Archive for November 2011

Lunch’er Michael Reports: Pitopia is Better Than Maoz!?

Yesterday we let you know that Pitopia was now open on Broadway and 37th, and Lunch’er Michael couldn’t wait to try it (plus score his free side salad.) He was kind enough to send in this early report:

Hey Zach, Got a review of Pitopia from their falafel freeloader soft-launch special. Long story short, I’m very impressed.

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53% off Milk n’ Honey: Milk n' Honey, the Midtown kosher deli on 45th btw. 5th and 6th, is offering $7 for $15 worth of food today on Google Offers.  If you're in the area and enjoy kosher cuisine, here's your deal!

Is Harry’s Pizza a Solid Two Boots Replacement?


I’ll admit I was pretty excited when I heard that Harry’s Pizza was coming to Rockefeller Center. The Rock Center concourse hasn’t had a dedicated pizza spot since Two Boots Pizza left, so the lazier part of my nature was looking forward to getting pizza for lunch without leaving the building. Read more »

Pitopia is Now Open and Giving Away Free Salad

Remember the signage that went up back in April for Pitopia, the new hummus and falafel bar on Broadway and 37th?  Well, they are finally open and looking to get some feedback during their pre-grand opening/training phase… so, anybody who mentions Midtown Lunch today (Monday, 11/28) will get a free small salad from the salad and pickles bar (a $4.95 value) with the purchase of any falafel or hummus bowl.  Freeloading falafel lovers, prepare to engage.

Curious about the menu?  Check it out after the jump.

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Snack Box Now Offers Lobster Rolls

Let me start out by saying that if you ever come across a lobster roll in New York City that is within the Midtown Lunch budget, you should proceed with extreme caution.  Urban Lobster Shack once had $10 specials, but they’re $11 now in Midtown and now the Snack Box is doing something pretty close, offering lobster rolls in Times Square for $11.75. For those keeping score, Luke’s Lobster Truck and Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck both come in at $16, so Snack Box’s version could be  a real game-changer in Midtown West.

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Lunch Links (The “We’re Leaving Work Early Too and Won’t Be Back Until Monday” Edition)

A tamal from Leon Bakery. Photo courtesy of Food in Mouth.

  • The tamales from Leon Bakery are still good [Food in Mouth]
  • 4 Food is considering expansion [NRN via Eater]
  • Here’s more info about Pie Face, the place we noticed on B’way last week [DNAinfo]
  • Luke’s Lobster is coming to the Plaza Food Hall! [NYT]
  • STK Midtown is finally set to open on Dec. 5th [Grub Street]
  • A Midtown coffee list that doesn’t include Zibetto!?  For shame.  [SENY]
  • Watch how Momofuku Milk Bar makes their thanksgiving croissants [SENY]

Melange Green & Gourmet Does a Delicious Roast Beef Sandwich

Melange Green & Gourmet There used to be a deli called Cafe Express on 7th Ave btw 29th and 30th (they closed couple years ago to make room for a stupid Pret A Manger ) that served my favorite roast beef sandwich. It had roast beef, mayo, fried onions and was sandwiched between 2 delicious slices of focaccia bread. It was such a magnificent sandwich, that I got really sad when I found out the place was closed. Since then I haven’t really eaten a good roast beef sandwich in Midtown during lunch. So when I found out that Melange Green & Gourmet has a roast beef sandwich that was supposed to be great, I knew I had to give it a try.

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Times Square Kiosks Have Temporarily Moved

Marco? The Salume and Nuchas kiosks are not in their regular spots today due to Thanksgiving goings-on in Times Square. In fact, there’s a massive tent spanning the width of the pedestrian area where Salume usually resides for a Frigidaire event starring chefs Anne Burrell and Jeffrey Zakarian. And, Nuchas was moved out of their spot due to parade prep. You can find both kiosks safe and sound just a few blocks north in the pedestrian area between 47th and 48th, and they will return to their regular locations after the Thanksgiving festivities are over.

A Vietnamese Food Mystery At Taz

On Monday, I walked by Taz, a generic-looking deli on 45th street, and noticed signs for Vietnamese food. Well, hello! Sure enough, in the back there were offerings of bun, congee and more. Unfortunately for me, I had already acquired my Thanksgiving-inspired lunch, but I was excited for a return trip.

When I returned yesterday workers at the establishment seemed bewildered, because Monday was the first day for the freshly made Vietnamese fare, and yesterday the guy just didn’t show up! I guess only one dude knows the recipes? Obviously, I’ll be checking back next week, but did anyone get a chance to try it out on Monday? To be continued …

Taz, 19 W. 45th St. (btw 5th & 6th Ave.)

Jamba Juice vs. Potbelly: A Battle For Steel Cut Oat Supremacy

Potbelly Rock Center

It’s not all that uncommon that I run out the door without something to eat in the morning so I was pretty excited to see that Potbelly in Rock Center is now serving breakfast. And even more excited to see that they had steel cut oats. I’m a big steel cut oatmeal fan and I usually splurge for the oatmeal at Jamba Juice, so I had to see how Potbelly stacked up.

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