Showing posts with label Soho. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soho. Show all posts

Monday, August 25, 2014

Once Upon a Tart, RIP

135 Sullivan St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: The last
In brief: Change happens to everyone and everything and even neighborhood institutions like Once Upon a Tart are not immune to rising rents.
08-25 cookiebits
We stopped by this weekend, me and my sister, to have one last roast pork loin sandwich from Once Upon a Tart on its last day in Soho or elsewhere. The mood was melancholy but sweet. I picked up a handful of cookies and have been slowly munching on nostalgia these past couple of days.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Taras Bulba

357 W Broadway, NY, NY 10013

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: If you're looking for kitchy traditional Ukranian dining, you might check out Taras Bulba. The menu is more than just pierogis and borscht.
05-16 Taras Bulba
05-16 Taras Bulba
I really love potato salads or any salads with chunky bits slathered in mayonnaise. We each tried a different lunch special consisting of a little salad, a soup and a plate of rice and meat. It's a pretty filling lunch for $20.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 3
In brief: We never came here when our office was in the neighborhood, so why would I come now? Because there's really nothing else around to grab a quick lunch.
04-03 Olive's
I had a showroom to visit around the corner, and I was really trying to get back to the office as soon as possible, so while part of me wanted to lazily wonder the streets of Soho and have a nice relaxing lunch, I opted for a quick one instead.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bottega Falai

267 Lafayette St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 7
In brief: If the bread is fresh, the sandwich is stellar. If the bread is less than fresh, the sandwich is nice, but not fantastic.
02-17 Bottega Falai
I had a crazy morning where, for the period of an hour or so, I was frantically trying to track down my laptop left in a tote bag in the back of a taxi. In the midst of filing a lost property claim, a girl called and said she had my bag. She had gotten into the taxi after me and couldn't bear that I was without something so important. Elated, I rushed down to Soho for my laptop in the hands of a good Samaritan and stopped to pick up sandwiches from Bottega Falai for M. and I. The first couple times we ate here the freshness of the bread wowed us, but it hasn't come back up to snuff.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Once Upon a Tart, with sister Thu

09-23 Once Upon a Tart
It was a little chilly for salads yesterday but it's hard to resist the Once Upon a Tart roasted pork loin sandwich, accompanied by side salads. Today I am thinking of my sister telling me of the broken car alarm that has been going off non-stop for two weeks in front of her apartment because I am trying to listen to the new Neko Case album over the sound of a jackhammer outside. Instead the clashing sounds are giving me a headache.
Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan St, NY, NY 10012 (btwn Prince and Houston)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Once Upon a Tart, with Thu

05-14 Once Upon a Tart
After a crushingly disappointing meeting with a plan examiner at the DOB not really interested in helping forward a project along, I walked up to west Soho to meet a sister for lunch at Once Upon a Tart. We wholly satisfied ourselves with a shared lunch of potato garlic soup, cucumber salad and our ever favorite roast loin pork sandwich, happily restored to its original sandwich bread.
Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan St, NY, NY 10012 (btwn Prince and Houston)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Antojeria La Popular, with Greg & Hong

12-06 Antojeria La Popular
12-06 Antojeria La Popular
One day there was nothing below the nail salon on Spring St, and the next day I noticed some striking decor and the word TAPAS everywhere. The name, Antojeria La Popular, is unwieldy and the logo difficult to decipher, but the interior is inviting and the menu features an array of little plates from ceviche to vegetarian, seafood and meat tostadas. The ceviche course was all lime with a touch of fish, the seafood course our favorite and the meat ones ordinary, even the cricket tostada that Greg tried. Dessert is included in the lunch prix fixe but popsicles, no matter how refreshing, are a little too chilly for me on a winter's day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Boqueria Soho

12-05 Boqueria

This morning I took the C train and Game of Thrones to Cathedral Parkway at 110th Street, had a quick 10 minute meeting and got back on the train with my book, all the way back down, down, down and across to Waverly Ave in Bed-Stuy. By the time I arrived back in my corner of the world at Spring St, I was hungry and cold. Poor me I ducked into the Boqueria Soho for a tasty meal of lamb skewers and patatas bravas minus the spinach that I canceled because for reasons unknown it still hadn't come out 15 minutes after I had already been eating.
Boqueria Soho, 171 Spring St, NY, NY 10012 (btwn Thompson and Broadway)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Halal Cart

11-28 Halal Cart
I had grand plans to pick up a light but satisfying banh mi for lunch but goddamn the alluring scent of halal street carts. I walked out of the uptown 6 train at Spring Street and there it was, daring me to stop and partake. So I did, of course.
Halal Food Cart, south east corner of Spring and Lafayette, NY, NY 10012

Friday, November 9, 2012


71 Spring St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 2
In brief: Utterly reliable, the proportions are almost as regular as Subway and the lines move fast.
11-09 Chipotle
I had the oddest craving for a Chipotle salad this afternoon. Not like I eat them all the time or have some childhood nostalgia, but sometimes there is something particular about certain fast foods (haha the preservatives maybe) like the Italian combo at Subway or the french fries at Macdonald's that cannot be replicated anywhere else. I wish I had known the downstairs dining room would be freezing though because I could have put off that craving for somewhere warmer.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

