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Lunch Today: Roast Pork at Big Wong King

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 5 comments

For $5.25 you get a generous portion of chopped roast meat over rice, tender with creamy fat and a hint of caramelization around the edges. More

Lunch Today: Curry Mixed Vegetable Casserole In Clay Pot From Nyonya

Lunch Today J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

There's plenty of great food at Nyonya, the Malaysian restaurant right below our office, but not much of it is vegetarian friendly. Even their vegetable dishes seem to come with salted fish or shrimp paste by default. But this excellent Mixed Vegetable Curry is an exception. More

Aux Epices, New Malaysian Homestyle Cooking in Chinatown

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 4 comments

We were crestfallen when we saw that Bluebird Sky, our friendly neighborhood coffee shop, lunch spot, and meeting space, had closed. But a new nice-ish spot has opened in its place, and it's serving homestyle Malaysian food we'd be happy to eat again. A couple dishes after the jump. More

Lunch Today: Mafalde alla Bolognese at Giovanni Rana in Chelsea Market

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This pasta to-go comes is generously portioned and all-around a winner, given the high quality homemade pasta and its $8 pricetag. More

Lunch Today: Ca Kho To (Caramel Fish) at Pho Grand

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Catfish isn't really lunch routine—even less so in Chinatown where it's hardly common—but this Ca Kho To (Caramel Fish, $9.95) at Pho Grand fits the bill surprisingly well. More

Lunch Today: Dumplings and Dry Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce at Lam Zhou

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 2 comments

This East Broadway noodle shop does a broth-free bowl of noodles well worth ordering, along with some of my favorite dumplings in Chinatown. More

Paris Sandwich Becomes Paris Restaurant, a Solid Cheap Option on Mott Street

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 2 comments

You may remember Paris Sandwich in Chinatown from our Manhattan banh mi tasting, where its pre-made and reheated sandwiches came in last place. With a redundant store nearby on Grand Street, the Mott Street location transformed itself into a full-service restaurant where sub-$10 satisfy and then some. More

Lunch Today: Eggplant in Garlic Sauce at Shanghai 456

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 1 comment

The lunch specials at Shanghai 456 aren't that different than elsewhere in Chinatown, but they're much higher quality. I suspect the Eggplant in Garlic Sauce will become a new personal go-to while lunching in the area. More

Lunch Today: Soups at Nyonya

Lunch Today Carey Jones 2 comments

With the arrival of fall and the occasional chilly, gloomy day, we've been looking for 1. warming, soothing lunch options that 2. don't make us stray far from our office. So the soups at Nyonya, right downstairs, start sounding pretty appealing. More

Lunch Today: Veal Heart Anticuchos at Morocho

Lunch Today Sam Levison 1 comment

The Anticuchos, veal heart skewers on a bed of Peruvian corn and lettuce at Morocho are filling but not too heavy, a perfect summertime lunch. More

Lunch Today: Shredded Pork and Preserved Cabbage Rice Cakes at Shanghai Asian Cuisine

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Don't expect smoky wok hei flavors here; instead look for light, tender, slightly sweet rice cakes fragrant with mild pickled cabbage and punctuated by quiet bites of pork and mushroom. Kudos to any restaurant that can make a plate of pasta, pork, and oil taste restorative. More

Lunch Today (Hangover Helper Edition): Huevos con Machaca at Pinche Taqueria

Lunch Today Carey Jones Post a comment

I'll just go ahead and say that everyone should have a place that delivers massive piles of eggs, beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions, with rice, beans, and tortillas, for less than six dollars. More

Lunch Today: Roast Pork over Rice at Hing Won

Lunch Today Sam Levison 4 comments

Head to Hing Won for a salty, meaty, and porky Midtown lunch sure to satisfy. More

Lunch Today: Tokyo Fried Chicken at YaYa Tea Garden

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 6 comments

We came to YaYa Tea Garden for its well crafted onigiri, but we keep coming back for its Tokyo Fried Chicken ($4.95). More

Lunch Today: Pork, Shrimp, and Watercress Wontons at Tasty Dumpling

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 1 comment

The wontons at Tasty Dumpling are made with the same ridiculously juicy pork that goes into their potstickers, but crisp-tender shrimp and bright greens make the texture and flavor light and plenty interesting. More

Lunch Today: Grilled Shrimp Sugarcane Skewers at Xe Lua

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So the real name of this dish on the Vietnamese restaurant Xe Lua is Banh Hoi Salad Voi Chao Tom Nuong ($12). If that doesn't quite roll off the tongue, how about this: finely ground spiced shrimp wrapped around sugar cane and cooked on the grill. It's served with little nests of rice noodles, herbs and pickled vegetables, rice paper sheets which you soften in a bowl of hot water, and lettuce. It's a slightly ridiculous table-hogging assortment of food, but it's also one of the best renditions of Vietnamese sugar cane skewered meat I've had in New York. More

Lunch Today: Tofu with Dry Fresh Garlic at Hop Shing

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 1 comment

You may know this place as "The Chatham Square restaurant next to the more famous Chatham Square." And I'll admit that were 6 Chatham Square not closed for renovations, I never would have stepped into Hop Shing next door. The place looks like its last redesign was in the 70's and they stopped halfway, but it's a charming (in its own way) little spot with some surprising bites if you're lucky. More

Lunch Today: Pikilia from Souvlaki GR

Lunch Today Niki Achitoff-Gray Post a comment

The pikilia ($12) includes a choice of four of their five dips (greatly improved odds in my book), along with hand-cut fries and pita bread. The fries are just the right amount of greasy, with nice browned bits here and there. They're also beautifully seasoned with oregano, so you can still feel sophisticated while shoveling them into your mouth by the handful. The pita gets major points for achieving a slightly crisp crust that gives way to a soft, warm, doughy interior. It's the perfect vessel for the gems of the meal: taramasalata, hummus, melitzanosalata, and tzatziki. More

Lunch Today: Bean Jelly with Special Sauce at Chong Qing Hot Pot in Flushing's New World Mall

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 3 comments

I'm not sure what's meant by special sauce, but from what I've observed it's a blend of eight or so components ladled with methodical precision over floppy prisms of cool bean jelly. Chile oil, roasted chile, and a hint of Sichuan peppercorns dominate the dish, but the cold bean jelly really takes ma-la to the next level. The jelly is cool, clean, and incredibly refreshing, but when set against the fiery chile and numbing peppercorns it sends your taste buds into a 404 error. Something this hot and spicy just shouldn't taste so light and ethereal. But it does, and it puts out the fire just long enough to go for another bite. And another. And another. More

Lunch Today: Loukaniko at Souvlaki GR

Lunch Today Max Falkowitz 1 comment

The loukaniko ($10) at Souvlaki GR is worthy champion of the loukaniko tradition. Pick your seasoning—orange or leek (we went with the former)—and get ready for a hulking plate of crisp, sliced sausage and plenty of fries. A side of tzatziki for dipping is a must. Take note that loukaniko is supposed to be a little dry and granular, but that just means it's more meaty than fatty. And a little cured meat funky in the best of ways. More

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