Friday, October 21, 2016

Mira Sushi

46 E. 22nd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: When it rains
Mira Sushi is just fine, as it always is. It's most endearing trait for us is it's proximity to the office. Which means on bitterly cold days or torrentially rainy ones, that's where you will find us. Having a just fine lunch. Nothing to write home about.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rosticceria @ Eataly

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visits: Once in a while
It used to be the prime rib sandwich at Eataly filled us with joy but at $14.80 a sandwich and a skimpier portion of meat, it's no longer the delight it once was.

Monday, October 17, 2016


9 West 32nd St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
What we love about Korean dining is the anticipation of banchan at the start of the meal. We're like kids in a candy shop waiting to see what kind of little dishes make the table top array. M. tries something and points emphatically with her chopsticks if it merits trying. I pick another and shake my head don't bother. Today we split a duk mandoo soup and a soondubu jjigae stew and stumbled out into the mid October summer day stuffed to the brim and mindlessly happy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


12 W. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Koa keeps adjusting its lunch menu, but since it gets nicer with more options, we're definitely not complaining. The ramen lunch set we normally get with salad and vegetarian spring rolls now comes a la carte so if you're not especially hungry, or you're especially careful about money, you can have a bowl of ramen on its own. There were a couple different hot soup versions and two dry ramen noodle versions.

Breads Bakery

18 E. 16th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Once in a while
We don't eat at Breads Bakery for lunch all that often, despite their incredible array of baked goods. The eating space can be a crowded and hectic. But once in awhile it's worth going for the delight of the Tunisian sandwich. The spiced tuna on their fabulously fresh bread is pretty to die for.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Via Emilia, with John

47 E. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Regularly
John had to be hard persuaded to order the tagliatelle al ragu that I always get, especially because M. was having it too and that made the same dish for the three of us. Which goes against all sorts of friends ordering rules, especially of the close friends type where the object is to order as many different dishes as possible to get the greatest variety possible. But in the end we prevailed and we all the three of us ate the same comforting ragu lunch.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cafe Hanamizuki

149 W. 29th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Occasionally
This perfect fall weather, crisp and sunny, put us in the mood for a walk and we headed over to an exhibition at FIT called Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe. It's hard to tell how exactly fashion daring the Countess was without context but the dresses on display were incredibly varied from ornate almost Elizabethan to flapper inspired. To go with the inspirational beauty of the Countess, we had lunch at Cafe Hanamizuki for the serenity of their battered white space and perfectly presented lunch trays. It's a nice lunch for us, but I can see how it might not be enough for someone looking for more heartiness.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homes Kitchen

22 E. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
No matter how many times we eat at Homes Kitchen, we are never greeted with a warm smile or cozy hello's. And we are so ok with that. I love the brusqueness of the Chinese waitstaff at Homes, yes bordering on rude if you view it that way. We like to see it as completely straightforward and utterly practical. They take your order, the food comes out, you eat, they whisk away empty plates and bring back a check. No chit chat. Perfect.

Bombay Sandwich Co.

48 W. 27th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Often
Those of you who follow our lunching adventures will know we don't shy away from any type of food, though I have to admit a personal preference for meaty dishes. Until, that is, we discovered the lentil bowl at Bombay Sandwich Co. Even for a habitual meat eater like myself, the lentil bowl is utterly satisfying. The saltiness of the lentils cooked slow and soft over brown rice and complemented with a tart cucumber tomato salad with an apple garlic pickle is just lovely. One of our favorite lunches.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


200 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Often
Man I love the crudo focaccia sandwich at the bakery counter at Eataly. So much that we dove into lunch and didn't stop until M. realized she hadn't taken a photo.

Izakaya Nomad

13 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Regular
Thank goodness the service at Izakaya straightened itself out, because we can now go and enjoy a reasonable ramen bowl with a cute side salad and we don't even have to leave the neighborhood to do so.

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.