Wednesday, October 29, 2014


67 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 4
In brief: The normal hectic of KoFoo was compounded by some bad timing on our part. An enormous takeout order was going out as we arrive so it took forever for the food and they forgot the tofu on M's dish.
10-29 Koo Foo
On the other hand, the bibimbap was really good today. But not enough to like dining in-house there. There is too much jostling and crowdedness to properly enjoy a meal. We're going to have to resort to take out like everyone else.

Belgian Beer Cafe

220 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: Finally open, the European chain, Belgian Beer Cafe, occupies a grand presence at the north-west corner of Madison Sq. Park. It's a beautiful space, open and luxuriously high ceilinged, but accordingly not a cheap place for lunch. A mere sandwich will set you back $14. On the other hand, there is a lot of beer to be had.
10-28 Belgian Beer Cafe
We looked around to a room filled, it seemed, with mostly European tourists, and a handful of work types. The open expanse of east and south facing windows makes for a beautiful dining experience, though on the pricey side. It's almost worth going though, for the bread basket alone.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tres Carnes

688 Sixth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 5
In brief: After a brief closure due to building issues, Tres Carnes is back and as bustling as ever. 10-27 Tres Carnes
There's going to be alot of quick meals virtually on the go this week as two looming deadlines hit us toward the end of this week. And as much as the Flatiron is not great for varied eating, it's really great for fast and decent meals. Here Tres Carnes is back and as it ever was.

Friday, October 24, 2014


680 Sixth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 5
In brief: Not much to say here; it's precisely as you'd expect it to be
10-24 Chipotle
There's something to be said of places where you know what you're going to get. And if you don't overload on it, it can be quite satisfying from time to time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dough - Flatiron

14 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: A - Excellent
In brief: Sweet dear Kim brought us a doughnut from the newly opened Dough a few blocks away in Manhattan.
10-22 dough
We've tried the doughnuts from Dough, and frankly I hadn't fallen in love. That is until today. While the photo is not pretty, it was a yummy in my tummy. And I'm also thankful that Kim brought us the chocolate which we would probably never have bought ourselves, but turns out is the real winner! Everyone needs a Kim in their life!


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.