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Deep in the heart of Midtown, there lies a gem, buried where few are willing to go… alright, maybe that’s not true- it’s just a Cosi, on 48th St. But surprisingly it’s got no sign or awning sticking out- and despite its closeness to 6th avenue you can’t even see the place until you’re right up on it. It’s pretty unassuming, and I’ve got to think alot of people don’t even know it’s there. Even when you walk in front of it, it sort of blends into the building.
I feel like everyone knows Cosi, and it’s silly to write about it- but the other day, when I returned to my desk with a Cosi sandwich, the guy next to me said “What’s that?” “Cosi” I said. “What is it, a falafel or something?”. Yes, people like this do exist. To top it off this “Hidden” Cosi is on the SE corner of 48th & 6th. Our office is on the NW corner and he hadn’t ever even *heard* of Cosi. Pretty unbelievable.
For those of you who rely on this blog for truly hidden gems, and ethnic delights- I apologize, but every once in awhile I gotta throw the normal eaters a bone. So, for those who have not been to Cosi, consider this your intro. It’s not that Cosi is that great… or everybody should know about it- but it’s better then most chain sandwich places, and they owe it all to one thing: the bread.
The bread at Cosi is delicious, and if you go during peak time (i.e. lunch) it’s about as freshly baked as you can get. After spending some time in a wood brick oven, the bread comes out, is sliced, and passed off to be stuffed with the toppings of your choosing- minutes after coming out of the oven. The bread is so good, they give out little hot free samples in a bowl that sits in front of the wood brick oven. It’s a great treat while you wait in line to order- plus there is nothing more fun then watching Midtown suits take two and three pieces of free bread out of the bowl (you know who you are people). Good times. Also, if you haven’t been to Cosi in awhile they’ve added a fresh baked wheat bread option- so now you have the choice between standard or wheat.
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Everyone's prayers have been answered… but mine. They started construction on a new Chipotle right in my building (49th between 6th & 7th), and the office is abuzz. After all, burritos could possibly be the perfect lunch food. A self contained, all inclusive pocket of goodness, that you can eat with your hands… no side dishes necessary (except for some chips to handle the overflow).
Everyone seems pretty excited about the prospect of burritos being just an elevator ride away- but I can't fall into that trap. For me, Chipotle is like a bad Chinese Buffet. I have to go back once every three months, and feel sick, to remind myself why I only go once every three months. See, I distinctly remember what my brain told me the last time I ate Chiptole… "Never eat here again". But that was three months ago, and my burrito starved body is wondering, "Maybe this time it will be different…everyone seems pretty excited… maybe I was wrong about Chipotle."
And of course three months ago was actually a relapse of it's own. A few months before that, I had just moved here from Los Angeles, and tried Chiptole for the first time. My thought… "Never eat here again…" That lasted about two months. Why can't they make a decent burrito in this city!
I'm not saying Chiptole is a terrible burrito… but compared to the Burritos in L.A., they definetely fall short (no one would dispute that). But I'm not even talking about the authentic Burrito shacks… I'm talking about the chains too. Now if a Baja Fresh or Sharky's opened at the bottom of my building, then you'd see some excitement. But alas, there is no Baja Fresh, and we'll just have to settle for Chipotle.
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