cart Pops Up on 46th

Imposter Kati Roll Cart

The other day when I was walking down 46th street I spotted a small sign in what looked to be a generic halal food cart: “Kati Rolls $2.99, 2 for $5.99″ and yet another sign on the same cart for biryani. I did a double take. This cart is literally directly across the street from the two time People’s Choice Vendy award winning Biryani Cart. Naturally, I had to check it out. Read more »

Psych! No Taim Mobile in Midtown Today: Shorty after we rejoiced in the news that Taim Mobile would be spending their first official day in Midtown, they sent this disappointing message. (Spoiler: They're going to wait a bit longer before coming to Midtown.)  As smart as we know it is for food trucks to get settled before braving the Midtown Lunch crowds, it still hurts a bit...

Pret’s Pain Au Chocolates Spell Danger


While Pret is at most an occasional lunch spot, owing to the high price of their sandwiches, I do make frequent morning visits because their coffee tends to be darker and stronger than the other joints in the Rock Center area and it’s made with organic milk for less than the cost of a similar cup at the ‘bux. And they offer a 10% Rock Center discount with the Privilege Card (I have a card, somewhere, but I’ve never had a problem just asking for the Rock Center discount). Anyway, I like the morning ritual of settling at my desk, getting the lay of the land then going out to get cup of coffee. Usually I just get coffee but if I missed breakfast I might get an egg sandwich, too. The other day, I overheard that the Pain au Chocolate ($1.99) had just come out of the oven and quite frankly I have a hard time saying no to any Pain Au Chocolate. Dark chocolate in a buttery, flakey pastry? Yes, please. Somehow I had avoided the siren song of Pret’s chocolate croissant… until now. Read more »

A Look at Pizza By Cer Te’s Sustainable Side: Our posts about Pizza by Cer Te (on 56th btw. Lex+Park) focus mostly on how the pizza by tastes, but if you're curious about the whole "green" aspect of the business the blog "Have You Ever Picked a Carrot" has a pretty in depth look at what makes the place environmentally friendly.

Taim Mobile Coming to Midtown Tomorrow!?

When news first broke that Taim would be launching a food truck, we were curious where they would plant their flag. Answer? Midtown!!! The truck had its soft opening this past weekend, and is spending today working out some of the kinks. But according to this the official launch will be tomorrow, and they’re hoping to find a parking space in Midtown. Easier said than done of course, but we’re pulling for them! Track their location tomorrow on Twitter, or the ML Twitter Tracker.