Friday, September 23, 2016

Luke's Lobster

5 W. 25th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Once in awhile
In these last days of summer weather we stopped by Luke's for a lobster roll, that perennially summer sandwich. What makes Luke's so great is the buttered split bun, much like the hot dog from Old Town. It highlights the lobster salad by adding just that amount of fattiness from the butter. Maybe there are one or two summer days remaining to us but I suspect fall is ready to arrive in full glory.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Old Town

45 E. 18th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
Who doesn't love a lunch of spicy chili and grilled hot dogs on toasted split buttered buns. Ok, maybe vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans, but if you're not one of those then you must get yourself to Old Town for a hot dog. The added benefit is that during the day it's super quiet and calm. The sunlight filters in through the front windows barely illuminating old creaky wood and a patina of cigarette smoke and beer.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hill Country BBQ

30 W. 24th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Sadly the moist brisket, our usual lunch order at Hill Country was too marbled today, making every bite unpredictable and not that good. It was so not that good that we had to order a couple pieces of lean brisket just to cut the pure fat. But then, on the way out, the guy behind the counter offered us a free chocolate chip cookie for kicks. I think he was being nice, but what he didn't know was that (1) we had a bad lunch and (2) Hill Country's chocolate chip cookie is the ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. In the end we leave quite satisfied.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


1133 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visits: Second time
We stopped by Inday when they first opened months ago and had a pretty nice lunch bowl of interesting combinations and a delicious meat option that I no longer remember. It's nice to see a bustling lunch crowd but lunch itself turned out a disappointment. I don't know what everyone else was eating but M. and I found our meals unbearably salty. We both had the (not) rice caulliflower base, and maybe that's the problem, because the base is salty, then you add toppings like tofu, broccoli, corn and cabbage, all of which were overly salty. M. managed to finish her meal but I couldn't. Hopefully next time it won't be so bad or we'll remember to order the basmati rice as a base.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


20 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Often when we're looking for easy peasy, we'll head down to Ennju for a salmon skin don bowl. It's probably our favorite version of the bowl craze, the layers of taste always hit the spot. Ennju's seating leaves a little (I mean a lot) to be desired, but today it was fairly quiet and not that hectic, so win win.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


23 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Regulars
Schlepper's is elevating their game with real plates and silverware! And I have to say, it made the onion rings especially great today, though the chinaware did nothing for the chicken fingers special which was far too dry for comfort. The sloppy joe though, is still a winner.

Monday, September 12, 2016


8 W. 18th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Surprisingly crowded for lunch at Ootoya on this fine fall Monday so we sat the bar. Service was on the slower side today but no matter, M. finished every bite of her lunch picture below and I loved every bite of mine. Ootoya has gone tip free so it's a little disconcerting to see the prices at first because they seem high, but then you realize that's it, that's all there is to it. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Murray's Bagels

242 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Rarely
We're deep in the middle of an installation for TEDxNewYork so I stopped by Murray's Bagels for a quick bite. M. wasn't with me and I honestly could not for the life of me guess what her favorite bagel sandwich could be so I got her mine, which is salami and tuna fish salad. I personally find it quite a great taste combination but M. said it was like peanut butter and pickles. She ate it but she eats almost everything. The tuna fish salad really has to be good though. With celery.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Taqueria Diana

601 6th Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: First Time
A new Taqueria Diana opened up in our 'hood. We had the Baja style fish tacos and the al pastor tacos. They weren't bad, nothing incredible, but also a perfectly nice lunch option if you're craving tacos, which sometimes we definitely do. I forgot we had gone with Gordon to the East Village location for burritos a couple years ago. Now I want to go back to try the burritos and maybe the roast chicken. I can never say no to roast chicken.

Lucky's Famous Burgers

264 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10023

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: First Time
Surprisingly we'd never tried Lucky's Famous Burgers though its kitschy red and yellow interior is precisely the type of place you could find us at. We had the Lucky Cheddar Burger, which was pretty fine if it not a bit on the dry side. No reason to go out of your way, but if you need a reasonably quick bite that isn't overly processed, Lucky's is your place.

Ridgeway Diner

664 Ave of the Americas, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Regularly
Something about the bright cleanliness of the Ridgeway Diner appeals to us and so we keep going back for their gyros. You might find tastier, more flavorful ones out there on the street, but it's nice sometimes to have something on the verge of bland.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


8 W. 18th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
Ootoya has a summer lunch special going on right now that is simply delicious. Chicken Katsu over rice and cabbage salad with a small bowl of cold udon. Lovely and perfect for the array of hot steamy days we've been having. A little slow down of posts as we head into the last stretch of summer, but by autumn you will find us here, eating and writing about it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

al Vicoletto

9 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Becoming a regular
Al Vicoletto is becoming a new regular spot for us. It's charming in a way that reminds us of European cafeterias, light and airy with a reasonably priced diverse menu. We both had the half sandwich/ half soup combo today. For $12 it's a good, not heavy, lunch.

Zero Otto Nove

15 W. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
Friday lunches, which this was, should be easy and relaxed. For us that is unequivocally our usual order at Zero Otto Nove of the insalta di tonno (tuna salad) and carmanuccio pizza (cheeseless with sausage pizza)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Saigon Market, with Brigid

93 University Place, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: First time
We'd never been to Saigon Grill, one of those Asian mainstays of the Union Square area so it seemed like a fun idea to meet Brigid for lunch in the new incarnation, Saigon Market. The grilled pork chop was precisely what I expected, which is to say slightly too sweet for my tastes, but still tender and nicely grilled. The real surprise were the pickled vegetables accompanying the pork chop. They provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness. I wouldn't say we'd rush out to go again but we wouldn't be opposed to eating there again.