Archive for January 2012

Mike ‘N’ Willie’s Truck Set to Hit Midtown Today

On Friday, Andrea discovered that a brand new truck was set to park in the Financial District. Well, over the weekend the Mike ‘N’ Willie’s truck mentioned on Twitter that they will be arriving somewhere in Midtown today. The menu, which can be viewed on their website (although with no prices listed), is comprised of barbecue sliders and tacos. It sounds pretty similar to the food Mexicue is serving, but one menu item called the Pea-Nocchio (a fried chipotle chickpea patty) sounds intriguing enough to warrant hunting this truck down. According to their Twitter account they’ll be on 40th & 6th today, but you might want to check it or the ML Twitter Tracker before heading out just to be safe. Midtown first timers never seem to end they day where they start it…

Winter at ‘wichcraft Means New Sandwiches and Old faves

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If you were sad when ‘wichcraft kicked their grilled Gruyère to the curb, today is your lucky day. Not only is it back starting today as part of their new winter menu, but it’s returning alongside two other old favorites and two new sandwiches. The old favorites are the meatloaf with tomato relish, bacon and aged Cheddar on ciabatta, and the roasted pork coppa with pickled pepper relish and fontina on grilled country bread. The Berkshire pork is being sourced from Iowa’s Berkridge Farms, which raises its animals without ‘roids, hormones, or growth promotants, sub-theraputic antibiotics, or animal by-products in their feed. Now, about those new sandwiches…

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Kickstart Your Week With “Bunday Mondays” at Hooters: If you like boobs burgers, and don't mind a lunch splurge (wait, that sounds weird) you'll be excited to know that Hooters (on 56th btw. B'way+7th) just started "Bunday Mondays". Lunch'er "Andrew" tipped us off to the special, which is the burger of your choice with both fries AND tater tots for around $11 or $12 on Mondays only. That's a bit too pricey for us, and it's not as exciting as their "Hall Pass" promotion, but we figured we'd pass it along as a PSA to those of you who might care.

Lunch Links (The “Double Meat FTW!” Edition)

A Wreck at Potbelly when you don’t order double meat. Photo courtesy of SENY

  • Clearly this person didn’t take our double meat suggestion at Potbelly [SENY]
  • Is there a cheaper lunch in Midtown than doubles from the Trini Paki Cart? [Food in Mouth]
  • The bulgogi wraps at Bon Chon make for a good lunch [Feisty Foodie]
  • The grilled spicy beef salad at Pure Thai Cookhouse is great [The Eaten Path]
  • Son Ja Jang makes a good bowl of jjajangmyeon, and it’s only $7 at lunch [Bionic Bites]
  • Pie Face is also giving away a trip to Australia [Grub Street]
  • Our man Chris isn’t the only one to be disappointed by Steak N Shake [Fork in the Road]
  • You probably spend way more on lunch than you think [Gothamist]
  • Bright flashing lights is just what restaurant row needs! [NYP]

De Strawberry Short Wafel is A Great Winter Treat

I must admit I was a bit skeptical when Wafels & Dinges announced their newest creation, De Strawberry Short Wafel. It sounds like a delicious option for summer time when strawberries are fully in season, but here we are in the mildly freezing month of January. And while I know that strawberries are now available yearlong, it’s still not the first flavor I’d think of for the winter.

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Tri Tip Grill’s Bacon Cheddar Buck is a Winner

Tri Tip Grill

Ever since I started writing here on Midtown Lunch, I have heard of Tri Tip Grill (loved by many Midtown Lunch’ers). I wanted to try them and I knew I should try them. But things kept coming up and I just never had the time to trek up to the Rockefeller Center. Then finally at the Midtown Lunch 5th Year Anniversary I was able to try their roast beef. After eating 1 (followed by 3 more), I knew what all the craze was about.

Now with their Grand Central location opened for business, I can enjoy as many roast beef sandwiches as I want. And for my 1st one I decided to try something special.

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Flatiron Lunch: The Cannibal’s Grilled Cheese is No Ordinary Sando

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.


During the late summer last year, the restaurant Resto expanded into a neighboring space and opened The Cannibal (29th btw Park+Lex), a beer shop and butcher that serves small plates at a rustic, masculine communal bar area and a small backyard patio which is open during warmer weather. When I stopped by it was full of men in suits watching ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open. It’s basically a spot after our own hearts complete with fridges holding about 350 brews, eight taps, a back area butcher’s counter selling homemade charcuterie among other meats, and a menu that includes a Pigs Head Cuban. I decided to leave the Cuban for Clay to try, and went with another delicious sounding sandwich just at the ML ceiling, their Grilled Cheese. But this wasn’t an ordinary cheesy sandwich.

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Get 53% off BBQUE’s Smoke Shack: This week our brand new deals page has got something for the Flatiron Lunch'ers. Get $15 worth of BBQUE's Smoke Shack for just $7. You might remember the place from when Clay hit them up back in November, before they really got their footing... this might be just the thing to get him back for a second look.

ML Forums: Breastaraunt; Final Meal

  • Midtown really needs a Zankou Chicken [Midtown Eating]
  • But does it also need a “breastaraunt”? [Miscellaneous]
  • If you are in Midtown, and about to die, where would you spend your last $10? [Midtown Eating]

Kwik Meal’s Lamb On Rice Is Under $10 Again!

Back in September, we were dismayed to learn that lamb prices had risen so much that Kwik Meal’s famous lamb on rice could no longer be considered a Midtown Lunch. Thankfully, the price of lamb has gone down, putting Kwik Meal back in the game once again. While the prices aren’t what they were prior to the hike, lamb on rice is now $9 and the lamb on pita is $8.  Thanks to Lunch’er midtownCustomer for tipping us off in the forums!

Kwik Meal, SW Corner of 45th and 6th