Bamn!opened this week. Have you heard of this place? It’s an old school automat, but with new school food (and design). You go in, drop your money in the slot, open the compartment, and remove your food. Bite size burgers, pizza, chicken fingers, mac & cheese croquettas, hot dogs, and (one of my person favorites) pork buns. Man do I wish I worked in the East Village right now.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of lunch places in other areas that I wish I worked near. It’s a severe case of lunch envy… Sure, I have Oms/b now- but it doesn’t cover up the jealousy I feel towards those who get to work near the new Momofuku Saam bar. To think, that for some people, this is their Chipotle- makes me want to cry.
But that’s ok. That’s what long weekends are for… so in that spirit, here’s some pictures of one of my favorite lunch places, outside of Midtown- that I really wish I worked near….
Pictures and the wrap up, after the jump…
OTAFUKU, 236 E. 9th St. (btw. 2nd & 3rd)
Takoyaki… airy fried dough balls, each stuffed with a little piece of octopus. Covered in a special sauce, drizzled with mayo (not pictured above), and covered in bonito flakes. (Not a big octopus fan? You can get them plain or stuffed with cheese as well.)
Yakisoba. It’s best to order this on top of the Okonomiyaki (the fried Japanese pancake), but alone these noodles with seafood are perfectly delicious. (And the iced barley tea is good too!)
What better way to spend your Labor Day Weekend than eating that great lunch you can’t get in Midtown. It won’t make the lunch envy disappear (the deliciousness of the food might even make the jealousy more intense)… but it is certainly healthier then sitting in your cube staring longingly at pictures like the ones above. (You know you’re doing it right now…)
Feel free to post your favorite lunch places outside of Midtown in the comments section below… but only the ones that would make you consider switching jobs. Maybe it will help you to free yourself from the chains of this envy… if not, at least you’ll find comfort in knowing that we are all surrounded by those who long for a better lunch, in a different neighborhood.
Enjoy the long weekend…