Wednesday, October 22, 2014


22 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 2
In brief: The experience leaves much to be desired but we lucked out with the food today
10-22 Mangia
We don't frequent Mangia much. We know the food is decent for this kind of place, but it's just not the place we want to spend our time out of the office. Today however, we tried their daily special plate of meatloaf with brussel sprouts and sweet potato mash. We also tried one of their salads by weight. The dressing was surprisingly nice, and so was the meatloaf. It reminded us both of our absolute favorite from The Stage Deli. Success all around.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lenny's, with TEDx

16 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 6
In brief: One day we'll try something other than the Italian combo at Lenny's, but probably not anytime soon.
10-21 Lenny's
We've been going full steam on work for the upcoming TEDx event and when our even more harder working organizers were in the 'hood, we had a quick bite together. I'm not sure anyone will ever be able to persuade us to try another sandwich at Lenny's because the Italian combo is just too perfect. And speaking of awesome things, if you want to feel inspired, come to TEDxNewYork! We'll be there, soaking in ideas in the day long conference. You can apply directly on their website.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flatiron Hall

38 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 4
In brief: Always a solid lunch choice.
10-17 Flat Iron Hall
Every Friday we have the same conversation about where to go for lunch, which is basically that we run through 3-4 options before remembering that Fridays, weirdly, are the days when lots of office peeps decide they should take a long lunch. Which means everywhere we think of is apt to be more crowded than usual. Except Flatiron Hall! Which was busier than usual, but not so busy that there weren't a good handful of tables available for us to have our hamburger and salad share. Yum.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gahm Mi Oak

43 W. 32nd St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 15
In brief: Yes to Gahm Mi Oak.
10-16 Gahm Mi Oak
We'd been trying to go have a happiness lunch of sul loeng tang and kimchi at Gahm Mi Oak for a couple weeks now and kept getting thwarted. The soup was saltier than normal, which is to say it's normally never salty. Which means when we both self served the same amount of salt we always put in, the broth ended up on the too salty side. Still left in a happier mood than when we started though.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homes Kitchen, with Monte Builds

22 E. 21st, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 13
In brief: Happy day! The string beans are back!
10-15 Homes Kitchen
Recently one of our projects was part of the Dwell Home Tour and at one of the evening events, we met another architect, Nicholas Moons, who had a project in the tour as well. It turns out that not only did we go to the same school a couple years apart, but we also work next door to one another. What's a lunching lady to do but set up a neighborhood lunch. We introduced him to a couple new dishes and marveled at the string beans that are good again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


911 Seventh Ave, NY, NY 10019

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 5
In brief: It appears the round fruit tart of our memories no longer exists at Petrossian. It's replaced by this rectangular one, which was pretty good, but not fantastically great.
10-14 strawberry tart

Sophie's Cuban

28 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 8
In brief: It's possible it's not the most authentic, but we don't care, Sophie's Cuban can be relied on for lunch satisfaction.
10-14 Sophie's Cuban
You are thinking, I know it, what the hell is going on with this 70 degree weather in the middle of October? Sophie's was empty inside, everyone was taking their lunches to go so we did too. Messy roast pork sandwiches are best consumed outside anyway, the juices can just drip right onto the pavement.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Via Emilia

47 E. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 4
In brief: I've actually never tried anything but the bolognese ragu at Via Emilia.
10-13 Via Emilia
I know the weather objectively looks quite warm for mid-October but I was cold this morning and haven't been able to shake it off. So a hot plate of bolognese ragu at Via Emilia could not have tasted better. And then I realized that I go here everytime M. is not around and that I always order the same thing.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cafe Hanamizuki

149 West 29th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: An oasis of Japanese calm on an otherwise unremarkable block of a rather uninteresting neighborhood.
10-11 Hanamizuki
Ever notice how the Japanese always like to make things look nice? Even a quick lunch meal of rice balls is served on wooden trays and the classiest disposable chopsticks I've ever seen. The rice balls are fine but the potato salad and pickled vegetables divine. I could have eaten more of those.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rainbow Falafel

26 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 2
In brief: Not exactly the most amazing falafel out there, but a damn fine meal for under $5. 10-10 Rainbow Falafel
We've been weirdly spacey about lunch lately, not just posting, but also we leave the office, think we're headed here but then end up there or then there is closed and we say oh let's go there and then stop here instead.


200 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 10
In brief: Prime Rib. Happy Face.
10-09 Eataly
It's pretty strange to me that we are a good ways into October and still eating lunch outside, but no complaining here! Especially not if it means a prime rib sandwich from Eataly and an outdoor table in the bright sunshine.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hill Country

30 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 7
In brief: Normally we wait for larger groups to eat at Hill Country, but I was in the mood for deep saltiness.
10-07 Hill Country
As usual, Hill Country does not disappoint though it depletes our wallets. The cucumber salad, which is normally the perfect accompaniment to the saltiness of the meal, was on the yowzers tart side.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

City Bakery

3 W. 18th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visit #: 2
In brief: The smell of stale mop already predisposed me to not liking my lunch.
10-02 City Bakery
Upstairs it was a little better but the rest of lunch not so great. City Bakery is probably very nice if you like fresh and interesting salad combinations but the fried chicken was not just dry, but bland and the brown rice accompaniment not cooked enough. I did enjoy the kale salad a great deal, but a girl can't live on salad alone. M. finished her entire plate, which is not to say that she found especially delicious.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mangez Avec Moi, with Jim

71 West Broadway, NY, NY 10007

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: If you are expecting French food at Mangez Avec Moi, you would be incorrect. 09-30 Mangez Avec Moi
I unexpectedly had to run to an errand downtown around lunchtime and who else to call and see about grabbing a bite together than our old college chum, Jim. I let M. figure it out with him and was told to go to Mangez Avec Moi on West Broadway. Which surely I am not the first or only person to think I would be eating merguez baguette sandwiches and ended up with glass noodles instead.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Marlow & Sons

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: The food is excellent at Marlow & Sons, though the lunch menu is sparser than the dinner I remember from years back. The downsides are small and expensive portions.
09-26 Marlow & Sons
The two ladies next to us were much more annoyed with their small portions than we were, but that's because we added a side of sausage to compliment the fennel salad and sunny side up eggs over potatoes. We threw down a twenty each and I felt slightly annoyed that such a light lunch was so much, though as M. points out, it was rather good.