Friday, July 31, 2015

Rubirosa, with Urban Omnibus

235 Mulberry St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Oldie but goodie
You might have noticed some sporadic posting lately and it's true, we're having a lazy summer which is turning into a complete break for August. We'll see what September brings, but in the meantime have a great summer! I hope it's filled with warm evenings and hot beach days.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oreo Thins

Rating: A - Excellent
Visits: First taste
A couple weeks ago I saw something on a twitter feed about getting a sample pack of Oreo Thins and we jumped on it. Oreo Thins are basically the Oreo's M. dreamed of as a kid. As adults we find them sophisticated and just lovely. They feel crunchier than regular size Oreos and the little bit of cream feels like a nice touch. Fan!

BXL Zoute w/Sandra

50 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Once in a while
We encountered a piece of hair in our food today, but the staff was super gracious about it and acted appropriately so I think we all walked out feeling satisfied. The steak frites was better than usual also.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Green Tea Mille Crepe from Lady M

36 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018

Rating: B - Above Average
Visits: Rarely
A stop at Lady M Confections is a special treat, an expensive one at that, but hard to resist when you walk by one of their locations. The last few times we've strayed from our favorite Lady M Mille Crepe cake, and I think we should go back to it. Though I'd be perfectly willing to try thisthis and this, all of which the Japanese versions are hard to find in the States.

Friday, July 24, 2015


2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Rare
When our last visit was a disaster, Maialino, graciously sent us a gift card inviting us to come back. We very much appreciated the gesture, and were happy to make another trip on this gorgeous summer day. While we don't want to dismiss the good food and warm atmosphere, we were yet again not impressed with the service. We opted for the 3 course prix-fixe and while they very promptly cleared our plates, silverware for the next course was brought out 3 minutes later, another 10 minutes passed before the pastas came out. Biscotti was brought out at least 3 minutes after the espressos (where you start worrying that your espressos will be cold). It's a place to have a leisurely lunch for sure, but the timing is just off, and it's not like the place was noticeably understaffed. I don't think we would swear off going there again, but perhaps not when you are hungry or trying to maximize the time spent with your dining companion.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from City Bakery

3 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visits: Once in a while for dessert
We don't really get why this place continues to be so popular. And the last few times the place has smelled like a wet mop. No matter, their cookies are good, and today the oatmeal raisin is better than usual, thanks to its extra oaty crunchy chewy texture.

Ridgeway Diner

664 Avenue of the Americas

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Once in a while
We both had the lamb gyros today, and they were soo good!  The meat was piping hot dripping with juicy grease, the pita fresh and the tzatziki just tangy enough. We've always liked this place although it's generally off our radar. At least after today, we think we should be coming here more often. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sala One Nine

35 W. 19th St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Not as often as we should be.
I don't know why we don't have lunch at Sala One Nine more often. M. had, and loved, the lunch special consisting of a bowl of gazpacho, half a BLT and a bit of salad. I always get the lomo because I find pork loin sandwiches impossible to resist. Everything was tasty, down to the perfectly dressed sides of salad. The thing to watch is the servers who are way busier chatting with the kitchen at the pick up window than paying attention to the floor. We had to do some serious hand waving for service, but to fair we were also in a bit of a rush. In short, go for good food, do not go for efficient service.


37 W. 32nd St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Once in a awhile
It's hard not to want cold noodles in our city's current state of heat and humidity. Shilla is a strange sort of place, rather empty with a worn down decor. Their menu is extensive though, Junkip style extensive. Which means M. could satisfy a naengmyun craving and I could have whatever the hell else I could have possibly desired.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Park Avenue Summer, with Liz and Peter

360 Park Ave S, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visits: First Time
Time for our bi-annual lunch with Liz and Peter! M. and I had been to Park Avenue Summer back when they opened in the Upper East Side but we hadn't yet gone to the newly opened location further downtown. It's a beautiful space, I am definitely tempted to go back in its next season's incarnation. The food was absolutely fantastic, everything we had was spot on. If you're looking for a quiet and upscale spot, this is where to go.


11 W. 29th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Regularly
Everything about Chandni makes us happy, including the fact that we sat at a table for 10 minutes waiting for a friend to show up with nary a comment from anyone working there. I wonder how long we could have sat there without ordering from the buffet counter?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Birreria @ Eataly

200 Fifth Ave, 14th Flr, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visits: Only when we're feeling fancy
We absolutely love the atmosphere of Birreria with its grand moving roof panels, letting everything of the sky flood in. We do not love the fancy prices for the teeny tiny portions of salad, though we are willing to overlook that once in awhile for a delicious and transporting lunch. But today we especially did not appreciate paying $18 for a porchetta sandwich that was all fat, no exaggeration. I don't know if it was meant to be that way but then they should probably call it a pig fat sandwich and not porchetta. We poked at it for awhile, hoping to discover even the smallest portion of meat, but to failed miserably.

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?