Mildly Funny Midtown Pics, Midtown Links and the end of the week wrap up…

October 27, 2006

I thought the Tuck Shop had fallen prey to some teenage prank when I spotted their sign walking home from work the other day:

But they must have done it on purpose- because it was still there a few days later.  I don’t know if this is some sort of an Aussie joke, or they just did it for the attention… but apparently worked- because here I am posting about it  (they do make delicious pies… if you haven’t had them, you should check it out.  Damnit!  I just plugged them… stupid Aussies and their clever marketing ploys.)

I also saw this on 45th street btw. 5+6th the other day:

I thought it was pointing out a restaurant with rats… but I think it’s just some union thing, because the rat was pointing at a construction site.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if the NYC Health Department just put gigantic blow up rats in front of restaurants with failed inspections (rather then those stupid yellow notices).  Speaking of those notices… we read on Eater last night that the eagerly anticipated Sushi of Gary 46 (on 46th btw. 8th & 9th) must have failed it’s final inspection and has delayed it’s opening by a day.  Don’t everyone rush over there all at once tonight…

More links to Midtown stuff you definitely want to know about… including 117 stories about the ladies of the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, all after the jump:

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Last Chance for Huaraches… Midtown Links… and the end of the week wrap up

October 20, 2006

Sometimes on Fridays I like to recommend a place for lunch outside of Midtown for people looking for a weekend excursion.  The kind of place you wished you worked next to…  (A few weeks ago, it was Otafuku in the East Village).   So many people complain about not being able to find good Mexican food in New York City, and while Pampano Taqueria is ok, it’s far from being a foodie destination.  My new mecca for Central & South American food in NYC is the Ballfields in Red Hook… a line of stands circling a soccer field, serving amazing, freshly made food from Mexico, El Salvador, Columbia, and Ecuador (just to name a few of the countries represented.)  Originally set up just to feed hungry ball players, it has now become a genuine food destination for huaraches (pictured below), ceviche, pupusas, tacos, tamales, empenadas, roasted corn (drenched in butter, cheese and red chili pepper), and so much more. 

I mention it, because according to one of the vendors, this weekend is the last weekend before most of the stalls pack up for the winter… a few will remain, but this is your last chance to get the full on experience. 

More info, and directions to the Ballfields, PLUS Midtown links about stuff you’ll definitely want to know about, and the end of the week wrap up- after the jump…

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First Look: Kyotofu, Midtown Links & the end of the week wrap up…

October 13, 2006

It’s not exactly Midtown Lunch, but I couldn’t help myself with this one…  In the September 18 issue of New York Magazine my interest was totally piqued by the recommendation Kyotofu, a new Midtown West located, “Japanese dessert bar designed by the same Japanese architect who did Jewel Bako and Momofuku.  Share the saffron- sake-poached-pear tartlets and yuzu-citrus-tofu cheesecake.” 

A week and a half later, on September 28th, Time Out New York got into the action printing a recommendation of Kyotofu as well… the “Japan pastry chain that has just opened its first New York (and U.S.) location.”  Naturally I was really excited for the prospect of a Japanese bakery opening in Hell’s Kitchen, the western border of Midtown (and the area I live in).   Only one problem… the place hasn’t even opened yet.  Despite being recommended by two magazines in the past month (one of which specifically said it was open), here’s a picture of Kyotofu taken last night:

Don’t these people go to a place before writing about them???  How do they know what the pear tartlet tastes like?  (It is a chain with locations in Kyoto and Tokyo, but what is  more likely?  The writer visited Japan, and ate the recommended dessert- or just decided to trust the PR material announcing the opening of the New York location.)  Anyway, I’m still excited- and Kyotofu is supposed to be opening sometime in October.  Thanks to a tear in the paper in the window, I got a shot of the inside.

The picture of Kyotofu inside, links about Midtown stuff you definitely want to know about, PLUS the end of the week wrap up, after the jump…

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Cafe Duke Redux… Midtown Links… and the end of the week wrap up!

October 6, 2006

For most people who work in Midtown, lunch is dictated by laziness.  More then two blocks away?  Forget it!  Plus, if you go with co-workers you all have to agree on a place.  So, you probably eat at the same place multiple times a week, occasionally branching out so you don’t get too sick of eating the same sandwich or salad every day.  For me, it’s a little different.  I write this blog… so I try to go to new places every single week.  Well, Wednesday I visited an old favorite.  When I first wrote about Cafe Duke I spotlighted the Bulgogi.  Today… meet the Bi Bim Bap.


It’s a cold version, but still pretty good- and reasonably healthy, especially compared to the Bulgogi.  Plus it comes with rice, and kimchee- and if you get the beefbi bim bap, you’re essentially getting a little of the bulgogi as the “beef” part.  Not bad, and once you smear the sweet red chili paste everywhere- it’s all delicious.  PLUS, I saw a new sign for some daily specials they just started serving. 

The new Cafe Duke Specials, Midtown Links about stuff you definitely need to know about, plus the end of the week wrap up- after the jump…

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Hawaiian Tropic, 7 Square, Midtown Links and the end of the week wrap up…

September 22, 2006

I’ve received a lot of emails asking me to recommend nicer restaurants in Midtown for client lunches, and even client dinners.  Clearly these people haven’t read my thoughts on all you can eat buffets, and not wanting to spend $12 on a hamburger lunch.  I’m clearly not going to any fancy lunches… and lord knows the company I work for would never trust me with anything resembling a client.  But there is a lot written about Midtown eating, so- every Friday I will start posting info and links abuot places and news in Midtown that you might be interested in….

The brand new Hawaiian Tropic Zone had it’s grand opening party/fashion show/close down 7th ave. because there are girls sitting on beach chairs in the sand and everybody wants to stop and take pictures, gala event.  If you haven’t heard about this new place, think Hooters meets Ruby Foo’s.  From the looks of the picture above, it seems like Chef David Burke’s menu is clearly going to be the main draw.  New York Times  reported that they were opening to the public yesterday, and Eater claims September 30th.  We’ve heard it’s actually October 2nd.  Mark your calendars boys!

If you are looking for an expensive lunch, and your client is not interested in waitresses in bikinis, one avenue away, 7 Square actually did open yesterday.  As you can see the crowds weren’t as large as the Hawaiian Tropic Zone (maybe they should re-think the whole ‘no watiresses with bikinis’ thing).  Described as an “American Chophouse“, the lunch menu and dinner menu are pretty much the same, with a few lunch-y items during the day, like the 7 Square Hamburger ($13) and the Niman Ranch Hanger Steak Sandwich ($18).

But wait there’s more- Midtown Links to stuff you’re going to want to know- after the jump…

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