12 Chairs, with Charlie and Thu

11-08 12 Chairs
The marvelous thing about having a Lunch blog is that is makes M. and I feel slightly less creepy for making lunch dates with near strangers. Though my lunch friend today was not such a stranger since he joined our book club 6 months ago. My sister Thu came too so we could talk about literary pursuits, the best Ted talks and reading of all sorts. 12 Chairs is a good place to take your new vegetarian friends since it boasts a diverse menu of salads, Israeli dishes, all day breakfast and a most delicious mini lamb kebab small plate.
12 Chairs, 56 MacDougal St, NY, NY 10012 (btwn Prince and Houston)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bottega Falai

10-25 Bottega Falai
While Y is jaunting in Pavia, I am running around in a daze, knowing I have a lot of disparate things to take care of. Partly out of jealousy, and partly out of sheer convenience, I stop by Bottega Falai for one of their hot plate specials they have. The girl behind the counter seemed rather confused about the choices, but knew these were filled with potatoes. Sounded good enough to me. It wasn't anything special, but it was just filling enough, and neither here nor there, which is fine thing from time to time. I'm certain though that my other lunching half is eating better Italian food, and that's something I need to come to terms with.
Bottega Falai, 267 Lafayette St, NY, NY 10012 (below Prince)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jack's Wife Freda

10-10 Jack's Wife Freda
No one else at Jack's Wife Freda seemed in the least bit affected by the din and racket, but the loudness of the space made my head hurt. Periodically our conversation lapsed into silence from the sheer effort of speaking so loudly. By the end I was begging M. to hurry up so we could leave because it felt like the space around me was shouting so loudly I couldn't hear my own thoughts. A pity because the very affordable ($13!) steak sandwich and fries was, for me, the perfect bit of steak to have for lunch.
Jack's Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette St, NY, NY 10012 (below Spring)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halal Cart at Spring & Lafayette

10-04 Halal Cart
I was feeling down and dirty today so when I walked out of the 6 train Spring Street stop, assailed by the marvelous scent of grilled street meat, I immediately called M. at the office to see if she was down too. The guy went a little crazy on the hot sauce, midway through we were sweating balls. It took a good 20 minutes after lunch before the burn calmed down to a pleasant fire.
Halal Food Cart, south east corner of Spring and Lafayette, NY, NY 10012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cafe Select, with George

09-24 Cafe Select
Our dear friend George, came to meet us at Cafe Select for lunch today so we could enjoy the bright and brisk fall weather over plates of rosti. Between the three of us, we had a fried egg over rosti, scrambled eggs over rosti and an omelette with a side of rosti. I think we had the rosti well covered. When you belong to two book clubs together, there is a lot to talk about, but when you're as lovely a person as George, there is always more conversation to be had.
Cafe Select, 212 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012 (at Kenmare)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ed's Lobster Bar

08-14 Ed's Lobster Bar
Ed's was quiet today, I guess cloudy skies and cool-ish weather doesn't exactly bring lobster rolls to mind. But that's no bother to us. We order three things to share: a lobster roll and bib salad and a lemonade. The food felt not quite up to par as either other times or our memories of other times, but still a pleasant and peaceful meal.
Ed's Lobster Bar, 222 Lafayette St, NY, NY 10012 (below Spring)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Taim Mobile

08-07 Taim Mobile
There is an empty lot on Sixth Avenue, bounded by Grand and Canal that has been temporarily transformed in a very smart way. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council made a deal with the owners to borrow the space while it lies vacant. They call it LentSpace and in it they put trees incubating for placement on city streets, umbrellas, tables, chairs, wooden benches, a little stage and most recently they have invited a series of ever changing food trucks to inhabit lunch time. We went today because the Hudson Sq. Food Truck twitter feed told us that Taim Mobile would be there. The line was long, though it moved quickly, it was still a good 25 minutes from start to eat. No matter, the falafel sandwich was bursting with flavor and surprisingly filling for a $5 meal.
Taim Mobile, Hudson Square Food Trucks at 6th Ave and Canal St, New York, NY 10013

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

4:38pm coconut cookie

08-01 coconut cookie
The oatmeal one looked super tempting but went for the coconut. Love the texture. It's super greasy much like many of the baked goods from City Bakery and Birdbath, but also has the toothsome and hearty texture that is very satisfying.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Souen Soho w/ Edowa

07-31 Souen
Lunch is the perfect venue to catch up with good old friends, except that you might feel you can't linger too long and forget about having to go back to the office; which was certainly the case today. With some dietary restrictions to consider we settled on Souen - a macrobiotic restaurant that's a NYC fixture in the city's health food offerings. We both got the Macro plate (he with an added side of grilled salmon) and we were both super satisfied. While it would drive me nuts to eat so "healthy" at every meal, I sincerely enjoy meals like this too. For me, it's all about variety; there's a place for almost everything in my discerning but undiscriminating belly. Plus we got a good Harvey Keitel sighting!
Souen, 210 Six Avenue, New York, NY 10014 (NE corner of Prince Street)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lure Fishbar, with Harvest

07-26 Lure Fishbar
Nothing like a bed of oysters and lobster and scallop risotto for lunch to fete an office mate's big birthday. Lure Fishbar is one of those fantastic under the radar places that we find ourselves back at time and again. It's great for large groups of friends, consistent food be it scallops or fried fish in a basket and a lively atmosphere. Those guys sure know how to run a solid operation.
Lure Fishbar, 142 Mercer St, NY, NY 10012 (at Prince St)