Tag Archives: Midtown

Ramen Reminder.

Hey, remember our ramen obsession? Rest assured that it’s still going strong. Fear of sounding like a broken record has kept me from reporting on every bowl of noodles I eat, but this one deserves a mention.

Though Ippudo is still my hands-down favorite, 15-month-old Totto is just a couple of blocks from the office and ideal for a quick, indulgent lunch. Buyer beware, though: Much like Ippudo, Totto has its own rabid following—go solo, during off-peak hours, for the least frustrating experience. After a ten-minute wait on a recent (very cold) afternoon, I snagged a seat at the counter and watched the staff torch slices of pork belly and stir steaming vats of broth until my soup arrived.

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Sandwich Spotlight: Margon.

The Subject: Cubano, from Midtown lunch counter Margon.

My first job in New York, as many have been since, was in Midtown, on the periphery of Times Square—a neighborhood I quickly learned to loathe. It’s a toss-up which grated more: The slow-moving groups of tourists, meandering four-abreast down the street, gawking at the sights, or the overpriced-yet-mediocre cookie-cutter midday-meal options, which, no matter the ingredients, all manage to taste pretty much the same. As this was before there was an entire website devoted to avoiding just such establishments, I’d almost resigned myself to a spate of uninspired ten-dollar lunches when a coworker (and Miami transplant) introduced me to blink-and-you-miss-it Margon. Happiness—and weight gain—ensued.

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The Not-So-Great Outdoors.

Nothing says summer in New York like a plethora of new outdoor-drinking establishments. It was hard to decide which to try first, but when I saw this Serious Eats slideshow, promising crunchy, juicy Thai fried chicken and Eastern European sausages of various persuasions, I moved BeerParc to the top of the list.

Though the companion article to the slideshow billed the space as an “outdoor extension” of FoodParc (the food court on the ground floor of Midtown’s Eventi Hotel), I was completely unprepared to find myself drinking beer in what amounted to a mid-block passageway. This did not bode well.

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Friday Five: Danji Dishes.

When Jill and I declared this Korean Week at IF, that was in part because I’d just heard about the Taste of Korea NYC truck‘s month of free eats. Each week has a different theme, and this week, those kind folks were giving away sliders created by the chef at Danji, a restaurant, as you may recall, I’ve been dying to try. I would’ve jumped on the opportunity in a heartbeat, but travel complications, work obligations, and line-length apprehension—New Yorkers love not paying for things, so the queues for this kind of event can be out of control—got in the way.

But we’d promised, dear readers, a week of Korean coverage, and what else is a dedicated blogger to do but suck it up and eat some food? I roped in a friend for an impromptu dinner at Danji proper, and, as an added bonus, got to cross a restaurant off my list in the process. Today’s Friday Five comes with a special bonus entry; below the jump, six tasty plates await.

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Paté Tuesday.

The first time I had paté was right after college, during the inaugural Itinerant Foodies adventure.

We were somewhere in Spain, shopping for picnic fixings—I distinctly remember using my limited Spanish to ask one of the grocers where the cheaper products were—when one of our new Australian friends dropped a small container into our basket. I’m not sure if I knew then that paté was made from liver, and I surely don’t recall the setting for our al fresco lunch. Those details are obscured by the more important ones: a chunk of crackly, warm baguette cautiously topped with a thin layer of spread, that eye-opening first bite, then seconds, thirds, and fourths with progressively generous helpings of the funky, earthy, heavenly stuff.

I was hooked.

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That elemental experience, with its refrigerated-food-aisle offerings and plastic utensils, informed many that followed, but it was a far cry from the most recent.

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