lunch Archive

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

shoyu ramen

Late last year, Gotham West Market opened on super super west side of Manhattan (oh dude what a walk from the A/C train). It’s basically a big food court like space with food “stalls” from The Cannibal, Little Chef (from Caroline Fidanza owner of Saltie), Court Street Grocers, etc and The Brooklyn Kitchen for your kitchen supply needs. Though one of the more anticipated opening was Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. From what I have read online, Ivan Orkin is suppose to be a genius at ramen making and for him to be popular in Japan that’s a pretty huge deal.

There was so much hype for this place. Check out what Howard and I thought about the ramen.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich: Joseph Leonard

Joseph Leonard

Clay (aka Ultraclay) pointed me to the fried chicken sandwich at Joseph Leonard a while back. He told me he had a hard time picking his favorite fried chicken sandwich. It came down to Allswell and Joseph Leonard. So as a curious eater, I had to check it out sooner than later.

Joseph Leonard has been on my “to-go” list for a while now but like so many places, I just never got around to it. And so this is why I’m glad I’m doing this project. Trying out new places, new fried chicken dishes, new experiences. Cause of this project I was able to cross this place off my list.

They only serve the fried chicken sandwich during lunch, brunch and late night hours. I had a free day on a random Friday and decided to check it out.

Even at 11:30am the place was nearly packed. I grabbed a seat at the counter (lovely space and light!) and ordered a beer and the fried chicken sandwich. For $14, the sandwich came with mayo, tobasco, honey, bread and butter cucumbers and served with a side of chips. This was one awesome sandwich and totally understand why Clay would have a hard time deciding. I especially love the mayo, spicy, and sweet combination. I’m having a hard time deciding which sandwich is better also but does that matter? Why can’t we have 2 favorite chicken sandwiches?

Though, I do prefer fries over chips.

Joseph Leonard 170 Waverly Pl, West Village

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.

Fried Chicken Sandwich: Behind The Scenes At Allswell

Allswell

On Monday I posted Allswell’s crispy chicken sandwich, which is currently my favorite fried chicken sandwich (do you have a favorite chicken sandwich?).

I also got a chance to spend some time in the kitchen with Nate Smith while he was preparing and cooking my sandwich. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump!

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Another Perfect Lunch on Fire Island

soba salad

You may remember that in 2012 the best meal I ate all year was the lunch I had with my friends Jeff & Eva when I went to visit them out on Fire Island. I went out again this year, and once again we had a perfect lunch. One of the things I liked most about this lunch (besides the fact that it was delicious) was that it was such a weird mix of ingredients, but they all worked together. After the soba noodles were cooked Eva rinsed them to cool them off, then mixed them with lettuce, raw chopped carrots and tomatoes, some goat cheese, a simple vinaigrette, and a few chopped hard-boiled eggs. This was all tossed together until the cheese and dressing coated the noodles. Then she added a chopped avocado and tossed again, letting the avocado coat the noodles as well. A little bit of salt and pepper, and the salad was done. The balance of textures and flavors was spot on, and the salad was perfect for a hot summer day. Thanks to Jeff & Eva, for another great meal and another great day!

Weekday Brunch At Allswell

Lunch Allswell

I like brunch but hate the crowd and the wait time, so it’s a good thing Allswell does weekday brunch. Unlike their dinner menu, which changes daily, their brunch pretty much stays the same. There’s something wonderful about leisurely strolling into a restaurant, sit down and leisurely eat your lunch and maybe drink three cocktails (which I did).

The biscuits with sausage gravy and fried eggs was excellent. I usually tend to stay away from biscuits and gravy because I’m afraid it’ll get too heavy in my stomach. But Allswell does it really good and it was quite light. I think I needed an extra biscuit to mop up ALL the gravy.

Lunch Allswell
I even got to taste their housemade chicken dogs which they serve during their late night hours. This made a perfect late night snacks, wash it down with a pint!

- Allswell 124 Bedford Ave. Williamsburg

Lunch At Motorino

Motorino

You know what? Lunch is awesome. Lunch is a lot more calmer and quieter than dinner and brunch. A lot of times, you can seated right away for lunch AND some times restaurants will have great lunch deals. Like at Motorino with their $12 lunch prix fixe menu.

For $12, you get a pretty darn good mixed salad and your choice of pizzas (margherita, Brussels sprout, soppressata picante and marinara). I have heard much great things about their Brussels sprout pizza (it was also topped with fior di latte, garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta and olive oil) so I got that also cause I love Brussels sprouts on pizza. The crust was great, the fior di latte was creamy and you can’t beat the combo of Brussels sprouts and bacon. Add a few dashes of chili flakes and you’re good to go.

Motorino 349 East 12th St, East Village

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

Mighty Quinn's BBQ Pulled Pork

If you’ve been a regular at Smorgasburg then I’m sure you know about Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and the crazy long line of people waiting for their delicious meat. I got lucky once and went early enough with only a handful of people in line. Their meat is definitely good but oh hey they have a spot now in the East Village that will make getting their tasty bbq a whole lot easier.

Many have told me that their brisket was only okay so I decided to get the pulled pork. For about $8, you get a massive amount of pork, topped with bbq sauce and comes with cole slaw and one veg side (I opted for the pickled onions). This was one serious sandwich. Tender juicy pork overflowing out of the bun (is it okay to have wanted two thick slices of Texas toast instead?) and wash everything down with a root beer. Oh yeah.

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque 103 2nd Ave at 6th St, East Village NYC