I’ve met some new friends at work who really enjoy some good food. This is both very great and very, very awful. It is great because I get to hang out with cool new people and savor delicious food pretty much every single day. It’s awful because I spend a buttload of money and I know that I’m eventually going to gain weight from eating like this constantly. I know I have absolutely no trouble eating every single calorie I burn in a day and then some. Balls. Whatever.
Here are some of the best lunches I’ve eaten in the past week or two.
Momofuku’s Milk Bar
Cereal Milk ice cream
Um, holy crap. Stopped into Momofuku’s Midtown pastry location, Milkbar one day after being good and bringing my lunch to work. Obviously I had to get myself a treat for being so good. WHATEVER I’M ALLOWED TO MISBEHAVE. This stuff is infused with real cereal! It tastes JUST like the bottom of the bowl after you’ve polished off a bowl of cornflakes – the perfect mix of salty, creamy, and sweet.
Rock ‘n Roll Deli
Bacon, Brie, and Avocado sandwich
One day, I was talking about how bacon is pretty much the best food in the world with one of my coworkers. He asked if I also like avocado and brie. Pretty sure if bacon’s #1, avocado and brie are numbers 2 and 3. He let me know that there’s a random deli on 6th Ave and 58th that makes him these special sandwiches (by request only) and also gives him a discount. Obviously I had to check it out. This thing was pretty delicious – not something I could eat every single day, but the fresh, buttery avocado paired with melty brie and the pork-y ambrosia of the gods (I’m referring to the bacon in case you didn’t catch that one) is definitely worth treating yourself to. Plus I bet this would be great to replicate at home.
Tina’s Cuban Cuisine
Fried pork sandwich, chicken empanadas
A favorite of Apple employees, Tina’s in Midtown serves up fresh, homey Cuban food. Not quite as good as Habana in SoHo, but it’s more of a streetfood version of Cubano cuisine. The same pal that introduced me to the bacon-brie-vacado-wich also brought me to Tina’s (he’s a good/bad influence depending on how you look at it). The fried pork sandwich was stuffed with lots of yummy fried pulled pork, mayo, and sweet plantains and smothered in Tina’s green sauce, which was just the perfect amount of spicy for me. We also got an order of chicken empanadas, which were fat little bundles of fried delicious that also tasted great with the green sauce. Definitely an affordable lunch in midtown, especially if you split with a friend! Half of a sandwich is more than enough for one person.
North Carolina BBQ. Pulled Pork Sandwich. Mac and Cheese. PBR. All you need to know.
Last weekend I went to the Brooklyn Flea Market with a friend from work in search of the amazing food I’d been hearing about. The Flea did not disappoint. There are actually a few a markets run by the Flea, and we hit up the one at Fort Greene. Next time, I’d love to go to Smorgasburg, the market in Williamsburg that’s completely food-centric (the market in Fort Greene has other vendors like antique dealers, artists, and jewelers). There was a great variety of artisanal producers – everything from The Milk Truck grilled cheese to the People’s Pops handmade frozen fruit pops and shaved ice – and the food eye candy alone was unbelievable, not to mention tasty.
Enough talking. Check out the food porn!
Maine Lobster Salad Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. Made extra yummy with mayo, celery, pickle, paprika, and my favorite – a toasted New England hot dog bun.
Hand-carved porchetta sandwich from the aptly-named Porchetta NYC.
The kind gentleman actually making the sandwich. Yum.mmm.mmmmmm.
After the flea, we were inspired and made sandwiches for a picnic.
Prosciutto, provolone, and roasted red peppers on a baguette. Yum city.
I love summer eating! What are you favorite outdoor summer spots?