Wednesday, July 1, 2015


25 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
We tried something new here today, the dosas. The dosas look and are served like tacos, and there's 3 generously sized pieces per order. We felt like it was more food than their other options. The dosas themselves were not crepe thin or crispy as I'd like but they are a nice alternative to rice. The thing that really puzzles us about that place is the assembly line and how they use a separate pan to heat up every single order (even though they only have 6 basic basic sauce options) making their lines extremely inefficient. The attempt at made to order is nice, but really unnecessary considering it's curry. Shouldn't it be made in one big pot?

Dreesen's Doughnuts from Balthazar Bakery

80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

Rating: A - Excellent
Visits: Often (when our office was nearby)
This is a classic cake doughnut that has been featured on our blog many times in the past. We miss it dearly and wish there was an equivalent in the Flatiron. I'd say Carpe Donut is a good contender, however their truck is not dependably in the neighborhood, nor close to where we lunch. Come park yourself close to 5th Avenue again!

Ed's Lobster Bar

222 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Once in a while (when our office was in the neighborhood)
This technically is not a lunch post, it's a midday snack post. We took a wonderful tour of Donald Judd's home/studio in Soho today, and we realized at the last minute that they allot 90 minutes for it. We had planned to eat something tasty in the neighborhood, but realizing that we might not get to eat until past 3pm, we grabbed a quick sandwich to eat en route. After the tour finished after 60 minutes, our sandwiches only half eaten, and a craving for something thirst quenching, we decided to go for a snack/ or lunch part 2 at Ed's Lobster Bar. We split the plentiful caesar salad and their always wonderful lemonade. Oh and some oysters. A bit of a decadent snack wouldn't you say?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Zero Otto Nove

15 W. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Even though it's a beautiful Monday out there we still were feeling the inability to make the hard decision of where to go for lunch or even what to have so we took a short stroll around the block to our favorite hidden gem of a restaurant, Zero Otto Nove, for our usual meal of salade di tonno and the carmanuccio pizza. As usual, treated liked queens.

Lenwich by Lenny's

16 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
It looks like the name is not the only thing transitioning at Lenny's. As they move to Lenwich by Lenny's, they have transformed the space at 23rd St as well. I don't know if the other locations will or have followed suit, but it was a pleasure to walk into Lenny's last week to pick-up our sandwich. The system is still a little chaotic, but at least the waiting area is brightened, a little larger and definitely a cheerier place to wait.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

JG Melon

1291 Third Ave, NY, NY 10021

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Not in our regular lunching neighborhood but sure wish it were
M. was shocked that I had never had the burger at JG Melon, and when I took that first bite, I too was shocked. It's a New York burger experience like going to Corner Bistro and having a messy one on paper plates. In every bite of the burger at JG Melon I could taste the decades of char that had accumulated on the grill. The crunchy exterior, juicy interior and super soft bun make for a superior burger. Definitely worth going, especially if you're in the 'hood already.

Live Bait

14 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Once in a solid while
Last time the blackened salmon over collard greens at Live Bait took us by surprise. On the second tasting it's firmly moved into a solid meal every once in a while. I wish we could find something else on the veggie side to accompany the salmon entree share. We tried an extra order of collard greens but the side dish doesn't soak the flavors as much as it does under the salmon. And, I even hesitate to say this, but there was actually too much bacon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10019

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Rarely
We tried to have a last minute birthday lunch for M today at the Hudson Hotel but were turned away because of a private party. Which normally would have been whatever, but I actually called yesterday for a reservation and was told they only take reservations for parties over 6 and that at 1pm I should have NO PROBLEM. NO PROBLEM AT ALL. Probably that could have been a true statement if they weren't closed for a private party. I was so annoyed I decided not to speak until we sat down to an actual lunch, many minutes later at Landmarc. Where we all had terribly dressed salads. Wimpy and barely dressed, we left half the promising chopped salad on the plate. Maggie did very much enjoy the lardons in her frisee though. All in all an epic birthday lunch fail except for the very lovely company of M and her gal pals.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hill Country BBQ, chocolate chip cookie

30 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: A - Excellent
Visits: As much as we can
You know Hill Country BBQ has this funny ticket system, where the hostess gives you a paper ticket and you have to present it at the various stations. When you leave, the cashier tallies and rings you out. It is a really great system when you're having a huge office lunch with lots of people and everyone wants different things but no one wants to get stuck with someone else's indulgences. It's not so awesome when you just want a chocolate chip cookie. Which we stop by often for. Today the hostess led us over to the dessert station, went behind to get us a cookie while we stared in awe at the tray filled with the most beautiful chocolate chip cookies. Normally there is a jar behind the cashier so we don't get the full effect but we were drooling.

Bombay Sandwich Co.

48 W. 27th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
The lentil bowl is still good at the Bombay Sandwich Co., though the board says "French lentils" and online says "Yellow lentils". You can clearly see which it was. Me personally I have a slight preference for the brown ones but don't mind the yellow either.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tarallucci e Vino, peach danish

15 E. 18th St, NY 10003

Rating: C - Average
Visits: Once in a while
We walked over to Tarallucci for dessert and were disappointed to see the bar emptied of sweets but as M. had already committed to walking through the front door to check, the hostess assured us there were still desserts to be had, though none were in sight. And sure enough, the server pulled out trays and trays of pastries from behind the bar to show us.


8 W 18th St, NY , NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
For no particular reason, I'm sure, we usually get sat in the back or upstairs at Ootoya. Today we were upfront, just behind the bar, where I feel they always like to put the Asian ladies who come dine with their adorable little pudge face babies.

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

174 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Not as often as we should be going.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are meatloaf days at Eisenberg's. Truthfully it could be the best diner meatloaf out there but it would just make us miss The Stage's meatloaf. And speaking of The Stage, they only need a small handful more of donations to help out with the fees it is costing them to try and reopen. Donate here. It's a worthy cause, if only for the pierogi's alone. #savenyc

rice krispies treats

Rating: A - Excellent
I wonder, is it possible to make a bad batch of rice krispies treats?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Old Town

45 E. 18th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
We love Old Town. Our meal of hot dogs and chili is also pretty much the precise opposite of the meal we had at Haven's Kitchen the day before.